Top reasons to visit Guernsey in the Spring

GUERNSEY Published 24 April 23 by Matt

As the days begin to draw out and flowers like daffodils, snowdrops and crocus’ start to bloom, why not put a real spring in your step by getting away on a Guernsey holiday.

This charming and picturesque island, which has all the familiarity of home along with a little bit of je ne sais quoi thanks to its location just off France’s Normandy coast, has all the ingredients you need for a spring getaway: glorious natural scenery, rich history, a multitude of eateries, fascinating festivals and outdoor adventure aplenty.

Here are just a few reasons why we think you should plan a holiday in Guernsey this spring.

  • Beautiful Scenery: Guernsey is a true natural gem with breathtaking landscapes, a variety of beaches to explore, tranquil countryside, and vibrant gardens bursting with a kaleidoscope of colours. With some of the most beautiful coastal panoramas in the UK and Europe, cliff walks and hikes are a cornerstone of Guernsey culture, and the mild temperatures make spring an ideal time to step out.

  • Historic Sites: Guernsey boasts a rich heritage and has many notable attractions where you can delve into the past. Top spots for history buffs include 800 year old Castle Cornet and its five museums; the German Occupation Museum for a unique insight into life in Guernsey during the occupation from 1940-1945; Victor Hugo’s former residence Hauteville House was where many of his masterpieces were written during his exile; and Fort Grey, a former Martello Tower which now houses the Shipwreck Museum.

  • Festivals and Events: Should you need more of a reason to hop over the Channel for a Guernsey holiday in spring, why not coincide your visit with one of the many island festivals. Perhaps the Spring Walking Festival would appeal? It runs from 20 May-04 Jun 23 and features a range of guided walks from coastal hikes and hidden ‘ruettes tranquilles’ to exploring beautiful St Peter Port.  We also recommend the Guernsey Literary Festival which takes place between 02-14 May 23 and features inspirational speakers and more than 50 events, while from 27-28 May the Guernsey Together Music Festival is a celebration of music, dance, food and drink. Talking of food, throughout April the Taste Guernsey Food Festival celebrates the very best of Guernsey produce. Last but by no means least, on 09 May, the island commemorates the island’s freedom from German forces during World War II.

  • Food and Drink: Let’s face it, food and drink are a big part of any holiday, and with a thriving restaurant scene showcasing fresh and local, Guernsey won’t disappoint. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll discover a multitude of highly acclaimed eateries, cosy country pubs and welcoming cafes all dishing up everything you could wish for, from steak and seafood to pizzas and plant-based menus. Guernsey also has a variety of local breweries, cider makers, and wineries to check out and of course try a tipple or two.

  • Outdoor Activities: If you’re looking for things to do, Guernsey is an outdoor playground with fun for all, so you’ll find every opportunity to get stuck into island life. Why not get out on the water by hiring a kayak or paddleboard to explore peaceful bays or, if you’re brave enough, join locals and dive into some wild swimming. On dry land, aside from fabulous walking, the island is also perfect for exploring on two wheels, with peaceful country lanes and coastal paths to pedal along, not to mention the stunning views at every turn.

  • Beach Life: From sandy spots where you can relax with family and friends to sheltered bays perfect for fun on and below the waves (although the sea may be a bit bracing in the early part of spring!), Guernsey has a variety of beaches to explore.

  • Island Hopping: – Guernsey’s sister islands of Sark, Herm, Alderney and Lihou are within easy reach, either by boat or plane, so why not add some island hopping to your spring getaway! Step back in time on Sark, a jewel of an island where there are no cars so exploring is on foot, by bike or even horse-drawn carriage. Tranquil Herm is a welcoming oasis with long stretches of sands, cliff paths with views to the French coast and a delightful laid-back vibe. Alderney welcomes with historical sites, golden beaches, rich wildlife and the Channel Island’s only railway, while Lihou, which is accessed via a cobbled causeway from Guernsey is a birdwatching paradise with over 150 species to observe.

With all this and more lying less than an hour’s flight or three hour ferry sailing from the UK mainland, there is no need for a long haul journey to feel like you’re a world away.