Travel to Guernsey gets the green light!
With uncertainty surrounding holiday travel in 2021, you may be thinking an island break is unlikely this year. Well, think again, as from the 1st July Guernsey is preparing to welcome back UK visitors so that island feeling is well and truly within your grasp. What’s even better is that for those visitors who have received both vaccinations (with the second does being at least 14 days prior to arrival), there are no testing or self-isolation requirements on arrival. Click here for further details. For those yet to have both vaccines, Guernsey has a ‘Categories’ system in place, click here for further details.
Like us at Channel Islands Direct, we know many of you will need no encouragement to be winging your way across the Channel to Guernsey as soon as possible. If you’ve yet to visit and aren’t too sure what’s on offer or, simply want to catch up on what there is to see, do and enjoy on the island, then read on….
With the ocean on its doorstep and an abundance of green space, there are plenty of enticements, whether you’re in search of adventure or a relaxed island break. Guernsey is full of places to visit, from ancient castles, hidden bunkers, art galleries and delightful gardens to glorious sandy beaches and secluded coves to fully embrace the simple pleasures of a British seaside holiday – we’re thinking sandcastles, beach games, rock pools and scrummy ice creams!
St Peter Port, the island’s charming capital, is rightly considered one of Europe’s prettiest harbour towns thanks to its cobbled streets, picturesque marina and vibrant squares. Highlights include Castle Cornet which has guarded the town for over 800 years, beautiful Candie Gardens and Hauteville House, once home to legendary “Les Miserables” writer Victor Hugo. Alternatively, spend time ambling around the town’s boutique shops or simply sit back with a coffee and bite to eat while watching the world go by.
Indeed, when it comes to food and drink, Guernsey bursts with flavour and, across the island, a multitude of incredible eateries serve up ocean views and a good bite to eat. With beachside kiosks and cafes to market stalls, local pubs and fine dining restaurants all to choose from, there’s sure to be something to tickle your tastebuds and ensure you don’t leave hungry.
During the challenges of the last year, many of us have rediscovered the joy of stepping out in the fresh air or have dusted off our bikes and got back in the saddle. Should you need further encouragement, Guernsey’s natural landscapes are just perfect for exploring on foot or by pedal power with a variety of cycle-friendly roads and numerous self-guided walks taking in the coastline and countryside. If you really are into your walking, perhaps plan your visit to coincide with one of the popular annual walking festivals, either in spring or autumn, which have options to suit all ages and interests, be it a peaceful stroll or challenging ramble.
It's not all about the quiet life though, as the island is a haven for adventure seekers with ample opportunities to get active in Guernsey's great outdoors. One such pastime and growing wellness trend is sea swimming, and Guernsey’s pretty coves are just the spot for a revitalising dip in fresh clean water – with many locals and visitors splashing out whatever the time of year! Our favourites include La Vallette bathing pools, which are suitable for the whole family, Cobo Bay, the tucked away beaches of the Fermain Valley and Moulin Huet Bay, whose shallow waters are as turquoise as the Caribbean.
Guernsey is also a great launch pad from which to visit the sister islands of Sark, Alderney and Herm. Considered the crown jewel of the Channel Islands, prepare to step back in time on beautiful Sark. Here, cars are prohibited, and the island’s unspoilt landscape and charming unpaved roads are best explored on foot, by bike or even horse-drawn carriage. Herm is another car free island and is the perfect place to experience quintessential island life while the gorgeous white sand beaches invite relaxation. Alderney serves up golden sands, historical intrigue and the only working railway in the Channel Islands. It’s also renowned for its rich wildlife and boasts 50 miles of scenic walking trails. The ferry journey from Guernsey is just 20 minutes to Herm or 50 minutes to Sark, while Alderney is only 15 minutes by air, making it easy to get hopping around.
While many will consider Guernsey for a spring or summer break, the island is a worthy contender for a getaway in autumn or winter too. In autumn the island enjoys a riot of auburn foliage and lingering sunshine, as well as the annual six week long Tennerfest (01 October-12 November 2021) when many restaurants offer special menus from just £10, giving the excuse, if one were needed, to feast on hearty local dishes. In winter, look forward to invigorating walks along undisturbed beaches and windswept cliff paths before ducking into a cosy pub for some comfort food beside a roaring fire.
Yes, all of this and so much more is yours to discover in Guernsey and, it’s easily accessible from the mainland too. As part of the UK Common Travel Area, you can fly to Guernsey in under an hour from an array of regional airports that pretty much cover the length and breadth of the UK. Alternatively, Condor Ferries operate year round from Poole (fast ferry) and Portsmouth (traditional ferry), enabling you to pack your car with everything you need before sitting back and relaxing as you set sail.
Give us a call today and we’ll be happy to discuss your holiday requirements so that you can soon be sipping a sundowner or two beside the sea.