Guernsey, Channel Islands
Guernsey is a lush garden of flowers and vegetables, with about 300 miles of roads and lanes. The island has retained its natural beauty and the coastline has remained unspoilt. Dotted around the island you will see occasional crumbling ruins, and herds of the golden Guernsey cows.
However hard you compare the merits of Jersey with those of its largest neighbour, there's one category in which Guernsey will always win - its capital. St. Peter Port, hugging the slopes that rise back from the sea, has managed to preserve a mixture of elegance and charm that St. Helier (Jersey) could never pretend to match. In fact, you'd have to go much further afield than St. Helier to find a town as endearingly quaint, tidy and well-preserved as St. Peter Port.
The neat lines of Regency and Victorian buildings, the numerous cobbled streets, the steep stairways and alleyways weaving their way up and down between houses, a forest of boat masts jostling for attention just a few meters from the building overlooking the harbour - all this gives St. Peter Port a charisma that most would associate more with the Mediterranean than the Gulf of St. Malo.
Things to see and do
* Guided walking tours
* The Guernsey Diamond Museum
* Guernsey Museum and art gallery
* The Little Chapel
* Victor Hugo House
Cruise Season – March to Nov
Currency – Guernsey Pound(GDP)
Language – English & French
Land Area – 78 sq km’s
Population – 65,000
Electricity – 2 pin Round pins European style
Time –GMT/UTC plus 0 hours
International Country Telephone Code – +1481
Port Location – The Port is located at St Peter Port which is the capital city of Guernsey.
Transport Links – There are no trains on the island; roads are small but not busy. The island is 9 miles long x 3 miles wide, so a bicycle is a good way to get around.
Guernsey can only be reached by plane or boat. Guernsey airport has flight links to the UK, France, Jersey, Alderney, Netherlands and Germany. Ferries run from St Peter Port to the UK, France and other Channel Islands. There is a conventional ferry year round from Portsmouth, and high speed catamarans from Weymouth and Poole in the summer. The conventional ferry runs in all weather, the catamarans can be delayed or cancelled by high seas.