Welcome to Guernsey
The second largest of the Channel Islands, Guernsey is the most
cosmopolitan, its worldliness perhaps stemming from the fact that
the internationally acclaimed French novelist Victor Hugo made his
home here after being exiled from his homeland, and wrote 'Les
Misérables' at his beloved Hauteville House. Renoir also painted
Today Guernsey is a magnet for beach and watersports
enthusiasts. The island has 27 fine beaches varying from rocky
coves in the south to long sandy beaches on the west coast (from
here the sunsets over the Atlantic are superb). Portelet, L'Eree,
Port Soif and Pembroke beaches are considered among the best in
Away from the sea (but not too far away, because it is difficult
to ignore the ocean on this tiny island) there are several
attractions to explore, particularly in the historic capital, St
Peter Port. This is the oldest settlement in the Channel Islands,
its patchwork of roofs rising from the harbour topping Roman
arches, coloured granite buildings and narrow medieval
If the fact that the ¤1 note is still in circulation in Guernsey
does not take you back in time, then one of the guided 'medieval'
walks around St Peter Port undoubtedly will. Low-duty shopping is
also a fun occupation in the town, and wining and dining in the
cafes, bistros and restaurants is pure gastronomic pleasure.
The most popular event of the year, culled from a full calendar
of fun and frolics ranging from tennis tournaments to dragon boat
races, is the annual week-long St Peter Port Carnival, held in
July, when the town's quayside becomes the backdrop for musicians
and street entertainers and the wharf turns into an alfresco
Just a short boat ride from St Peter Port is the island of Herm,
restricted in accommodation facilities and therefore usually
favoured as a day-trip from Guernsey by visitors wishing to take
time out from the 21st century on the little isle's tranquil
beaches and in the tiny village.
Information & Facts
Guernsey experiences a temperate climate with mild winter
weather and cool sunny summers. August and September are the
hottest months with temperatures averaging around 68°F (20°C). Snow
often falls in February, which is the coldest month, while the
wettest months are December through January. Temperatures rarely
drop below freezing, but the strong wind-chill from Arctic winds
can create near freezing conditions.
English is the official language, though visitors will be
astonished by the variety of regional accents.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100
pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards
should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels,
however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks.
Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by
tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last
Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).