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Welcome to Sark


The smallest of the four main Channel Islands, at only three miles (5km) long and barely a mile and a half (2.5km) wide, Sark nevertheless boasts 40 miles (64km) of picturesque coastline festooned with bays and coves, caves, deep crystal pools and deserted beaches, and it certainly does not lack for accommodation options. The island is the smallest independent feudal state in Europe and is a step back in time.

The great novelty of Sark is that there are no cars on the island, and it can be reached only by sea. Getting around is on foot, by bicycle or horse-drawn carriage.

Just arriving at Sark is an unrivalled experience. Ferries moor at Maseline jetty and visitors walk through the tunnel at the end of the quay to board the 'toast rack', a tractor-drawn bus, which travels up and down the 300-foot (91m) harbour hill.

The old harbour of Creux is one of the world's smallest, used by the local fishermen, and is the venue for an extremely popular annual summer water carnival.

Information & Facts

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 additional charges.

Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
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