The Bailiwick of Guernsey is located in the English Channel, off France’s Normandy Coast. Guernsey and the Bailiwick of Jersey together form the Channel Islands. Officially, they are self-governing and not a part of the U.K. or France, and neither are they considered full-fledged EU members. The summer months of July and August are pleasantly mild and warm, but the winters are just as miserable as the British Isles. The population of 65,500 is divided into ten parishes concentrated on Guernsey Island and its capital city of St Peter Port, with smaller communities on the islands of Aldeney, Sark, and Herm. You can get a car for hire in Guernsey to explore St. Peter Port, and then hop over to Saint Anne on Alderney or the White House Hotel on Herm for day trips.
Guernsey Island is the second biggest in the Channel Islands after Jersey, and the main city and capital is St. Peter Port. Get a car for rent in Guernsey and explore the historic city up on a cliff above the harbor on the east coast. Cruise ships dock here and bring thousands of passengers eager to take in the cliff walks, the cobbled High Street, and the VAT free shops. There are castles to see, along with watchtowers, forts, bunkers, and museums. Pleinmont Observation Tower and Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum are prime examples. Visit the beaches and coves on the west and south shores, and maybe hop across the causeway to Lihou Island to see the 12th century Priory of St. Mary’s.
The town of St. Anne on Alderney has a delightful selection of pubs and seafood restaurants. The cobbled streets, sandy beaches and miles of walking tracks and cliff paths make it a delight for day trips. The most convenient beach is Braye Bay, just a few minutes from the harbor and protected by the breakwater. Other beaches worth a look-see include Saye, Longis Bay, Arch Bay, Corblets Beach, and Platte Saline. If you fancy a pub crawl, Divers Inn is the nearest to Braye Beach. Other choices include the Bar at Braye Beach Hotel, St Anne's Brasserie on Olliver Street, and Coronation Inn on High Street.
Modernity has not made much of a dent in Herm. You can laze on the pristine beaches or hole up in the White house Hotel and forget the world outside. This is the only hotel on the island, and it does not have telephones or television. Bear in mind this is a luxury hotel with suites and cottages, and you unwind with tea by the garden pool or cozy up with a book by the lounge fireplace.
You will not be doing any driving on Sark, where they prefer horse drawn carriages. But you can book your car rental in Guernsey right now and zip around on Guernsey Island to explore the rest of the place outside St. Peter Port. You can start from the harbor and head past the city on Forest road to the airport and then around the tip of the island on Route de Plienmont to Lihou Island and continue on the west coast past Fort Houmet to Port Soif and on to Vale to see Vale Castle and Bordeaux Harbor.
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