Flights to Guernsey

This little island off the Atlantic Coast is an alluring mix of British culture and French elegance. With street names and cuisine borrowed from the Gallic homeland, Guernsey is a romantic home away from home.

Perfect for a long weekend, Guernsey boasts unspoilt beaches and landscapes dotted with swaying tropical palms. Fiery sunsets over the Atlantic are as spectacular as any in the southern hemisphere. Laid back and relaxed it is impossible to be in a hurry in Guernsey. From the lush green botanic gardens to the winding streets with their colourful seafront houses, everything here encourages the visitor to throw away their watch and switch to island time.

Some of the most beautiful sights on Guernsey include Castle Cornet that stands guard over the harbour in St Peter Port. There is plenty more opportunity for castle spotting with fortifications dotted around the coastline, including the 18th century Fortress Rousse which is open to the public. In warmer weather, it is possible to dive and snorkel to see the delightful marine life that lives beneath the sea. Those hardy enough to brave the waves in a dry suit are welcome to do this at any time of year!

Havelet Bay and Belle Greve Bay are two lovely quiet beaches just made for catching some sun or wandering on a wild, grey day. Those preferring a livelier family day out can spend the day on larger beaches like L’Ancresse Bay and Grande Havre. Energetic visitors should make the most of the heady views and bracing winds on the cliffs - a walk along their rugged paths is highly recommended.

Be sure to visit the smallest church in the world, the beautiful Little Chapel at Les Vauxbelets with its space for two. Neolithic tombs near the yacht marina take visitors back to days when witches once gathered at its shores, while Fort Grey Maritime Museum is a must for fans of anything nautical. It is also a good place to watch the local seabirds.

The island’s one stately home, Sausmarez Manor, is home to a fantastic Saturday morning farmer’s market not to mention a rather unique sculpture park in the grounds, while the capital, St Peter Port, with its fishing village charm, has a lovely selection of local shops.

The surf’s up on Cobo Bay and Vazon Bay with their perfect waves, or for those seeking alternative thrills, kitesurfing is another watersport available. Whether it is an adrenalin rush or a coffee rush, Guernsey caters for both. With cosy cafes, award winning dining and lively local pubs, Guernsey’s laid-back exterior belies its actually rather chic and cosmopolitan personality.

The following information is correct as of February 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Guernsey Airport is located just 4 miles from St Peter, the centre of Guernsey, and can be reached by car in less than 15 minutes. A local bus and taxi service also operates from outside the terminal of this small but architecturally innovative island airport. 

What you need to know

Currency: Guernsey Pound

Visas: UK and EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Guernsey. A passport valid for at least three months beyond the length of stay is required by all nationalities apart from EU nationals who must possesses an ID card. Nationals of other countries may require a visa for entry. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.

Laws: There is a ban on smoking in all public places across the island of Guernsey. This includes cafes, shops, churches, restaurants, clubs, bars, workplaces and public transport. The legal age for purchasing alcohol on the island is 18. This includes consuming alcohol in licensed premises.

Best Time to Visit

While Guernsey is lovely to visit all year round, perhaps the best time in during the summer, particularly from June to August, when there is the highest chance of sunshine and warm weather. Of course, this is peak season so flights will be more expensive with larger numbers of tourists visiting the islands beautiful coastal resorts; but it is undoubtedly the best time to enjoy all the wonderful outdoors that Guernsey has to offer.

From September to November the island becomes a peaceful haven with red and gold trees lining the streets. Winters are largely chilly, windy and occasionally wet but perfect for seeing Guernsey at its tourist-free best.

Other highlights on the island include the lively Salsa Weekend, Hockey Festival and Badminton Tournament, all held in March; the delectable Springtime Guernsey food extravaganza and the Flora Festival, brightening up the month of April and wild flowers and summer jazz from May to September. With yacht races, food festivals, live music, walking weeks, beach events, comedy festivals, outdoor theatre, Medieval Midsummer, castle nights and marathons just for starters; this little island certainly knows how to enjoy itself!

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