Guernsey, Channel Islands, England, is a beautiful island, which is a British Crown Dependency (effectively, this means it is English-speaking, even though it is closer to France and near to Normandy). The first language is English and the currency used is the pound, not the Euro. It covers just twenty-four square miles, so Guernsey, Channel Islands, England hostel accommodations are limited. There are twenty-seven beaches on Guernsey and more than twenty-eight miles of clifftop walks. It has a temperate climate, so the winters are mild and the summers are warm.
There is one airport on Guernsey, with many flights going to a number of locations in the UK and a few to France and Spain. Ferries make regular crossings from Poole and Portsmouth, in Dorset. It takes them just a few hours to reach St. Peter Port on the eastern coast of Guernsey. Guernsey Information Centre is located on the north Esplanade, providing useful maps and leaflets for people as soon as they step off the boat. It is an easy walk straight into the city centre from the dock side.
St. Peter Port is interesting to walk around, but it is rather hilly. It is host to a variety of shops and restaurants. There is also Victor Hugo's former home, which has been turned into a museum. The other option on arrival is to walk along the craggy coastline. La Valette Bathing Pools are a series of lidos wholly filled by the water from the ocean they lay beside. As these are not manned by lifeguards or staff charging fees, caution must be exercised if the sea looks rough.
The eight-hundred-year-old Castle Cornet juts out into the sea off St. Peter Port and is visible as you arrive into the port by boat. It is open from March to October for visitors who want to explore the museums, gardens, and battlements here. There is also an Occupation Museum further inland, which concentrates on the Nazi occupation of the island for five years in the forties.
L'Eree Headland is to the southwest of the island and a pleasant option for walkers. It has a nature reserve for nesting birds. The nineteenth-century tower, Fort Saumarez, looks over the headland; the Germans added a four-storied observation tower onto it, but this is not open to the public.
There are no trains on Guernsey, but buses run throughout the island. Boat trips are available to take you to the neighbouring islands of Alderney, Sark, and Herm. A day trip to Guernsey provides enough time to cover the main sights, but a week would be better so you can take in the whole island as well as its nearby neighbours.
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