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Guernsey belongs to the group of Channel Islands and is located in St.Malo`s Gulf. This very small island is just about fifty kilometers away from the coast of France and around hundred and thirty kilometers from the coast of England. It is a very popular island for going on excursions and spending holidays. Brits have been attracted to Guernsey for decades – it is a very friendly and peaceful destination where kids can play freely, while their parents enjoy relaxing on the beach. Pace of life in Guernsey is slower and more relaxed, so people that visit the island can enjoy taking long walks along the beautiful coastline, play some golf or wander the streets of the beautiful capital – St. Peter Port.
Best time to visit Guernsey is between the Easter Holidays in spring up until October, when the temperatures are pleasantly warm around 20 C. Average sea temperature in summer is around 17 C. Winters are mild, with February being the coldest month with average temperatures around 6 C. The temperature almost never drops below zero degrees and snowfall is rare occurrence.
Guernsey has plenty of beautiful botanical gardens, attractive coves and nice beaches. Sunsets are amazing and give this island a bit of a tropical feel. The beaches in Guernsey are some of the best of all British Isles, with L`Ancresse Bay in the north being one of the most popular places for sunbathing and swimming. Southern coast is rockier and ideal for those that enjoy kayaking, diving or cliff climbing. On the western side are the Vazon Bay and Cobo Bay, two ideal spots for windsurfers.
On Guernsey you will find plenty of dining options and many different restaurants. You can choose between English, French, Italian or even Chinese and Indian cuisines. St. Peter Port is a major destination where you will find some excellent eateries. The capital is also popular destination for shopping and nighttime entertainment. There are some interesting stores selling unique things from the island, and you must try some of the local sweet desserts like Creamy Guernsey fudge or the popular fruitcake called ‘gache’. A good thing to know is that on Guernsey there is no Value Added Tax, which makes many luxurious goods a lot cheaper than on mainland.
Interesting landmarks on Guernsey include the Castle Cornet which overlooks the St. Peter Port harbor. There you can visit the rich Maritime Museum and the Royal Guernsey Militia Museum. On the island there are lots of fortifications, and one attractive one is the Fortress Rousse dating from the 18th century. The Little Chapel is also very attractive, located at Les Vauxbelets. Inside the chapel you will see many colorful fragments. Victor Hugo`s house should not be missed, located on the southern side of the capital. You can also go see his statue and the Island Museum in Candie Gardens. Guernsey can also serve as an ideal place for exploring many other places in the Channel Islands. From Guernsey you can go on many daily boat excursions, including visits to the nearby islands of Jersey, Sark and Herm.