A sunny oasis situated off the coast of France, Guernsey is a hub for outdoor enthusiasts. Kayak around the rugged coastline, or hike one of the many self-guided routes along the magnificent cliffs. Make sure to stop in St. Peter Port, Guernsey’s historic capital city, to sample the island’s fresh fish and local butter. Fly from May 2019!
For stretching only 15km in length, Guernsey is surprisingly well populated. The bustling Channel Island is home to 60,000 locals that are renowned for their friendliness. St. Peter Port – Guernsey’s capital city – is remarkably cosmopolitan despite its winding cobblestoned streets, and it offers a great selection of cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops. Nevertheless, some of Guernsey’s rustic charm has been maintained; if you wander away from the city centre, you’re likely to encounter what the locals refer to as ‘hedge veg’ stalls – stands at the side of the road that sell fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, and peppers.
Hauteville House is Guernsey’s claim to fame, recognized for being the place where Victor Hugo wrote Les Misérables in 1862. The house towers over the historic St. Peter Port, and visitors continue to queue to explore the Renaissance-inspired interiors and charming garden that inspired Hugo’s work. Castle Cornet, located a short walk away, is equally impressive. The 800-year-old castle overlooks the harbour, offering panoramic views across the water.
Brave visitors can descend into Le Creux ès Faies, a Neolithic tomb that was once known for being the entrance to the Fairy Kingdom. According to folklore, the faeries would leave the tomb during the full moon to dance, only returning to the tomb when the sun rose. Today, eager visitors continue to peek into the chamber, hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive winged dancers.
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