The fairytale island of Guernsey is an ideal retreat for families, couples and adventure seekers alike. Whether you fancy taking relaxing strolls among the lush greenery and beautiful blooms or go yacht-spotting at the harbour. Visit in spring or summer and the island will be alive with colour; take a winter trip and you’ll enjoy bracing hikes and the chance to warm up with hearty traditional cuisine. To sample breathtaking island beauty for yourself, book your cheap flights to Guernsey with Flybe today.
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The name Guernsey is a mixture of Old Norse and Spanish, and translates as ‘island of horns’. In reality, the island is far more delicate than its name would suggest; visitors will find themselves holidaying in a haven of floral delights and awe-inspiring natural beauty. A trip to the capital, St Peter’s Port, will have you ambling down picturesque cobblestone streets towards the sea, passing elegant Regency buildings as you go. Once at the water, you’ll have 27 different bays to explore, some picture-perfect stretches of golden sand that attract hordes of tourists in the summer months, and others less frequented yet still spectacular hidden coves. You’ll have a host of exhilarating coastal activities at your disposal in Guernsey, from climbing and cycling to diving, kayaking and windsurfing. To give you energy for your fun-packed days, the island’s locally-sourced, fresh food is unmatched for taste and quality.
With such abundant resources from both land and sea, it’s little surprise that Guernsey’s culinary offerings are second-to-none. Freshly caught, delicious seafood is a highlight, with fish and chips, lobster, and crab sandwiches all frequently enjoyed in beachside eateries. You mustn’t finish your holiday without sampling a Guernsey cream tea, all the more mouth-watering for the fresher-than-fresh dairy produce the island is famous for. Treat yourself to an exceptional afternoon tea experience at The Old Government House Hotel. For nightlife, you can’t top trendy St Peter’s Port. Here you’ll find chic cocktail bars like Laska and Red, where Guernsey’s fun-loving night-owls get together to drink and socialise in sophisticated surroundings.
If the idea of picking something original up when you’re on holiday, you’re in luck. While there are popular branded shops in Guernsey, there are independent and boutique retailers galore, particularly in St Peter’s Port. The High Street is a thriving centre of shopping activity, with gorgeous one-off clothes and jewellery sold in the quaint, pretty stores. The Old Quarter of the town is packed with quirky crafts shops and beautiful antiques. To get your hands on the famed Guernsey produce, the Fresh Friday Market is the place to be – every week, Market Square is filled with the sights and smells of the island’s most delectable delicacies.
In true generous Guernsey form, the charming Channel Island offers a wealth of things to do and see. For an intriguing glimpse into Guernsey’s cultural and literary heritage, it’s certainly worth looking in on Hauteville House, home to author Victor Hugo during the fourteen years he spent in exile from France. Take a guided tour and learn more about this fascinating writer and his relationship to the island. Take a stroll through the fragrant Wild Subtropical Garden at Sausmarez Manor, and you’ll experience a wonderful sense of tranquillity as well as awe at the splendid colours of the plant-life. Visit Guernsey’s ancient stronghold, Castle Cornet, for an epic slice of medieval history and a hefty helping of family fun.
Guernsey is a compact island, which luckily means that its airport is only 2.5 miles away from the capital, St Peter’s Port. It’s so easy to get from A to B on the island, and this includes journeys to and from Guernsey Airport. There are good travel links to various destinations on the island.
IATA code: GCI
Name: Guernsey Airport
Address: La Villiaze, Guernsey GY8 0DS, Guernsey
Telephone: +44 1481 237766
The car park at Guernsey Airport offers 275 spaces and is accessible during opening hours. There is a pay station system in operation at the car park, and the first hour of parking is free.
Guernsey’s small size means that rail links are unnecessary, but there are ample other available transport options. There is a regular HTC bus service which runs from the terminal to areas around the island, with a standard fare of £2 to all destinations.
Head over to the airport forecourt to access Guernsey Airport’s taxi service. There can be long wait times for a taxi, so it is advisable to book in advance.
As walkable as the island is, you’re likely to get more done in less time if you hire a car. You can do so from Guernsey Airport from a range of car hire companies.