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Explore Guernsey

For an island of 24 square miles, there’s an amazing amount to see, do and experience in Guernsey. And perhaps that’s not surprising given what it’s been through over the centuries.

Geographically closer to Europe than the UK, the Bailiwick is a scattered archipelago of five main islands all easily visited from Guernsey which celebrated French author Victor Hugo described as '...little pieces of France fallen into the sea and picked up by Britain...'.

People have been drawn here for more than 9,000 years, so there is a wealth of fascinating remains and relics to explore, and the islands have been fought over down the centuries because of their strategically commanding presence in the English Channel.

That legacy and a blend of French culture and English familiarity is reflected in the architecture, fortresses and fortifications around the island - making it a rambler's paradise.

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Guernsey is noted for its outdoor culture - from alfresco dining to safe sandy beaches, there's something for everyone and plenty of under cover pursuits too.

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    Step out of your van... and into the perfect haven for lovers of the great outdoors.

    Beaches, biking, countryside and cliffs, coastline and coasteering plus unique flora and fauna - the island has it all. And best of all, it's super accessible right from your door.

    Beaucette CamperVans is next to Guernsey's biggest open public space, L'Ancresse Common, and gives unrivalled access to some of the best beaches, walks, swimming and eateries without needing to drive. Not only that, we're on hand to offer advice and guidance on how to get the best out of your stay.

    Want something a bit more bracing than a stroll?

    Other activities - ideal for the kids too - include karting at a specially designed track (over eights only), kayaking in secluded bays and exploring craggy cliffs and surfing. Want something new to try? Coasteering is an increasingly must-try exhilarating mix of swimming, climbing and rock jumping for both adults and children guided by experience instructors.

     

    Outdoors Adventure

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    Guernsey’s rich heritage means it has a story to tell around every corner and down every nook and cranny.

    From the venelles (steep mediaeval steps) that link Town’s High Street with the seafront to La Gran’mère du Chimquière, the island’s most famous ancient monument which sits just outside the entrance to St Martin’s parish church and which, as a Megalithic standing stone as old as the Pyramids, used to be revered by locals as a holy relic.

    Our campsite is a perfect base from which to explore on foot, with three heritage sites – one dating back to 3500BC – just minutes away and with easy access to bays and refreshment kiosks.

    Guernsey's second town, St Sampson's, is readily accessible and we offer hire bikes and recommended routes for those who want to roam a little further afield.

    The island can also be explored using your van, although some roads are narrow, and there is an excellent and cheap bus service as well. For more information click here.

    Getting about

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    For a glimpse of Guernsey gone by, sample the National Trust’s Folk Museum, a flagship attraction set within the island’s largest public park, the former estate of Baron de Saumarez, a prominent naval commander.

    Castle Cornet has guarded the safe haven of St Peter Port harbour for nearly 1,000 years and its fascinating history is told through tours, museums and displays. There are also four gardens, walks, art galleries and a well-appointed cafe.

    FUN FACT: Castle Cornet was one of the last Royalist bastions in the English Civil War of 1642–1651 while Guernsey itself declared for the Parliamentarian cause. Which meant Guernsey’s ‘own’ fortification fired an estimated 10,000 cannon balls at the Town while hostilities lasted!

    The other jewel in the crown is St Peter Port itself – an ancient port town with Mediaeval remnants like the original Barrier du Ville or boundary, buildings and narrow ways plus vibrant, tax-free shopping and access to other attractions.It’s well worth taking a day to explore properly and stroll to La Vallette Underground Military Museum, the former home of exiled Victor Hugo, Hauteville House, and Candie Gardens and the Guernsey Museum. One of Guernsey’s defining moments came in 1940 when the Channel Islands became the only part of Britain to be invaded by the German Nazi army. The German Occupation Museum tells the story of grim five years under enemy occupation and the privations experienced by islanders.

    Must see...

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    Perfect though Guernsey is, it’s also a great launch pad to its sister islands of Herm, with its famous Shell Beach, car-free Sark, Alderney, heavily fortified in the Napoleonic Wars with France, and tiny Lihou, all less than an hour away, and each with its unique charm and attraction.

    Island-hopping breaks can also be planned around one of the Bailiwick’s many special events. From the increasingly popular beer and cider festivals on Herm and Sark to the lively and unique Alderney Week celebrations, and a newly-introduced Channel Islands Heritage Festival that spans all four isles, there is always something exciting to see and do!

    Island-hopping is also a great way to include a boat trip on your holiday, with Herm just 20 minutes away while Alderney and Sark give more time afloat, taking about an hour. Exceptional views of the Bailiwick guaranteed!

    Alderney  Herm  Sark

    FUN FACT: Lihou is an island you can walk to! At low tide the former Benedictine Priory built in 1114 is linked to Guernsey by an ancient causeway, making it a magnet for family picnics and a swim in the natural Venus Pool formed in the rocks overlooking the Ramsar wetland nature reserve.

    Island Hopping

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    As a premier holiday destination, Guernsey has an impressive range of events to suit all ages and tastes, from guided walks around St Peter Port to art exhibitions, town carnivals and an outdoor cinema specially for the summer.

    In fact, you and your family are likely to be spoilt for choice when trying to decide what to do while here in the island.

    The official, updated list can be found here

    Upcoming Events:

    The Channel Islands Heritage Festival

    MARCH – MAY

    Over six weeks of festivities celebrating the Islands’ past, focusing on the extensive maritime and mercantile history found here.

    Events

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    With 27 readily accessible beaches, you really will be spoilt for choice – and there’s always one that’s out of the wind. As well as offering sun, sand and sea, many have kiosks and other facilities to help make your day and the bays themselves are among the cleanest in the British Isles with excellent water quality.

    Vazon Bay, on the west coast, was recently awarded Britain’s Cleanest Beach award while Grandes Rocques, a short distance to the north, was placed in the top 10.

    East coast beaches include pebbled and picturesque Fermain Bay, which can be reached on foot only, and is great for swimming and has a café, which serves restaurant quality food.

    Moulin Huet, one of the island's stunning south coast bays, is trickier to access but well worth the effort, offering both dramatic backdrops and views - Renoir was this bay's biggest fan and spent a summer sketching this exact spot in 1883.

    West coast beaches tend to be wide, flat and sandy, as are those on the north coast. Favourites include Cobo, Port Soif and Pembroke, which are all easier to access and have toilet facilities and a kiosk.

    Best Bays

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    Tasty Walks is a series of 18 self-guided strolls created by Visit Guernsey which make the most of the best the island has to offer – its stunning scenery and fabulous food.

    All are designed with walkers of all ages and abilities in mind and can be accompanied by a free downloadable audio guide, voiced by TV personality James Strawbridge, which talks you through your walk and points out places of historical importance or interest.

    Maps and a transcript are also available and each walk includes cafes and restaurants, beachside kiosks and cliff top cafes to help you make the most of your journey around our island.

    For more details click here

    Tasty Walks

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One of the best things about these is their quirky 'through the looking glass' quality - where the unexpected suddenly comes into focus, a corner turned becomes a stunning view or a chance conversation becomes a holiday-enhancing moment.

You'll have fun stumbling on these things for yourselves no doubt but in the meantime, here's Beaucette CamperVans's top tips for a better break:
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Sunrise swim

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Best butty

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Super Stroll

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Ghostly contact

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Spirit Stiffener

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Famous fries

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’Ale and hearty

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