With its blissful coastline, scenic walks and myriad of historical points of interest, it’s easy to get far from the madding crowd and discover a different side to Guernsey. Guests at The Duke of Richmond Hotel and The Old Government House Hotel & Spa should prepare to discover empty, idyllic coves, the best spot to watch the sunset, authentic fish and chips, and an ancient island that only reveals itself during low tide. Here’s our guide to five of Guernsey’s lesser-known, utterly unmissable attractions.
‘The Island’ at Port Soif
One of Guernsey’s most idyllic beaches, Port Soif is a charming, horseshoe-shaped bay. Visit when the tide is right and its pink granite rocks provide a fantastic swimming area. There’s also an excellent beach café, Surfside, which is known for its excellent crab sandwiches.
Coves at Marble Bay and Divette
In addition to its family-friendly options, Guernsey also caters for those that dream of empty, undisturbed beaches. For ultimate tranquillity, head to the east coast of the island and follow the trail to Bec du Nez before continuing along the coast to the supremely peaceful coves of Marble Bay and Divette. Take a dip at either of these secluded spots and enjoy the unbridled peace and quiet.
Take tea and cake in Saints Bay
Guernsey isn’t short of beach cafes offering tasty treats for weary explorers, and there are plenty of delicious pit stops to be found. Take a walk along the south coast of the island and make a refreshment stop in the beautiful Saints Bay. The beach kiosk here can always be relied upon for excellent homemade cakes and freshly brewed tea.
Sample Fish and Chips at Cobo Bay as the sun sets
The west coast is known for its silky soft white sands and incredible sunsets, and Cobo Bay excels at both. Pick up your fish and chips from Cobo Fish Bar, thought by many to be the island’s best, and as the sun goes down, find your perfect spot on this wide stretch of sand.
A marine reserve that’s accessible for two weeks of every month, the cobbled causeway to Lihou only appears at low tide. However, it’s well worth being organized enough to visit this island; it’s home to over 150 species of bird, a ruined 12th century priory and the Venus Pool. The deep Venus Pool, which naturally occurs during low tide, offers fantastic swimming opportunities.
Image Credits: All images courtesy of Visit Guernsey.