Guernsey

Guernsey


The 78 square kilometer and scenic island of Guernsey is one of the 14 Channel Islands. It is closer to France than to England. The distance to the coast of Normandy is 44 kilometers as the crow flies; between Guernsey and the English south coast, however, are 112 kilometers. Guernsey is 14 kilometers long and a maximum of 10 kilometers wide.

Guernsey - Landscape at Pleinmont

Guernsey - Landscape at Pleinmont


Guernsey - a special political construct

The official name of Guernsey is "Bailiwick of Guernsey". The island, which is part of England in the broadest sense, is not part of the "United Kingdom". Instead, it is a crown property. Crown properties are directly subordinate to the British crown. The English queen is the island's head of state they officially from a lieutenant governor. 

The Bailiwick of Guernsey, the English name, includes the islands of Alderney, Herm, Sark and several uninhabited islets. In June 2019 there were 63.196 residents on Guernsey. Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, is also a crown property.

Flag of the Bailiwick of Guernsey


Flag of the Bailiwick of Guernsey


Queen Victoria Memorial

 
Queen Victoria Memorial


Guernsey and Jersey have their own currencies, and they are allowed to print their own postage stamps. Both self-governing islands are nevertheless closely related to the United Kingdom. It follows that British and Scottish coins and banknotes are considered a means of payment.

Guernsey's climate

Guernsey is under the influence of the Gulf Stream. This ensures tolerable climatic conditions in summer and winter. The positive influence on the flora is unmistakable: banana jams, palm trees and cypresses are part of the landscape, along with the Guernsey lily. Speaking of the landscape: The Channel Island has beautiful little towns, lots of green land and enchanting beaches. Guernsey is worth a trip!

Guernsey - Subtropical plants in Candie Gardens

 

Guernsey - Subtropical plants in Candie Gardens


Flowers in Candie Gardens

 

Flowers in Candie Gardens 


Guernsey - economically

Not only the Gulf Stream has a positive effect on the island. The economic climate also appears to be beneficial. The traditional sources of income from agriculture and tourism are declining. More than 40 percent of the gross national product is generated by banks, fund companies, trusts and insurers. The island is - like Jersey - an important financial center and a tax haven. Capital thrives in the temperate climate of the Channel Islands.

Saint Peter Port - High Street with Lloyd TSB Bank

Saint Peter Port - High Street with Lloyd TSB Bank


Guernsey's island capital Saint Peter Port

Guernsey's island capital, Saint Peter Port, with a maximum of 20.000 inhabitants, is a picturesque town built on a hillside. 

The small town can be reached by air and sea. The airport is five kilometers away and offers various scheduled flight connections to cities in England, Ireland, Scotland and mainland Europe. 

Saint Peter Port - city panorama


Saint Peter Port - city panorama


Saint Peter Port - in the harbor


Saint Peter Port - in the harbor 


Ferry ships regularly call at the neighboring islands as well as Portsmouth in England and Saint-Malo in France. The inner harbor basin of the tidal harbor can only be entered during high water. Some of the berths in the inner harbor are falling dry. 

Guernsey - destination of cruise ships

 The varied sea panoramas, cliff paths, extensive pebble and sandy beaches and the offshore islands make Guernsey an attraction for nature-loving tourists. Last but not least, this applies to visitors arriving by cruise ship. In recent years, the number of cruise ships calling at Guernsey and the island's capital Saint Peter Port has leveled off at 100.

Guernsey - Bordeaux Harbor

Guernsey - Bordeaux Harbor


The ships lie in the roadstead and tend the passengers ashore. Ship guests are well advised to take a tour of the island first. Afterwards, the island's capital Saint Peter Port is ideal for an individual tour.

Guernsey has few spectacular sights. Visitors come because of the exceptionally beautiful landscape and because of the charming island capital of Saint Peter Port. Under Guernsey sightseeing let's introduce our favorites. 

Update May 2021

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