Guernsey’s history dates back to around 10,000 B.C. when it was first settled as a dependent part of Normandy. Through the ages, it has been fought over by many powers including the French and British crowns, with mainland Britain eventually gaining control.
For tourists, there are plenty of attractions to enjoy in Guernsey, from incredible scenery to plenty of activities like cycling, walking and soaking up the island's beaches. Popular destinations include the Lihou Island Nature Reserve, Vale Castle and La Seigneurie Gardens which have recently been restored after years of neglect. Visitors looking for wildlife should head to Guernsey's offshore islands such as Sark and Herm where puffins, seals and other native species can be seen.
The best time to visit Guernsey is during spring or autumn when temperatures remain moderate and rainfall is not too excessive. Summers here experience mild temperatures and above-average amounts of sunshine but it can get quite humid during this time so best to avoid it if a relaxing holiday is your goal.
Guernsey cuisine is based on traditional English recipes with a focus on local produce such as fish and seafood caught daily in the surrounding waters. Common dishes include fish soup and gâche pastries which are generally sweet treats made using fruit.
As of 2020, Guernsey has a population of just under 60,000 people across an area of 78 square miles (200 km2). The official language is English but you may encounter something called Guernésiais which is a form of Norman French similar to that spoken in Jersey also.
Guernsey is not particularly expensive compared to most other European countries as a day out typically costs 30-50 GBP per person depending on what you do. The local currency is the Pound sterling (GBP) making it easy to understand what things cost when shopping here.