Guernsey is the perfect launch pad to explore neighbouring Bailiwick islands and beyond. Whether you are looking for a stroll along a deserted beach or a quiet nook to cosy up and read your book in, an action filled day, a bit of shopping or a chance to explore a castle, Bailiwick island hopping holidays are what you are looking for.
Herm and Sark offer a traffic-free paradise for those who long for the quiet life. Alderney will welcome you with open arms and Jersey is perfect if you want a more cosmopolitan day out. Further afield, France offers a whole host of opportunities. Explore ancient picturesque towns or just sit and watch the world go by in one of the many cafes and restaurants.
For a truly unique day out head to our sister island of Sark.
Traffic-free, with stunning coastal views and a picturesque rural interior, the island is easily reached by ferry from Guernsey in about 50 minutes.
Rattle up harbour hill in the legendary 'toast rack', a makeshift tractor-pulled minibus - an unforgettable experience for every visitor. With no cars, the 600 residents get about by bicycle or horse and carriage, which has a dramatic affect on the pace of life.
A holiday on Sark really is like stepping back in time. But, while it has retained a more sedate feel, many of the island's hotels have introduced a more modern luxurious feel. In January 2011, Sark was designated the first Dark Sky Island Community in the world. This recognises that Sark is sufficiently clear of light pollution to allow naked-eye astronomy.
Sark is also proving to be a haven for writers, well-known Danish author Lene Kaaberbol has made the island her home. Sark also provided the inspiration for Rosa Rankin-Gee's book The Last Kings of Sark. Rosa was featured in The Guardian, read more here: www.theguardian.com/books/2013/dec/01/rosa-rankin-gee-interview-sark
It may be small in numbers, but Sark has still managed to produce a gold medal-winning Olympian. Carl Hester struck gold in the 2012 London games as part of the dressage team and, as a result, the island's only post box outside the post office on the Avenue was painted gold - and will remain gold for at least four years.
Sark is best experienced either on foot or by bicycle, which are available for rent on the island. Alternatively, take a horse-drawn carriage and let a local guide show you the highlights and hidden gems, including La Seigneurie, the Venus Pool and Adonis Pool, both natural swimming pools whose waters are refreshed at high tide.
The island has become increasingly self-sufficient and Sark residents produce a whole host of local produce. This is not limited to the freshest vegetables and fruits, the island has its own bakery and, among other goods, produces its own milk and butter and luxury chocolate. Islanders also rear beef and pork which is highly sought after because of its fabulous taste. Of course, the island is also famous for its amazing seafood, with juicy hand-dived scallops and lobsters caught and served daily during peak season.
Evidence shows that the Island was occupied as far back as the megalithic period. Fascinating finds of Roman horse-silver, dating from the first century BC, have brought archaeologists back to the island time and time again to uncover more about Sark's unique early history.
Sark is split into two islands - the main island, which is just over two square miles, and Little Sark to the south, which is accessed by Le Coupee. The narrow causeway is 300 ft long and has a drop of 330 ft each side. Protective railings were erected in 1900 but previous to that children would crawl across in their hands and knees to avoid being blown over the edge.
Until 2008, Sark was the last feudal system in Europe. A new constitution was approved by HM Queen Elizabeth II through Privy Council and a general election for a new style fully demographic government was held in December 2008.
The new government is made up of 28 fully elected Conseillers and the Seigneur still has a role. In the new government there are no protected seats for landowners, as there were previously.
If you do choose to stay in one of the many hotels, guest houses, self-catering cottages and campsites there is one essential piece of advice, and that is to take a torch.
*SPECIAL OFFER FOR JULY & AUGUST 2014*
Book your day trip to Sark and a Coastal Cruise of the east & south coast of Guernsey together and receive 20% discount off both trips.
In order to receive this offer, please telephone the main ticket office on 01481 724059 or call into our ticket office at the White Rock in Guernsey.
Adult to Sark £22.24
Adult Coastal Cruise £19.99
Child to Sark £10.32
Child Coastal Cruise £9.59
T: +44 (0) 1481 724059
If you are holidaying with a car, please note that, due to ongoing works at the harbour, there is currently no provision for parking over 10 hours. There is a large car park, North Beach, situated alongside the harbour which has 10 hour, two and three hour spaces. Also worth bearing in mind is that, from Monday to Friday, this long term parking is popular with office workers so does fill up early, by approximately 8am. Salerie Corner is a short walk from the harbour, along the seafront heading North, which also offers 10 hour parking.
If you are planning on staying in Sark for longer than a day trip, it is advised that you take public transport or a taxi to and from the harbour.
There is no paid parking in Guernsey but vehicle owners must display a paper parking clock which will be supplied with a hire car or can be bought from the Tourist Information Centre or Police Station.
For further details on Sark see the Island's Tourism website
VisitGuernsey PO Box 23
St Peter Port
Information Centre Tel: +44 (0)1481 723552
General email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guernsey Information Centre North Plantation
St Peter Port