Accommodation | Experiences | Food & Drink 30 September 2022

Adventure and Romance on The Islands of Guernsey

There is so much to do together on The Islands of Guernsey, from long lazy picnics to exploring secret spots and having ocean adventures.

The Islands of Guernsey are a special place to visit, and have been the setting for many romantic moments, including this beautiful proposal over Petit Port beach, which was made possible with the help of many friendly locals.

We have rounded up some of the most romantic activities and places to visit on The Islands of Guernsey for a romantic trip with your significant other.

Discover A Secret Spot For Historical Lovers

For an adventure with a difference, head to Candie Gardens Museum and Gallery and ask for 'the secret key'. You will be handed an original, and somewhat weighty, iron key that will give you access to a historic public building, Victoria Tower. Upon receipt of the key, you can head up the ninety-nine stairs to the top of the tower, which overlooks St Peter Port and out to sea. Whilst there, look closely for the carved initials of exiled resident Victor Hugo, who wrote Les Misérables while he was living on the island, and his lover Juliette Drouet. The pair used to meet in secret in the tower. The view from the top of the tower is definitely worth the climb.

Have a Pre-Dinner Cocktail

There are many places available to go for a great pre-dinner drink on Guernsey. You can enjoy a glass of champagne or a gin and tonic at The Crown Club, found in the 5 star Old Government House Hotel. You can enjoy your drink inside the Crown Club, in the Conservatory or outside in the private Olive Grove Gardens, overlooking St Peter Port and the neighbouring Islands.

Both Red and The Hook offer extensive cocktail menus with stunning views out over the harbour. Balthazar, along the town sea front, is popular with locals and visitors alike. Their cosy bar area has live Jazz music every Wednesday evening, and a live performer most weekends, for you to enjoy alongside your drink. They also have the Tik-Tok-famous disco-toilets.

Both Tinto and Rouge have cosy corners to enjoy a glass of wine and some light bites together before heading on to dinner.

Explore by Foot or Bike

Walking is popular with locals and visitors alike across all of the Islands of Guernsey, and the views and sights you will encounter make this the perfect activity for a romantic day out. From short walks around quiet country lanes to hikes along stunning cliff paths, you could spend hours walking and enjoying the views together. There are also many historical points of interest dotted all along the coast to educate you along the way, from castles and forts to sights of folklore and myth, and everything in between. If you want to find a specific self-guided route, or need help deciding where to go, click here.

If you’d prefer to move at a slightly quicker pace, bikes can be hired from several stores on our Islands, all of which, with the exception of Herm, welcome cyclists. Cycling on the Islands of Guernsey gives you easy access to key attractions and allows you to explore at your own pace, side by side. Whether you are looking for a few hours of cycling fun or to hire bikes for several days, both are possible from a range of different retailers on Guernsey, Alderney and Sark. There are bikes to suit everyone’s needs, from mountain and electric bikes, to tandems and everything in between.

EVie bikes, electric bikes with a high power motor and a 15 mph top speed to get up those steep countryside hills, are available to hire on Guernsey. They can go up to 40 miles (65km) on a single charge, so you have plenty of miles available for you to explore the Island by bike. When you’re done, your EVie bike can be returned at any marked Zone on the map, or another suitable place for a convenience fee. Simply download the EVie app from the app store to find your closest EVie Bikes.

Water and Outdoor activities

For more adventurous couples looking to make the most of the sea surrounding the Islands of Guernsey, there are plenty of water activities for you to do together. From kayaking and paddle boarding, to sailing and coasteering, there is a lot to choose from.

Rib Trips

Enjoy the adrenaline rush as you blast across the sea just inches above the water on an exciting boat trip with Island Rib Voyages. Visit rocks, bays, caves and islands and see the local wildlife along the way, including seabirds, seals, puffins and even the occasional dolphin, all whilst learning about what you are seeing from experienced guides. They have a range of tours for you to choose from, depending on what you want to see and experience.

Jet Ski Tours

JP’s Jetski Seafaris offers guided tours of the Island's beautiful coastline. No previous Jet Ski experience is necessary, as RYA qualified instructors provide full tuition on how to safely drive one of these exhilarating machines and will guide you on a tour of Guernsey's waters and coastline.

Surfing

Whether you are a couple who are experienced surfers or are completely new to the sport, Guernsey Surf School, located at Vazon Bay, has expert coaches who can cater to all abilities in private and group lessons. They can also provide surfboards and wetsuits.

Paddle boarding

Based at Pembroke Bay, lessons with The Guernsey Stand Up Paddle Board School will ensure that, together, you gain a full understanding of the sport, equipment and safety, whilst having fun in the waters of one of Guernsey's most beautiful beaches.

Salt Water Swimming

Guernsey is well known for its sea and beaches, with beautifully clear water. You can go sea swimming together at one of the many beaches, or go to La Vallette Bathing Pools, a safe and contained set of pools for salt water swimming. In the evening, there is something especially romantic about swimming under the stars.

Other Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Guernsey and Go Guernsey Land and Sea offer many activities for all levels, such as coasteering, abseiling and kayak tours with guides, amongst many other activities. You could also take a sunset paddle boarding tour, or rent kayaks at Cobo Bay and explore together without a guide. You can also rent kayaks and paddle boards from Outdoor Guernsey at Shell Beach on Herm.

Island Hopping

If you’re based in Guernsey, it is easy to explore the other Islands in the Bailiwick. Take a romantic day out and get the boat over to Herm, Sark or Alderney and explore all that these other Islands have to offer. From the beaches and shops to the restaurants and cafes, there is so much to discover together on these Islands. If a boat trip isn’t for you, you can follow the cobbled causeway and walk over to Lihou Island at certain tides and explore this small island.

Find A Great Picnic Spot

There’s nothing better than a romantic picnic in glorious surroundings. There are so many places on The Islands of Guernsey to spend a romantic and peaceful afternoon in each others company. From beaches and bays, to Parks and Gardens, there is a huge variety of options. Click here to find out more about the picnic spots on offer.

Enjoy a West Coast Sunset

A west coast sunset on The Islands of Guernsey is not to be missed. Whether you're sitting on the wall at Cobo Bay on Guernsey enjoying fish and chips, or gazing out from the The White House Hotel on Herm or from the Braye Beach Hotel terrace in Alderney, the sight is spectacular.

Stargazing

Guernsey and the neighbouring Islands have some of the clearest skies available, unaffected by pollution; Sark itself is globally recognised as an incredible stargazing spot. This makes the Islands of Guernsey perfect for stargazing. Sit outside and enjoy a romantic evening under the stars together.