Bailiwick of Guernsey
12 Aug 2014 | From Sarah of Guernsey
St. Peter Port, St. Peter Port Harbour, St. Saviour's Church, Fort Grey, Breakwater and Harbour Light
Guernsey, officially the Bailiwick of Guernsey, is a possession of the Crown in right of Guernsey in the English Channel, off the coast of Normandy. The islands of Guernsey and the other Channel Islands represent the last remnants of the medieval Dukedom of Normandy, which held sway in both France and England. Saint Peter Port is the capital of Guernsey as well as the main port. With its cobbled streets and Regency architecture, it is considered as one of the prettiest harbour towns in Europe.
Guernsey is well known for its natural beauty, and the island has an abundance of dedicated nature trails and reserves. It is a unique place in sense that it is not part of the UK but feels British, and because of its close proximity to France, it has this French touch.
The island's coast is its greatest draw. There are about 27 bays – some with long and popular stretches of sand, others hidden coves which rarely attract tourists. The beautiful south coast is lined with stunning cliffs for sightseeing.