Guernsey (pop. 55,500) is only about half the size of Jersey but even more densely populated. The cliffs on the south coast rise to 270ft/82.5m, from where the land falls gradually away towards the north. The island's numerous restaurants, with a reputation for delectable cuisine from across Europe, have earned Guernsey the nickname "Gourmet Island".
St Peter Port, England
The narrow streets and alleyways of Guernsey's capital St Peter Port (pop. 16,000) climb steeply from the harbor to the highest point of the town, commanding a splendid view. Many of the houses are Regency in style, giving St Peter Port a pleasant old world air.The town is a premier port of the Channel Islands. St Peter Port is noted for its shopping district, historic sites and leisure facilities. Popular activities include cycling, surfing, diving, fishing, bird watching and sailing.
On a small island connected by the Castle Pier stands Castle Cornet, founded in 1150 but in its present form largely Elizabethan. Today it houses several museums, the Royal Guernsey Militia Museum, the Guernsey Maritime History Museum, a Royal Air Force Museum and the Art Gallery and Armory.
The pulpit of the Town Church is 12th century, the chapel 15th century.
From 1859 to 1870 Hauteville House was the home of the French writer Victor Hugo (1802-85), at the time a political refugee from France; it contains mementos of the poet and furniture of the period.
On the east coast of Guernsey are a number of Martello towers as well as the ruined Vale Castle, the early Norman Vale Church, and a large passage grave.
South Coast Caves
The south coast is interesting and attractive, with cliffs and caves. The largest of the caves is Creux Mahie, 200ft/61m long.
Corbière Point is of interest to geologists, with green veins in the pink and gray granite.
On the west coast of Guernsey lies the very beautiful Rocquaine Bay.
The island of Lihou, linked to the mainland by a causeway, has remains of a 12th C. priory.