The English Channel is a popular attraction for tourists visiting both the United Kingdom and France. What many tourists don’t realize is that they can stay on a number of the islands that are located in the channel. Guernsey, off the coast of Normandy, is one of those islands. Even though Guernsey is small in stature, it offers tourists plenty of things to do. It is known as being home to Britain’s cleanest beaches, the world’s smallest chapel, and it has coastal cliffs, amazing walking excursions and some of the freshest seafood around.
Whether you are staying on Guernsey for a few days or spending your entire vacation there, making travel insurance part of your trip planning ensures you can kick back and relax during your stay.
Travel tips for vacations in Guernsey
The immigration rules are similar to those in the United Kingdom, as the island is treated as if it were part of the country. You need a valid Canadian passport to enter. While tourist visas are not required for stays of up to six months, you may be asked to show proof of a return ticket or sufficient funds for your stay. Business and student visas are required to visit the island.
The weather in Guernsey is typical of that in the UK. The best time of the year to visit is from May until the end of September, when temperatures reach highs of about 20°C.
The widely accepted currency on the island is the Guernsey pound (GGP), and it’s equivalent to the British pound, which is also accepted. Credit cards are widely accepted. English is the official language, but Guernésiais, Sercquiais and Auregnais are also spoken on the island.
Best places to visit
Guernsey offers tourists a variety of sights and attractions to check out during their stay. One of the biggest is the Guernsey International Food Festival. However, most travellers come for the beaches. Although Vazon Bay and Grandes Rocques Bay are the most popular, the island boasts 27 beaches to explore. During your stay, you will have the opportunity to take tours of the neighbouring islands, such as Herm, Sark, Alderney, Jersey and Dinard. Many travellers also book excursions to France.
Perhaps the most popular destination on the island is its capital city, St. Peter Port. Featuring rich history, cobblestone streets, museums and quaint shops, it’s one of the most beautiful harbour towns in all of Europe.
Travel insurance for Guernsey and the Channel Islands
Travel insurance is important whenever you plan an island vacation. From unforeseen circumstances, travel issues and unexpected weather conditions, you never know when you may need travel assistance. One in four Canadians choose Blue Cross because they feel confident travelling, knowing they are covered. Get your free quote for travel insurance today!
|Population :||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Capital:||Saint Peter Port|
|Official language(s):||English, French|
|Diesel :||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline :||1.23 (2013)|