Guernsey is the perfect place for a short but sweet weekend break away or even a longer, relaxing holiday; it'll feel like you'll have travelled miles instead of just across the water. With the highest number of pubs per head of population out of all the islands, Alderney is well worth a visit for people who appreciate their drink while the small and picturesque island of Herm makes a perfect for a day trip from the mainland as does the car-free island of Sark. Saint Peter Port, Guernsey's capital, is perfect for people watching and soaking up the incredible atmosphere.
Direct flights to Guernsey are plentiful with Flybe, Aurigny, Blue Islands and British Airways all flying into the collection of islands so you're more than likely to snag a cheap flight to Guernsey if you shop around. With flights only taking about 45 minutes form Gatwick airport and around 30 minutes from many regional airports it's great to have a sneaky weekend away. Indirect flights are available but they can work out more expensive.
It's also possible to catch the ferry over to the islands – you can get one from the ports of Portsmouth, Poole and Weymouth. You can pick up a catamaran from Weymouth and Poole but be aware it has reduced service during the winter and can get delayed or cancelled during high seas. It may be best to take the ferry to be on the safe side and enjoy the leisurely crossing over to Guernsey. If you need to stick within a budget it's worth looking into both planes and ferries to see which one has the cheapest deals.
Although Guernsey can be more expensive than the UK this doesn't mean that you'll have to splash out on accommodation. There's plenty of cheap hotels in Guernsey but you'll just have to book well in advance to secure the best deals.
The best way - and one of the cheapest - to explore the main island and take in the beautiful countryside is by hopping on a bicycle – this way you get to decide where exactly you want to go and when! Guernsey also has a fairly extensive bus network servicing all the main attractions of the island – it's very cheap at around just £1 per journey. The timetables can be picked up from the Guernsey Information Office.
Source the local supermarkets for a delicious picnic and head towards the cliffs to take in the scenery for a lovely cheap day out. The Castle Cornet often offers free live medieval music on Fridays during the summer months – making it the perfect spot for a picnic and a glass of wine!
Updated 23rd July 2014
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