Fermain Bay is one of the most picturesque beaches on the island. As with a few places in Guernsey you can drive there but its easier to walk so a really interesting walk is to go from St. Peter Port town along the Esplanade past the bathing pools and up to Fort Grey, a garrison that dates around the 13th Century. You will also pass some old WW1 German bunkers along the way which have been turned into a military museum and an aquarium. You will be rewarded at the end with a secluded rocky bay with white sand and steep cliff faces.
Guernsey has always been caught up in the struggles between Great Britain and the continental powers, especially France and Germany. A whole series of these round "Martello" (I don't know what the name means) towers was built around the island to ward off Napoleanic invasions. The one in this photo is on the north headland of Vazon Bay at Fort Hommet. It was used during the occupation by the Germans and you can still see thier pillboxes and gun placements.
This statue, a menhir called the "Old Lady of the Cemetery," dates back to about 2500-3500 BC and is in remarkable condition. It stands at the entrance to St. Martin's Churchyard. I discovered it while visiting the Guernsey Museum where there is a replica and some information about it, so had to see it in "person" so to speak. In about 200-300 AD some alterations were made which accented the facial features, gave it a frame of curls and a short buttoned cape on the upper torso. There is a crack through the torso which is believed to have resulted from an overzealous church warden upset with the worship of stone idols.
Taxis can be expensive in Guernsey, there is a good bus service but we chose to walk everywhere. Cobo Bay is about an hours walk from the Dog House and like like many of the beaches around the island is has plenty of sand and rock pools to play in, it was nice to see so many scallop shells laying around, something i haven`t seen since my childhood. The wonderfully blue sea tempted Lydie to go for a paddle.
A boat trip across to Herm & Sark. Not the best boats to travel in but it was worth the experience to see the the islands. Shell beach is a nice place to chill out away from the crowds just to escape alone.
Whilst in St Peter Port head towards the Castle Cornet and if by chance you are there at the break of dawn you'll see the most wonderful sunrise....nice
The nice thing about Guernsey is the wonderful sunsets in the east of the island. The smell of the salt air, sand, rocks and the claumeur of sea birds brings peace and quiet to the soul...
St Peter Port, GY1 1BA, United Kingdom
Good for: Families
St. Ann's Place, St Peter Port, GY1 2NU, United Kingdom
Good for: Families
Cambridge Park, St Peter Port, GY1 1UY, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo