Nestled between France and the United Kingdom, the tiny island of Guernsey has more stunning coastal views and fairytale forts than one person could ever dream of. As each day comes to an end on this small paradise, the skies begin to turn a beautiful golden hue and the population begins its daily migration to the coast for yet another stunning sunset.
As with every small island, the sunsets in Guernsey are breathtaking. The crashing waves and blue skies provide the perfect framing as the sky turns from orange to red before the sun finally disappears below the horizon and gives a final burst of pink to the clouds above.
During the Spring and Summer months on Guernsey, it seems that every single day holds another beautiful sunset, each one more breathtaking than the last. With so many unique and picturesque spots to view the sunset from, you can choose a different spot every night for a month and still not see them all.
Living on the small island of Guernsey has given us the perfect opportunity to view many of these sunset spots, and so we have put together a list of the best sunset spots in Guernsey for you. Join us as we tour the most picturesque spots in Guernsey and fall in love at sunset.
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Guernsey Sunset Locations – Best Places to Watch the Sunset
The Best Beaches for Sunset
A sunset stroll along the beach, with crashing waves and soft sand beneath your feet. What could be better than that?! Guernsey has over 25 different beaches to explore, each of which is a unique and beautiful place to watch the sunset.
Located on the northwest coast of Guernsey, Cobo Bay is one of the most popular beaches to watch the sunset on the island. Each and every night, locals and tourists alike all flock to the coast of Cobo to marvel at its natural beauty. The beach is quite long with rocky outcrops reaching up through the sand at either end.
We recommend packing a towel and a warm layer to wear after the sun goes down, as even in summer the sea breeze can be quite cold.
In our opinion, there is not much better than grabbing a bag of chips from the local chippy and sitting down on Cobo beach and watching the sunset over the ocean. However, if you want a more classy dinner, there are a wide range of bars and restaurants in the Cobo Bay area that are perfect for a drink and a meal either before or after the sunset.
A truly fascinating area of the island of Guernsey, Lihou Island is a small island on the northwest corner of Guernsey that is only accessible at low tide. At high tide, it is easy to think that access to the island is entirely impossible by foot, however, the remarkable height of the tide in the Channel Islands means that it is indeed possible.
For around 3hours at low tide, the 500m cobbled causeway is accessible to all members of public and allows you to walk across to this normally inaccessible island. Sitting upon this small outcrop of land lies the remains of an old priory that dates back to the 12th century. There is also a large rock pool known as the Venus Pools that are perfect for cooling off on a hot summer’s day.
Aside from visiting the island itself, the viewpoint of the island at L’Eree Headland is one of our favourite sunset spots on Guernsey. The sun sets directly behind the island and bathes the entire area in a beautiful, golden light.
This long and stony beach is one of Guerney’s quieter sunset spots, so is perfect if you would prefer a relaxing evening away from the crowds. The best time to visit it is at low tide, as the sea retreats from the shore by about 20-30m, providing much more room to walk and play on the beach.
Once again, there are a couple of choices of restaurants for a pre or post-sunset dinner, one of which being the Taste of India, which we highly recommend.
Hommet du Gouvre (Ladies Bay and Chouet Bay)
Located on the northeast corner of the island, in the region known as the Vale, is a collection of beautiful beaches that are very popular with the locals for swimming, paddle boarding and pier jumping. As the sun begins to set, the crowds flock home and leave behind a stunning view for admiring the golden hour of Guernsey.
The outcrop of land between Ladies Bay and Chouet Bay gives a breathtaking view along both beaches and out to the sea in front. With a choice of these two beaches to wander along and soak up the last sunny rays of the day, you are guaranteed room to yourself to enjoy the sunset.
Visiting before 6pm will mean you can get a hot or cold drink from the Vale kiosk before wandering along the winding path of the coast to these beaches. On a warmer day, we highly recommend getting some of Guernsey’s own ice cream and enjoying it on the beach as the sunsets.
The Best Cliff Walks for Sunset
Aside from sandy beaches, Guernsey also has stunning cliff views along the southwestern coast of the island. These cliffs tower high above the crashing waves below and are completely different from the sandy beaches along the rest of Guernsey’s coast.
Watching the sunset over the cliffs at Pleinmoint Point is a spectacular experience. The rugged coastline around the west side of the island is one that makes any visitor stop in awe at how beautiful the little island of Guernsey really is.
As for the exact location of the Pleinmont sunset spot, you are spoiled for choice of stunning cliff views. There is a cliff walk path that leads all the way along the coast, which if you follow for long enough will take you to St Peter Port. Ay spot along this cliff edge is a beautiful experience, and with Pleinment being a less popular sunset spot in Guernsey, you will most likely have it to yourself.
The Best Castles for Sunset
The history of the small island of Guernsey is truly fascinating and a quite unheard of side to the island. There are megalithic structures on this small outcrop of land that date back to 3000BC. In more recent history, the castles and fortifications that you will find along the coastlines of Guernsey were either built during the American Civil War to defend the British colony from the French or during WWII by the Nazis.
Grand Rocques Fort
Overlooking the bays of Cobo and Saline, the Grand Rocques Fort is a spectacular sunset spot for admiring the beautiful coastline of Guernsey. Looking out to the west, you can trace the coastline with your finger all the way around to Fort Hommet, which stands on the outcrop of land separating Vazon and Cobo.
Out to sea, the sun begins its daily descent towards the horizon, giving the sky a vibrant spectrum of hues before finally disappearing below the waves. The Grande Rocques Fort is one of Guernsey’s most popular sunset spot, with dozens of families and friends all flocking here for the daily show.
Despite this mass gathering of people, we managed to find solitude by climbing and hiding amongst the jagged rocky outcrops that give the Grand Rocque Fort its name. The best thing about Guernsey is that no matter how “busy” an area may be, there is still enough space to have room for yourself.
The eastern coast of Guernsey may not seem like an obvious choice for sunset chasing, however, on this part of Guernsey, there is a sunset gem hidden in plain sight. Off the coast of St Peter Port is the historical building of Castle Cornet, which has guarded the harbour for 800 years.
As the sunsets over Guernsey, Castle Cornet receives its last light of the day roughly half an hour before sunset, as the sun disappears over the hills of St Peter Port. Just before this happens, the Castle itself is bathed in a beautiful, orange glow, one of our favourite sunset sights in Guernsey.
You can either choose to view the castle from the harbour of St Peter Port or you can walk out to the lighthouse and look back towards the harbour to admire this beautiful sight. This is also a brilliant sunset location as once the sun has set you can walk into the town centre of St Peter Port for dinner and drinks.
Just off the coast of Rocquaine Bay is a small, rocky outcrop, upon which sits the historical remnants of Fort Grey. From Fort Grey, you can admire stunning views of Rocquaine Bay and L’Eree Beach, and looking out to sea you can see the distant Hanois Lightouse.
Built to defend the bay from invaders in 1804, the fort now houses the Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum. For over 2000 years, ships have wearily navigated the dangerous, rocky shores of the Channel Island, and it was here that some of whom met their final fate. Inside the Museum of West Coast Shipwrecks, you can view relics of some of the 100-odd known ships that have wrecked in this area over the last 300years.
Outside the Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum you can view one of the most picturesque sunsets on the island of Guernsey. Affectionately known as the “Cup and Saucer”, Fort Grey is a small, circular, white building, that truly lights up during the final hours of the day.
Standing on the mainland of Guernsey looking out towards the museum, you can admire the fort in the soft, golden light of sunset. The sea on either side perfectly frames the building, with the walkway leading out towards it adding a beautiful depth to the picture.
Overlooking the northeast end of the island, with spectacular views out towards Herm and Sark, Vale Castle is a beautiful spot for both sunrise and sunset in Guernsey. Open to the public throughout the year, there are no opening times to abide by for early mornings or late nights, making it perfect for photography.
The site of the castle itself is believed to date back as far as the Iron Age, however, the stone building that you see today dates back to the 15th century. The castle was also used by occupying forces during the Second World War and remnants of this can still be seen today.
Looking out to the west from the top of the castle, the sunset view from Vale Castle is a combination of the ancient history of the island and the modern-day character of Guernsey. As your gaze journeys beyond the aged, weather-worn stones of the fortification, your eyes will meet the skyline of St Sampsons, with towering chimneys of the local power plant.
Before You Leave for Guernsey
Before you leave on your trip to the beautiful island of Guernsey, there are a number of things you will need to organise to ensure a smooth and stress-free trip. These include what to pack, where to stay and what is the best travel insurance for Guernsey.
How to Get to Guernsey
Given that Guernsey is an island, you really have two choices of transport for getting there: plane or boat. Both of these transport methods are available from the UK, France and from the neighbouring Channel Islands.
Ferry to Guernsey
Condor is the best option for ferries to and from the Channel Islands from the mainland. Leaving from the mainland UK ports of Poole and Portsmouth, the French port of St Malo and the Channel Islands port of Jersey, there are two main ferries that will bring you to Guernsey.
The faster boat, known as the Liberation, takes 3 hours to get from Poole to Guernsey, while the slower boat, known as the Clipper, takes 7 hours from Portsmouth. From St Malo, it will take you just under 2 hours aboard the Rapide to reach Guernsey.
Fly to Guernsey
Flying to Guernsey can be done from multiple airports across the UK with the Channel Islands airline, Aurigny. This is the quickest and easiest way to get to the island if you are only coming for a short period of time.
What to Pack for Guernsey
What you need to pack for Guernsey will rely highly on when you make your trip to the Channel Islands. During the Spring and Autumn months, temperatures and weather patterns vary wildly between beautiful sunny skies and storming gales.
The temperatures generally vary from 10oC to 25oC during these months, with a mixture between cold, northerly winds and warmer southerlies. There is a small amount of rain, with maybe 1 in 7 days receiving rainfall, which makes it perfect for days out exploring the beautiful island.
During the Summer months in Guernsey, temperatures tend to range from 20oC to 30oC, with some days topping 35oC. Summer days in Guernsey are perfect for the beach, with many locals and travellers alike sending their day soaking up the sun and playing in the sea.
If you need more inspiration on what to pack for your trip, check out our full packing guides for all-weather conditions over here.
When it comes to toiletries, we recommend that you don’t forget to pack sunscreen. The sun in Guernsey can be strong, especially in the summer months.,
Given the beautiful sights and scenery that you will see in Guernsey, we highly recommend packing a good camera for your trip. If you want to read more about the cameras we use and why we love them, check out the link below.
What is the Best Travel Insurance for Guernsey
Regardless of what type of trip you are heading on, one thing that is essential for everybody is good travel insurance. Accidents can happen anywhere and at anytime and unexpected hospital bills will ruin a holiday. Remove the stress from your next adventure and get covered for the worst.
World Nomads Travel Insurance provides budget reliable travel insurance that will keep you covered for any level of adventure.
Where to Stay in Guernsey
When it comes to accommodation on Guernsey, you are simply spoiled for choice with a huge range of hotels, B&Bs and even campsites to choose from. No matter what your preferred level of luxury is, there is the perfect place for you.
Luxury – Spend your time on Guernsey in true luxury at the Old Government House Spa and Hotel in St Peter Port. This hotel has beautiful views over the harbour of Guernsey’s capital, as well as access to a luxurious spa, an outdoor terrace and a heated, outdoor pool.
Mid-range – If you would like a taste of luxury at an affordable price, then the Auberge du Val Hotel is perfect for you. This 19th-century farmhouse sits on the west coast of the island and offers cosy, ensuite rooms, complete with tea, coffee and tv. The hotel is just a short walk from the beautiful nature reserves in St Saviour, perfect for a romantic trip away for the weekend.
Budget – Situated just 2-miles from Guernsey airport in the heart of St Martins, the Carlton Inn is the best value hotel in Guernsey. With free parking and wifi, as well as access to the Wicked Wolf pub that sits in the same building.
Camping – If you are up for a more adventurous stay on Guernsey, Fauxquets Valley Campsite offer a range of glamping safari tents, glamping pods and sites for your own tent if you bring one. Visit their website for a full price list of tents and campsites.
So there you have it, all of the best sunset spots in Guernsey! This island is a truly magical place at all times of the year, from Spring to Winter, with each season showing a different kind of beauty. As Spring turns into Summer in Guernsey you are almost guaranteed a stunning sunset every single night, which is good since you have so many spots to choose from.
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