The picturesque Channel Island of Guernsey is accessible only by plane or by ferries which regularly travel back and forth from the large port town of Poole in southern England. Poole is home to Europe’s largest harbour while Guernsey’s five islands lie off the coast of northern France.
Condor Ferries provides up to 12 ferry crossings each week between April and October. Motorists must arrive at least an hour before the ferry departure time provided on their confirmation slips, while pedestrians are required to arrive at least 40 minutes before their confirmed departure times. Those who arrive late cannot be guaranteed their scheduled ferry boarding times.
The Condor Express and Condor Vitesse, which regularly make the 2 hour, 40 minute crossing can both accommodate up to 185 vehicles and 750 passengers. Other available services on board both ferries include lounges which are roomy and air conditioned, reclining seats, a duty free shop, a cafeteria, a bar on the upper deck, and a television room for children.
Ferry passengers disembark at Guernsey’s picturesque capital, St Peter Port, a friendly town filled with restaurants and duty free shops. Other popular Guernsey attractions include six scenic cycling routes, 25 beautifully unspoiled beaches, and the Guernsey Aquarium at La Vallette Tunnel. The Little Chapel, said to be the world’s smallest and uniquely decorated with pebbles, seashells, and colourful china pieces, is also worth a visit.
Ferry passengers disembarking at Poole, site of the world’s second largest harbour, are greeted by one of Britain’s finest beaches at Sandbanks, and nearby Brownsea Island, a National Trust site most famous for its large and friendly red squirrel population.