INTRODUCING ST MARTINS
Set high up on Guernsey’s craggy coast, St Martins boasts sweeping views. Make your way across the rocks to Jerbourg Point and fish for mackerel and bream. Or scramble down to discover tranquil bays and unspoilt beaches. You could escape inside centuries-old manor houses, charming churches and cosy pubs. Or simply relax in your boutique hotel and settle in to island life.
Blissful beaches and clifftop trails in this Channel Island enclave.
Things to do
From rugged coastline to gentle coves, St. Martins is a beach-lover’s dream. Spend time on Moulin Huet bay – an idyllic spot beloved by artists and poets. It was here Victor Hugo picnicked and Renoir painted. Climb the steps down to Petit Port and you’ll be rewarded with a secluded stretch of sand. Or explore the fisherman’s caves around Icart Point before stopping to admire the far-reaching views across the sea.
Walk in the footsteps of princes and politicians and pay a visit to Sausmarez Manor. This grand 12th-century estate is set in fine gardens and boasts an outdoor sculpture park. Step inside the copper, tin and silversmith workshop to learn about these time-honoured crafts. Book a private tour of the house itself. Or join a ghost walk for something altogether spookier.
Find time to visit the island capital, nearby St Peter Port, and you’ll discover old cobbled streets that lead to a picturesque harbour. Take in a play at the atmospheric Castle Cornet. Pay homage to Victor Hugo at Hauteville House. Or pop into the independent boutiques for a spot of shopping. Then seek out a waterside café and while away an afternoon watching boats bob in the harbour
As you pass through the entrance to St. Martin’s Church, look out for ‘Gran-mère du Chimquiere’. This 4000-year-old statue is wrapped up in folklore, but her origins remain a mystery.
Top Tip from SLH