Guernsey is situated in the Gulf of St Malo, 30 miles from the coast of France and 80 miles from the south coast of England.
The islands formed part of Normandy from 933, forging a link between Britain and France that survives in Norman Law, surnames and Guernesaise, the local language.
The island was home to French poet Victor Hugo, whose house provides an intriguing monument to his 15-year exile. His creative spirit lives on in a non-stop programme of exhibitions and performances.
The 20th century also left its mark, when the islands became bulwarks in Europe’s WWII Atlantic Wall. The legacy is a labyrinth of fortifications, plus fascinating museums that vividly recreate everyday life in occupied Britain.