Destination Deep-Dive 4 MINS READ

Weekend in the Last Feudal State of Europe

Weekend in the Last Feudal State of Europe

Destination Deep-Dive 4 MINS READ
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Think feudal states are term straight out of history books? Then think once again. The last feudal state of Europe was brought to end only a little more than a decade ago. Read further to see what Sark Island in Guernsey, Channel Islands can offer and book your next stay in London, Sark and St Malo right away! 

The Sark Island, located between France and the United Kingdom, however, still makes the top destination for those willing to enjoy air free from vehicle fumes,  jump off the cliff and enjoy the best stargazing spot in the whole world. We got you? Read further and follow our 3-day itinerary, or plan your own!

How to Get to Sark

From London via train and ferry: go from London to Poole or Portsmouth via train and them take a Condor Ferry operated to Guernsey, afterward taking a Sark Shipping Company ferry from to Guernsey to Sark

From London via plane: Aurigny Air Services from London City Airport, London Gatwick, Stanstead, Blue Islands from London City and London Waterloo

From other cities in the United Kingdom via plane: Aurigny Air Services, Flybe and Blue Islands airplane companies operate from Bristol, East Midlands, Leeds, Edinburgh, Southampton.

From Continental Europe via ferry: there are ferries from France, St Malo in Normandy and Cherbourg

From Continental  Europe via plane: from France, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain and Italy there are flights operated by FlybeAurigny Air Services, and Blue Islands.

From America, Russia or other countries outside Europe it is best advised to take a flight to London Gatwick and then go further either via train and ferry or a  plane.

3 Day London, Sark, and St Malo Itentiary

We were starting our trip by visiting London. Although famous for Birmingham palace and Royal gardens, we enjoyed the Tate Modern museum and a bag of fish and chips while catching the sun in Hyde Park on Friday afternoon. Taking the early morning train on Saturday to Portsmouth, we arrived at the coast around 9 am.

As we got out of the train, the sun was already high. It took approximately 20 minutes to get to the Condor ferry. As we had not booked ur tickets earlier, the price here was higher, so make sure you book your tickets beforehand.

Ferries from Portsmouth to Guernsey go every day, but to catch the boat to Sark the same day, you may want to take the morning one as we did.

It took around 40 minutes to get to Guernsey. Here we had some hours to walk around the touristic area, get some ice cream and eat lunch. I strongly advise you to get some groceries here if you travel on a budget, as the only grocery store in Sark is much more expensive and has a limited assortment.

To get to Sark, we got onto a small boat and enjoyed the trip. Arriving in the late afternoon, we checked in the hotel and had a stroll around.  

The most famous and arguably the most beautiful and wild part of Sark is the Coupee which connects the main island to the Small Sark. As we stayed in the chocolaterieCaragh’s Cholocates”, we had a sunset walk around, the place,  passing the Pilcher Monument above Havre Gosselin and then heading to Small Sark for a dinner at La Sablonnerie. A little bit of splurge, it was an amazing time here. The place is out of the history book, with French cutlery and paintings hanging on the wall.

Sunday our list was topped with breakfast at our hotel, followed by morning walk at the and lunch at Hathaway’s.  Kids wanted to jump off the cliff at Venus Pool, and as the water was high, it was enjoyable and (more important than enjoyable) also safe.  Another experience topping our to-do list was tea and scones at Sue’s Tea garden. Overwhelmed by walking (you can walk the whole island from North to South in just 40 minutes!) we got to the Stocks Hotel to enjoy our last dinner in Sark before leaving. There are both fine dining and bistro options, both offering great service and huge portions. No matter which you choose, make sure you split your meals – you will save money and still be full!

The next day before we took the ferry to Guernsey, we shopped around a bit and turned into Sark’s Pottery and crafts shop. Although overpriced, the shop offers handmade pots, silver jewelry, and other design items. But make sure you do not waste all your Guernsey pounds here (Guernsey has its own pound!) and save some for a shopping spree in Guernsey.

From Guernsey taking a boat to Dinard, France, we got to the mainland in the late Sunday night. Having only a weekend for our short family adventure, we could not visit and stay in St Malo and Grenoble, but will definitely return for our France weekend getaway soon.

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