In 1942, the occupying Germans built a huge concrete observation tower here and used nearby Lihou Island for target practice, destroying the original buildings. The fort is now privately owned.
About Fort Saumarez
The original Martello tower was constructed in 1804 on the site of an existing battery. During World War II, when the Island was occupied by the Germans the site was redeveloped and a four story concrete observation tower was build on top of the original granite structure.
This tower, along with other batteries that surrounded the Island were constructed to form part of Hitler's 'Atlantic Wall'. These were in place to prevent the allies from invading the northern coast of France.
For those who want to explore more of the Occupation story, Guernsey History Trails offers a great app guide which is available to buy. Covering the Occupation 1940-1945, the 2 self-guided tour trails - the St Peter Port Trail by foot and the Island Trail - will let you walk in the path of history while enjoying some of the most beautiful vantage points in Guernsey. Each walk takes approximately 2 hours if you walk it in its entirety or you could alternatively explore by bicycle or car.
Fermain Valley Hotel
The Fermain Valley Hotel offers guests a comfortable and luxurious holiday experience, with facilities including extensive private gardens, a private cinema and an award-winning fine dining restaurant.
The Hotel Jerbourg is a 3 star hotel featuring unparalleled sea views across to the neighbouring Channel Islands of Sark, Herm and Jersey. The hotel features a popular restaurant, large sun terrace and outdoor swimming pool.
Blue Horizon Hotel
The Blue Horizon is a family-run hotel on Guernsey's south coast, enjoying spectacular sea views and direct access to the coastal cliffpaths.
Saints Bay Hotel
The Saints Bay Hotel offers exceptional 3 star accommodation in a stunning position on Guernsey's south coast.
St. Pierre Park Hotel & Golf Resort
St. Pierre Park is one of Guernsey's premier resort hotels, set in rolling woodlands and gardens and featuring a golf course, a spa and a popular restaurant.
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