Welcome to Sark
Steep-sided Sark, measuring 3 miles by 1.5 miles, has a magical, time-warp feel to it. There are no cars here, and the unpaved, tree-lined lanes are traversed on foot, by bicycle or by horse-drawn carriage. Until its first general election in 2008, when Sark became Europe's newest democracy, the island had been Europe's last feudal state, ruled by a succession of hereditary Seigneurs since 1563. Though Sark is surprisingly populous – it's home to around 420 people – it's surprisingly easy to find a pristine beach, a wind-blown headland or a pine grove all to yourself. There are no street lights on Sark and on clear nights, the skies beckon stargazers with endless starlight.