Located some 100 miles (160 kms) south of mainland Britain, Jersey is the most southerly island of the British Isles. In fact, it’s much closer to France, lying just 14 miles (22 kms) from its coast and benefits from a lovely, mild climate. The island is easy to get to, with regular scheduled flights from London and regional airports across the UK, a fast ferry service from the south of England, plus sea and air travel to and from other Channel Islands and France.You might think that an area of 45 square miles (116 square kms), with a permanent population of over 98,000, would have little but buildings to explore. But approach the island by air and you’ll see lush valleys, well-kept fields and an unspoilt coastline, with majestic cliffs, exposed bays and sandy beaches.
Arrive by sea and the rocky grandeur of La Corbière, the sweep of St Aubin’s Bay and picturesque Elizabeth Castle merely hint at Jersey’s wealth of history and sheer beauty.
A Rich Heritage
Jersey possesses a fascinating and complex history stretching back over a thousand years. Its very landscape – Norman-style farmhouses, narrow winding lanes, small fields and French street names reflects its entwinement with the fates of two great nations: Britain and France. You’ll find an array of heritage sites that tell the story of the island’s eventful history, from Mont Orgueil and Elizabeth Castles, to the Jersey War Tunnels for a glimpse of life during the German Occupation, to the Maritime and Jersey Museums and the Neolithic burial chamber of La Hougue Bie.
Two of the best ways to explore the island is on foot or by pedal power. You’ll discover spectacular cliff top paths, gentle beach walks and Jersey’s famous ‘Green Lanes’, a 45-mile network of quiet country roads, with a maximum speed limit of 15 mph (24 km/h) to preserve their tranquillity. Plus an island-wide cycle network that makes exploring Jersey pure pleasure.
For those in search of an adrenalin rush, there are beach-based activities such as blokarting or watersports including sailing, surfing, sea kayaking, wakeboarding and coasteering.
Heaven for Foodies
Jersey is renowned for it’s local produce and is especially famous for its Jersey Royals, dairy products, seafood and vegetables. Described by many as a chef’s paradise, you can’t help but be impressed by the vast array of dishes created in the island’s restaurants.Fine dining and Michelin-starred restaurants are just for starters, but what really impresses is the quality of food, from cheerful beach cafés to trendy gastropubs, chic city bistros to cosy country inns, star-rated hotels to simple restaurants.
Relax and Recharge
With a discerning local population that demands plenty of choice, Jersey has a busy island scene that never takes time out. You’ll be surprised by what this little island serves up when it comes to retail therapy, with a mix of big-name stores, characterful markets and independent boutiques, both in and out of the capital, St Helier. It’s the same when it comes to spas, with swish spas in top hotels, stylish health clubs and wellbeing retreats across the island. Combine this with a bustling café culture and Jersey provides the perfect opportunity to relax and recharge.
With a vibrant and varied events calendar that spans all four seasons, there’s plenty going on year-round. From Spring and Autumn Walking Weeks to Liberation Day celebrations, the spectacular Battle of Flowers Carnival to the International Air Display and La Fête dé Noué Christmas Festival, barely a month goes by without a fête or festival taking place that sets the island buzzing.