Discover the unspoilt landscapes, inviting beaches and wealth of incredible sights and attractions of the British Isles' most southerly island.
Jersey may be a British Crown Dependency, but it is actually geographically closer to France, sitting a mere 14 miles from the French coast. Covering a total of just 45 miles, the island is easy to explore, and being just a 40-minute plane ride from the UK makes it happily accessible. Its capital, St. Helier, is a lively town with a great array of attractions and dining options, as well as a bustling marina. The island's beaches, meanwhile, are breathtaking and wonderfully diverse. The cliff-backed North coast is beautifully wild and unspoilt, the South is laden with soft sand and plenty of amenities, the East is home to quaint harbours and views of France while the rugged landscapes and powerful waves of the West coast make it a favourite for local surfers.
Jersey is also home to an extraordinary breadth of history, with relics from the past on view across the island. Having been occupied by German forces from 1940 to 1945, poignant reminders of this turbulent period still exist, with the most well known being the Jersey War Tunnels. Built by the Germans using PoWs, the series of complex underground tunnels and accompanying exhibition provide a fascinating, if often sombre, look at what life was like on the island during the Second World War. Of course, the island's past dates back much further than that, and there are plenty of other captivating sites to explore on Jersey tours. From the 16th-century Elizabeth Castle, sitting on its own imposing islet, to the Le Moulin de Quétivel, the island's last surviving watermill which dates back to the 13th century, the island's past begs to be explored.
There are fantastic opportunities to take advantage of the island's exceptional natural sights, too. The National Trust's Wetland Centre makes for a serene afternoon spotting the diverse local birdlife, and there are some great walks to be enjoyed, be it through woodland or along the coast or reservoirs. Those with a penchant for golf will be happy to know that the island is home to a number of superb golf courses, while animal lovers are sure to enjoy a wander through the famous Jersey Zoo. Whether you're venturing out in search of secret bays or 12-century castles, Jersey holidays are a delight.
Home to some of the best produce in the world, Jersey is bursting with flavour.
Be it waterfront dining, friendly cafes or even Michelin-starred restaurants, it's not hard to find a great meal on the island. The farm stalls and local delis here are brimming with incredible fresh ingredients, some of which are famous for their unique flavour and incredible quality. Jersey Royals are a good example; these potatoes are renowned for their delicious taste, having been grown on the island for more than 140 years. Jersey cows, meanwhile, are known for their rich milk which makes for deliciously creamy cheese and ice-cream. Those fond of seafood will find plenty to delight on Jersey tours. The island's restaurants serve up locally caught lobster, crab, and shellfish, and oysters and mussels are also plentiful.
Jersey has a number of traditional dishes, some of which date back hundreds of years, which curious visitors may like to sample. These include bean crock, a mixture of beans and pork cooked in a crock pot, and cabbage loaf, a bread baked wrapped in cabbage leaves. A popular preserve, black butter is made from cooked apples, along with cider, liquorice, and treacle. Those with a sweet tooth shouldn't pass up the opportunity to try a Jersey wonder; a doughnut-like fried pastry.
With great beaches, plenty of wonderful walks, fascinating local history and delicious food, we believe the answer is a resounding yes!
For the most part, Jersey is on par with Western European cities when it comes to prices. Shopping is cheaper here, however, as purchases are not subject to VAT.
British passport holders are not required to carry a passport to enter Jersey. However, most airlines and ferry operators are likely to require it as photo ID, so it's best to bring it with you.
Jersey has a generally mild climate, so can be enjoyed year-round, although winters can be damp. Visiting in the spring or autumn means fewer tourists, while the summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the island's beaches.
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