A taste of the "continent" with the familiarity of home – that's a Jersey holiday. Just 100 miles south of mainland Britain and only 14 miles from the coast of France, the most southerly of the Channel Islands has one of the best sunshine records in the British Isles. A compact island of only 45 square miles, Jersey has over 350 miles of roads and country lanes with over 20 beaches and coves to explore and spectacular scenery which takes you from sweeping bays in the south to dramatic cliffs in the north.
Jersey is an island of amazing diversity; indeed there are few other places in the British Isles where you will find so much variety in just 45 square miles. Full of natural beauty the breathtaking coastline ranges from rugged cliffs in the north to the Atlantic rollers of the windy west and long swathes of golden sand in the south. Don't neglect inland though - flowerfilled meadows, undulating farmland and leafy hidden valleys all linked by tranquil country lanes. The capital is St Helier and, whilst small, it is a cosmopolitan harbour town and the main focus for the island's shopping, eating, entertainment and nightlife.
Jersey is also jam-packed with award-winning attractions and places to visit. Discover Jersey's past in a gripping, entertaining way at magnificent castles, emotive war tunnels and hands-on museums that really bring history to life. If that's not enough, there are also fascinating wildlife and adventure parks, quaint fishing villages, beautiful private gardens, luxury spas and a tantalising array of outdoor pursuits for all ages and abilities.
Getting around is easy. For maximum flexibility, you should hire a car, so that you can seek out the hidden beaches, explore the glorious coastline and find some off the beaten track places. Even without a car, an extensive bus network operates around the island allowing you to explore the main places of interest. However, two feet or two wheels are the best way to explore Jersey. It's an exceedingly friendly walking and cycling island with a maze of cycle paths, walks and 45 miles of 'Green Lanes', which meander through the various parishes.
Geographically closer to France than England, a Jersey holiday is a unique blend of continental flair and reassuringly familiar scenes. It's British pounds and French place names, cream teas and croissants, Breton-style seafood and traditional fish and chips. When it comes to food, Jersey's reputation as a foodie island is growing and embraces everything from Michelin starred restaurants and chic bistros to gastropubs and coastal cafes.
- Great beaches
- Locally produced food and drink
- Lots to see and do
- Walking and cycling trails
- Sports and activities
- Fascinating heritage
- Breathtaking scenery