Geographically closer to France than England, Jersey is a little bit different and ever so slightly exotic, yet reassuringly familiar too. It’s British pounds and French place names, cream teas and croissants, Breton-style seafood and good ol’ fish and chips.
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. Inland is equally scenic, with flower- filled meadows, undulating farmland and leafy hidden valleys all linked by tranquil country lanes.
The capital is St Helier and, whilst small, it is a buzzing cosmopolitan harbour town and the main hub for the island’s shopping, eating, entertainment and nightlife.
Jersey is also crammed with award-winning attractions and places to visit. Uncover the island’s past at magnificent castles, emotive war tunnels and hands-on museums that really bring history to life. If that’s not enough, there are fascinating wildlife and adventure parks, quaint fishing villages, beautiful private gardens, luxury spas and not forgetting a tantalising array of outdoor pursuits for all ages and abilities.
Getting around is easy. For maximum flexibility, we recommend hiring a car to seek out hidden beaches, explore the glorious coastline and find some off-the-beaten-track places. Alternatively, an extensive island-wide bus network gives easy access to all the main places of interest. Jersey is also 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.
Famous for food, Jersey’s reputation as a foodie island is growing and embraces everything from Michelin-starred restaurants, chic bistros and gastropubsto farm stalls, village delis and beach cafes. Just be sure to bring a healthy appeti