Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, at 9 x 5 miles and with a population of just over 100,000 people, it is situated just off the coast of France. It is an island of complete opposites, where cosmopolitan city life goes hand in hand with beach days and coastal walks. Jersey is a self-governing parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy, with its own financial, legal and judicial systems, divided into 12 parishes, each with their own connection to the sea.
Our quaint little island is an idyllic escape and certainly packs a punch with bars, gourmet restaurants and stunning beaches. for anyone who might be visiting the island and wants a few tips, here are a few things to get you started.
Where to Stay
Jersey has a huge range of accommodation available, from camping to glamping and B&B’s to five star luxury. There is something to suit all budgets and tastes. To find the best place to suit you, take a look at the Visit Jersey website, which lists all the varying accommodation available on the island.
Historical Interest Sites
History: Jersey is has an abundance of heritage sites that are well worth a visit, along with many historical sites that tell the story of the island history and the German occupation up until the liberation of the island. My personal recommendations are Mont Orgueil Castle in Gorey, Jersey War Tunnels and Jersey Museum and Art Gallery. You can find even more places of interest on the Jersey Heritage Website.
Festivals & Events
The festival scene in Jersey is ever changing and incorporates a range of festivities to suit all the family. We have the Reasons Electronic Music & Arts Festival, The Jersey International Air Display, The historical Battle of Flowers Parade which started back in 1902, and a whole load more summer events in Jersey and even winter outdoor markets. You’ll never be bored! You can keep up to date with all the latest attractions and events on the Visit Jersey website.
Depending on your preference, you can either fly or sail to Jersey. The journey by plane is rarely more than an hour from the UK hubs and I would personally recommend using British Airways wherever possible, but another great Channel Island airline you can use, is Blue Islands. There are also other operators that fly to the island, simply check online to find out where you can fly from.
By sea, you can travel with Condor Ferries on their new luxurious ship, the Condor Liberation (which I was privileged enough to travel on for the first ever inter-island sailing and I also took part in the naming ceremony!)
Where to start? There are plenty of things for you and the littles to enjoy. Get lost in the Amaizin! Maize, go wild at Durrell Wildlife Park or make a splash at the Aqua Dome. And that’s just a little taster of what’s on offer!
Yes, we’ve reached the very important part. I will start by saying, you can’t go wrong. Wherever you decided to worship the sun, all of Jersey’s beaches are beautiful in their own way. My personal favourites are St Brelades (tourist heaven), Greve de Lecq (great for coasteering) St Ouens (the surfers paradise) and Plemont Bay (perfect for a cove adventure).
Whichever beach you decided to visit, be sure to make the most of the activities available to you. You can find out more about beach and water sport activities at Jersey Adventures, or you can even take a little trip over to France for dinner with Jersey Seafaris!
If you would like any further information or advice on what do in Jersey or any of the numerous other attractions I haven’t managed to fit in, please feel free to Contact Me and I will endeavour to help where I can!