Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands it has a diverse landscape, with rugged cliffs, rocky bays, charming harbours, unspoiled beaches and caves. If you are looking for a holiday break that can offer culture, good beach areas, watersports, walking/hiking along with plenty of history and beauty, Jersey may well suit you.
St. Helier the islands capital situated on St. Aubin’s Bay is a popular destination for short or longer holidays with things to see and do for all age groups. The beaches are great for beach games and watersports if you are feeling energetic or you can simply relax and do some sunbathing. Jersey has some large tidal flows, there are safety flags at the popular beach areas and some are patrolled by lifeguards, ask if you are uncertain, if the particular beach you are on is patrolled or not.
You can spend some time strolling through the shopping streets where you will find high street department stores, designer shops and good quality jewellery shops. You can browse around the markets and soak up the atmosphere of this lively town.
The Jersey Opera House offers various entertainments through the season including musicals, dance and comedy. You will need to check with their Box Office direct to find out ‘what’s on’ at the time of your visit.
Other activities you may enjoy are the coastal cruises which take around 2½ hrs. St. Helier has various visitor attractions that may be of interest, The Maritime Museum & the Occupation Tapestry – this museum houses many items associated to life at sea and navigation, ‘the hands on’ displays give you the opportunity to learn about the islands past. The ‘Tapestry’ is also to be found here.
Elizabeth Castle was built in the 1590’s on an island just off the bay, it can be reached at low tide by causeway, or by ferry, it was once the home of Sir Walter Raleigh, (this visitor attraction is closed in the winter months). The Jersey Museum gives an insight into the way of life and development of the people of Jersey.
The Island Fortress Occupation Museum and Liberation Square will be of interest to some of you. It is worthwhile going to the Tourism/visitor centre for information on ‘what’s on’ as there are many other tourist attractions worth seeing in and around this area. You can also get details of outdoor pursuits, guided walks and cycling options.
Accommodation choices vary from hotels, guest houses, B&B’s and self catering; it is recommended you book in advance of your stay. There are a good selection of eateries with restaurants to suit most tastes and pockets; sea food is very popular here.
Jersey offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy water-based activities and sports including Banana Rides, water skiing, jet skiing and wakeboarding.
Other nearby places you might like to visit Gorey, St. Aubin’s Bay and St. Brelade’s Beach. You will find the inland country roads are fairly quiet and you can enjoy some lovely unspoilt countryside.
You can travel by sea or air from the UK – Flight Time from London is around 50 minutes, the airport is approximately 5 miles from St. Helier.
Author: - Maria Jameson