Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and the most popular. With 48 miles of varied coastline and rugged hills perfect for hiking, Jersey is the ultimate destination for those who love walking and the outdoors. Despite being one of the British Isles, Jersey does not share Britain’s reputation for unreliable weather. Conversely, Jersey enjoys great weather throughout the year and is one of Europe’s sunniest spots.
Jersey is served by Jersey Airport (JER) which is the principal gateway for holidaymakers visiting the Channel Islands. The airport is situated in the parish of Saint Peter which is just 8km away from the capital, St Helier. It only takes an hour to fly from London to Jersey and there are a number of carriers which offer flights, including low-cost carriers such as EasyJet and Flybe which fly to Jersey. This makes Jersey the perfect destination for a cheap getaway.
Upon arrival at Jersey Airport, you can get a bus or taxi to St Helier. The journey takes 20 minute by taxi and between 15 and 45 minutes by bus.
What to Do in Jersey
Undeniably, one of the island’s major draws is its impressive coastline. Jersey has a fantastic range of sandy, pebble and rock beaches to choose from. Two of the most popular beaches is St. Aubin’s Bay and St. Ouen’s Bay. St. Ouen’s Bay spans 8km which means that it is both the largest beach in Jersey and that it is never overcrowded, even in the peak summer months. Plemont Bay is a picturesque beach which is definitely worth a visit. The beach is situated on the north coast and has sea caves, rock pools and a sandy bay.
If you can drag yourself away from the beaches, there are plenty of attractions to visit inland. One of the most popular outdoor attractions is the Durrell Wildlife Park. This world-famous park is home to a number landscaped enclosures and Jersey Zoo. The zoo has around 200 species including fruit bats, Andean bears and orangutans.
Jersey’s Living Legend Village is one of the most popular attractions on the island and offers an interesting insight into the history of the island. The village consists of two miniature golf courses, cafes, restaurants and shopping facilities.
There are a number of important landmarks which are a must-visit while on holiday in Jersey, such as Mont Orgueil Castle and Elizabeth Castle. Mont Orgueil Castle overlooks Gorey Beach and is one of the best-reserved castles of its kind. Elizabeth Castle is situated within St. Aubin’s Bay and features a number of interesting exhibitions which explore the history of the fortress. In addition, the castle’s cannons fire every day at midday.