One of Jersey's lovely sandy beaches
A ferry to Jersey transports you to this beautiful island with a colourful blend of French and British influences.
Jersey is just nine miles wide by five miles deep, so everything is within easy reach.
A couple of miles east of St Helier is the looming fortress of Mont Orgueil Castle and a picture-book waterfront of cafés and shops. Bistros with pavement tables offer pretty views of bobbing boats.
To the west lie the shimmering white sands of St Ouen’s Bay and vast St Brelade’s Bay, where waves lap up to the hotels then retreat, leaving a pristine beach ideal for swimming, sunbathing and games.
Take the A8 north to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust for the snailarium, one of Jersey’s more unusual attractions. It is a home for endangered snails at the zoo founded by writer and naturalist Gerald Durrell. Visitors can adopt a snail in return for a small donation.
Jersey is such a popular tax haven that more than £187 billion is deposited in its banks at any one time.
Narrow country roads known as 'Green Lanes' have a speed limit of 15 mph and give priority to walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Jersey is the most southerly island of the British Isles, 100 miles south of the mainland and just 14 miles from the French coast.
The island grows and shrinks twice a day as the tide in the Bay of St Malo ebbs and flows in excess of 40 feet – one of the highest tidal ranges in the world.