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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.

Where can I drive to?

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.

Did you know?

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.

Best of Jersey

  • Jersey War Tunnels is a permanent reminder of the German Occupation, which lasted almost five years until the island's liberation on 9 May 1945. A series of underground galleries detail the history of the Occupation through the experiences of those who lived through it.
  • La Hougue Bie has layer upon layer of history. It’s a Neolithic burial mound dating back 5,500 years, topped with a little medieval chapel, next to a WWII German bunker housing a unique memorial to the slave workers in the Channel Islands during the Occupation.
  • Jersey offers a fantastic array of outdoor activities, including aerial trekking on ropes and walkways suspended in the trees, abseiling, archery, assault courses, bungee trampolining and blokarting (also known as landsailing: be whisked along the sands at up to 50 mph as the wind fills the sails of your buggy.)
  • Catch a sea bass then barbecue it for dinner, following up an exhilarating fishing trip with a beach party as the sun goes down.
  • Walk across St Aubin’s Bay at low tide to lovely Elizabeth Castle, or take one of the castle ferries, named Charming Nancy and Charming Betty. Explore turrets and battlements, and hear the cannon fired. The future King Charles II sought refuge here during the English Civil War.
  • The Jersey Shell Garden is the largest in the world, with dolphins, mermaids, miniature houses, a church, train, giant clams and thousands of flowers. Begun by local man Colin Soudain in 1957, it now boasts millions of shells, testimony to years of love and hard work.

Condor Ferries operates six sailings a week to Jersey

For more information on Jersey visit www.jersey.com

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