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The Jewel of the Channel Islands: Holidaying in Jersey

It’s not part of Great Britain. And it’s not part of France. But everyone speaks English and uses the British Pound: and all of the street signs are written in French. Confused?

The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey lies around 80 miles off the South coast of England and about 12 miles from Normandy, accounting for its fascinating union of Anglo-French culture. Nicknamed the ‘Island of Flowers’ for its beauty, renowned for its potatoes and milk, this picturesque haven attracts nearly three quarters of a million visitors every year.

If you’re not already packing your suitcase in preparation for a holiday to this unique destination, then check out this guide to holidaying on the charming island of Jersey.

When to Go

Thankfully, the climate of Jersey resembles that of its French neighbours far more than that of the UK. Mild winters and pleasant summers make Jersey the perfect destination for travellers who find the summer heat of Mediterranean destinations unbearable and people travelling with children. Attractive year round, the island is a fantastic summer destination as well as a great choice for a cosy, winter break.

How to Get There

Jersey has a busy airport, in relation to the overall size of the island. Numerous major and budget airlines fly from the UK and European airports to Jersey, with more flights during the summer months. Flights from the UK take around 1 hour.

Where to Stay

When it comes to staying in Jersey, there’s something to suit all travellers.

If camping is your thing, get back to nature at the Daisy Cottage Campsite. This is the only campsite on the island’s west coast and boasts a tranquil location close to the very beautiful St Ouens Bay, which is a popular spot with surfers.

If you’re not a fan of sleeping rough, one of Jersey’s holiday lets could be the perfect location for you to sit back, relax and enjoy the breath taking views. Check out holidayletting.co.uk for more information on Jersey’s holiday lets.

For a little bit of opulence, you should look no further than this luxury four star, Jersey hotel. L’Horizon Hotel and Spa which is available to book online at Hand Picked Hotels, sits on St Brelade’s Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and is the perfect choice for travellers in search of some light indulgence and extreme relaxation.

How to Get Around

By far the best method of exploring Jersey is by bike. With an area covering roughly 45 square miles (that’s about 1/13 the size of the city of London), the quiet country lanes and craggy coastlines of the island are a cyclist’s paradise.

Alternatively, driving in Jersey is much like driving in the UK, so hiring a car is hassle free in comparison to adapting to the different driving styles of European countries.

What to Do

It may be on the small side, but when it’s comes to things to see and do, Jersey’s rich and unique culture is bursting with opportunities.

For a taste of the history of Jersey, visit the Jersey War Tunnels. This museum is packed with information about the German occupation of Jersey and the other Channel Islands. Housed in an underground hospital and a surrounding network of tunnels, the museum possesses an eerie atmosphere, guaranteed to spark your interest in the island’s history and send shivers down your spine.

If you’re travelling with children, nothing beats the Durrell Wildlife Park. This conservation park houses some of the most endangered species in the world, including Orangutans, Madagascar Pochards (previously deemed extinct), Black Lion Tamarins and Spiny Turtles. A visit to the park is sure to be a unique and fascinating experience for everyone, regardless of age.

If there’s one thing that Jersey is famous for, it’s food. In addition to the island’s celebrated potatoes and milk, local highlights include mussels (referred to as ‘moules’ by people from Jersey), oysters and lobster. If you consider yourself a food lover, the annual Jersey Food Festival, which takes place in early summer, is the perfect attraction for you.

So the next time you’re choosing a holiday destination, whatever time of year you’re travelling or what sort of trip you have in mind, the island of Jersey could be everything you’re looking for.

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