Jersey Background information
Jersey, the brash big brother, a bit raffish but very successful, is the most southerly Island of the British Isles.
Located some 100 miles (160 kms) south of mainland Britain yet only 14 miles (22 kms) from the coast of France, Jersey measures just nine miles by five (14 kms x 8 kms). The Island is a Crown Dependency and although not part of the U.K. owes allegiance to the British Crown.
Jersey Tourism is part of the Economic Development Department whose Committee is guided in tourism matters by the Jersey Tourism Board
This is an upbeat resort island with some glorious scenery. Jersey has the Channel Islands’ best beaches, with mile upon mile of deserted sands, the best sights – with superb ancient castles, World War II treasure troves, multi-million-pound heritage attractions and the famous Jersey Zoo – and the best nightlife for both young and old. The island is big enough to have unspoilt countryside to explore and a wild north coast for invigorating walks. The small ports of Gorey and St Aubin are charming- the capital, St Helier, is less so.
An impressive choice of hotels and guesthouse, limited self-catering, good campsites.
All you must know about cultural aspects of Jersey. You can visit various parishes in Jersey:
St Helier: The pedestrianised streets hum with bargain-hunting shoppers, pubs and restaurants burst with convivial drinkers and diners, and Elizabeth Castle, the jersey Museum and the maritime museum rate among the island’s best attractions.
St Aubin’s bay: The vast sandy crescent of St Aubin’s Bay sprawls westward from St Helier. Spectacular sandy beaches, secluded coves, awesome cliffs, and moody, rocky panoramas. You can visit St Matthew’s church at Millbrook, St Aubin Harbour, Noirmont point or one of the Two of the island’s top attractions, The Jersey War Tunnels.
St Brelade Bay is Jersey’s most famous resort. Cafes and souvenirs shop line the promenade, while windbreaks and deckchairs suffuse the fabulous, unbroken sands with colors. You can visit the Fishermen’s Chapel, the parish church of St Brelade or even Jersey Lavender Farm.
The 4-mile beach at St Ouen’Bay is big and beautiful enough to grace any island twice the size of Jersey. Behind the sea wall for surfers, are the extensive protected dunes and marshes of ‘Les Mielles’ conservation zone. At the northern end of the bay the Channel Islands military museum is packed with British and German occupation. But you can also visit the Battle of Flowers Museum, the Kempt Martello Tower Visitor Centre or in the Channel Islands Military Museum.
At the northwest corner of the island, Grosnez Point summarizes Jersey at its most spectacular. The sea spray salts the aroma oh heather and gorse on the awesome cliffs, and from the point on a perfectly clear day you can see all of the other Channel Islands. Only a gloomy hint of the 14th century castle is still standing
In The North Coast, you can visit Plemont Bay a well-shielded beach reached by steep steps from a café. Greve de Lecq is the north coast’s most popular and busiest family beach, with direct access and several cafes. Just inland try out the island’s wine at La Mare Vineyards, you can learn about wine-making and distilling and taste the fruity white wine. But Jersey Zoo is the main tourist attraction of this northern part of the island. The zoo is a lot of fun and a great educational attraction: notices highlight the threats to each species.
To finish this trip round Jersey,the Southeast offers to the visitors pretty things to see. In Gorey harbour, a real picture postcard image, the quayside fish restaurant attracts plenty of evening trade and are literally overshadowed by the Mont Castle, Jersey’s oldest castle. In the southeast, you can visit various places from the most ancient site, La Hougue Bie, to the Royal bay of Grouville or Jersey Pottery.