Sometimes it’s all too easy to overlook Jersey when you’re planning your travels. Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and comes under British sovereignty despite its proximity to France, though the streets and villages have French names. The island has a balmy climate, beautiful beaches and has managed to retain its rural charm.
Jersey’s warm climate
If you travel anywhere on the UK mainland in search of sun, even during the summer months, you may have a problem. The notoriously fickle summer weather means that it can be difficult to find anywhere in the country where you can guarantee that you’ll come home with a tan. Jersey remains a popular holiday destination with numerous flights available, and the island’s warm temperatures mean that you won’t have to be cooped up inside for the majority of your trip.
Activities on Jersey
The island is perfect for those who enjoy walking and cycling. Explore the north west of the island and visit the ruins of Gronez Castle or the Les Landes racetrack, which hosts 9 annual race meetings and must be one of the most attractive racecourses in the UK. If you want to try your hand at activities in the sky, then you’ll find plenty of opportunity to do so; flying lessons, and skydiving are readily available. Jersey is a sports lover’s paradise and those of you who enjoy kayaking, jet skiing and other water-based activities will be spoilt for choice.
Unusual sights on Jersey
One of the more unusual sights on the island is Noirmont, the Second World War bunkers perched over Portelet Bay high above the sea. The monument has been designated as a war memorial by the States of Jersey as a sign of respect to all who suffered and perished as a result of the Nazi invasion of the island. It’s quite a chilling experience to wander around the island and learn more about the occupation and there are other monuments and memorial sites across Jersey.
Gerald Durrell’s legacy
The internationally-renowned zoologist and explorer Gerald Durrell set up his zoo and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust on the island over fifty years ago. Despite Durrell’s death, the zoo’s valuable work still continues and it is currently home to 130 species, most of whom face extinction in the wild. Make your way to Les Augres Manor in Trinity on the north east of the island to visit this special place.