Jersey is an island of shimmering coastlines, beautiful unspoiled beaches and spectacular sunsets and all the gorgeous scenery aside, there are still many amazing things to do as well. It may be small, but it still certainly packs a punch as a travel destination! Here are some of the best things to do in Jersey…
Little trips – big rides!
Every part of Jersey whether north, south, east or west has something for everyone to explore. From fantastic beaches and ocean drives to country lanes and castles, maritime museums to WW2 fortifications and German war tunnels, Jersey is packed with history and heritage. What better way to explore all this than in a classic VW campervan or a leisurely cycle meander for a road trip of a lifetime. Go back in time with any a self-guided heritage road trip and delve into all of Jersey’s famous myths and legends.
Go on ‘surfari’ in Jersey
Why surf in crowded Cornwall when you can sample the surfing delights of Jersey? Jersey has many sheltered beaches which are also blessed with a favourable wind and strong Atlantic swells. All it takes is a 10-minute drive, your own wetsuit and you can join one of their incredible ‘surfaris’ where you can be coached by an ISA Level 2 qualified coach using one of their boards, chosen to suit you. With transport to and from the beach provided you’re guaranteed a stunning surf experience whatever your level!
Jersey is a mecca for cyclists of all ages and skill levels and here you can take your bike with you or better still hire one from one of the many cycle hire shops in Jersey. This is where you can get advice and help on how to stay safe on the roads. Steep climbs, coast roads, wooded valleys and cycle-friendly roads with reduced speed limits are perfect for safe cycling. Adventurous riders can choose from a number of advanced cycle routes but those who prefer a slower pace will love the Green Lane network. Explore Jersey’s French heritage as you cycle along lush Green Lanes dotted with traditional French road names. Discover more of the island when you book a cycle tour with a qualified local guide who will help you to learn about and enjoy all that Jersey has to offer!
Cool down after your road trip with a drink at one of our seaside pubs and make sure to listen out for Jérrais which is the ancient Norman language still proudly spoken by some locals. Jersey visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to watering holes with a view of the sea and menus offering locally sourced seafood and often real ales or fine wines. Try The Prince of Wales in the north of the island, The Old Court House in the south, The Seymour Inn in the east or La Pulente in the west and that’s just for starters! Any one of the lovely old seaside pubs is the perfect place for a relaxing drink with a gorgeous sea view.
Go on the Jersey Liberation Safari
The Channel Islands played a dramatic role during WW2 and Jersey has a fascinating story to tell. When you embark on a Jersey Liberation Seafari heading out from Albert Pier, St Helier you will get the chance to hear true stories of the Occupation by the Nazis and the subsequent liberation of the island as experienced by islanders and the Allied forces. You will gain first-hand information and insight into how the island coped during wartime and afterward.
Explore WW2 Bunkers by Night
Continue your exploration of Jersey’s wartime story with a fascinating insight into how the island was turned into a fortress by the Third Reich using slave labour – one of the more notorious episodes in Channel Island history. Join researchers in the hours of darkness to discover WW2 bunkers and tunnels which are usually out of bounds to the public for a truly unforgettable experience. Taken with the fact that the D-Day invasion happened less than 30 miles from Jersey this is a chance to gain a unique understanding of the island’s part in the war.
Stay in quirky accommodation
Who says you have to spend your holiday in a boring hotel or guest house? Why not stay somewhere more unusual to see Jersey from a whole different perspective to truly appreciate its unique heritage. Jersey is blessed with no end of unusual or downright quirky locations for you to enjoy including an apartment within Elizabeth Castle to live like a king for a day (or more), or a boat-shaped beach hut with a difference right on St Ouen’s beach.
If you have a head for heights you may like to try the Radio Tower set on top of a cliff edge and overlooking the Corbiére Lighthouse. The Radio Tower has been refurbished to provide self-catering accommodation across 6 levels, and with a 360-degree unbeatable view!
As a truly unique, atmospheric and historic island, Jersey has so much to offer besides sea, sand, and surf for families and couples of all ages.
Fancy winning a Jersey break for yourself?
Visit Jersey is holding a fabulous competition where you can win a summer break for two on the island. The stay will include flights from the UK and a 2-night stay at the gorgeous historic Pomme D’Or Hotel.
The competition is running from the 27th December 2019 and closes on 31 March 2020.