The picturesque island of Jersey, off the coast of Normandy, offers holiday-makers a sublime mix of cosmopolitan activity and laid-back beach-side life. Its mild winters and comfortably warm summers make Jersey an ideal vacation destination at any time of the year. There's a little bit of everything on this ancient island, from awe-inspiring historic sites to stunning coastal scenery. If you’re looking for a rugged beach paradise not too far from home, the Jersey is for you.
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Flight frequency: Daily
Currency: JEP (£)
The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey sits between the northern coast of France and the southern coast of England. The island is surrounded by 15 miles of gorgeous sandy beaches, making it an ideal choice for a relaxing seaside getaway. Whether you’re a culture vulture, a nature lover, or a shopaholic, a trip to Jersey is sure to satisfy all your holiday needs. There’s no shortage of museums, churches and old houses where you can learn more about the island’s rich history, and fantastic opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts to go on long rambles and absorb the sensational natural environment. If you like the idea of an expert showing you around, you’re in luck; there are plenty of opportunities to take organised tours and ensure you don’t miss any of the major attractions. With great music, entertainment and food on offer, Jersey is packed full of fabulous ways to unwind.
Unsurprisingly given Jersey's geographical location, seafood has always been a big favourite, and there are plenty of beachside eateries serving up the best the ocean has to offer. Try Beau Rivage, which treats diners to scrumptious seafood dishes as well as breathtaking views of St Brelade’s Bay. If you’re not too full after your feast, check out Jersey’s buzzing evening entertainment scene. Whether you’re into good old fashioned pubs, sophisticated bars or live music, you’ll find something that floats your boat.
If you’re looking to make the most of your holiday cash while you’re in Jersey, St Helier – the island’s capital – is probably the best place to do it. Here you’ll find several streets chock-full of shops. For well-known retailers such as Next, Topshop and Marks & Spencer, head to the pedestrianised area that runs the length of King Street and Queen Street. Also on King Street are the two staple Jersey department stores, De Gruchy’s and Voisins. The beating heart of St Helier is the Central Market, a Victorian covered market that houses exquisite flower displays, stalls selling traditional Jersey preserves, specialist chocolate-makers and much more.
Every September, Jersey plays host to the Branchage Film Festival, four days of fantastic film screenings, live comedy and spoken word events. Alternatively, you might want to time your holiday to coincide with Tennerfest, a six week period when nearly two hundred Jersey restaurants agree to serve meals at fixed prices. You’ll be able to get your teeth into a delicious plate of grub for just £10. There are countless activities and attractions to enjoy in Jersey, from fishing, golf and cycling to skydiving, rock climbing and surfing. Jersey has a fascinating history ready and waiting for you to discover on the Occupation Trail, which charts the German military occupation of the island during World War II.
Jersey Airport is located just over four and a half miles from St Helier. Despite the island’s small size, there are good transport links in Jersey so you should find travelling to and from the airport a hassle-free experience.
IATA code: JER
Name: Jersey Airport
Address: Jersey Airport, St Peter, Jersey, JE1 1BY, Channel Islands
Telephone: +44 (0)1534 446000
There are two car parks at Jersey Airport, as well as Drop Off and Pick Up zones. The Long Stay car park can be found in front of the Departures Terminal, while Short Stay is located in front of the Arrivals Terminal. Both car parks cater for disabled drivers. You will need to pay 70p per hour to park at Jersey Airport, whether you are using the Long or the Short Stay car park.
There is a bus route that operates regular services between Jersey Airport and St Helier. Some buses have WiFi internet access.
There is a taxi rank outside the arrivals hall at Jersey Airport. You do not need to book in advance, but if you are travelling in a large group it is advisable. The taxis run on a meter and you may be charged different rates depending on the time of day you are travelling, and whether it is a weekend or public holiday.
Car hire offices are located in the landside Arrivals Terminal. There is no requirement to book in advance, but those who do pre-book are likely to get the best deals. Hiring a car can be a great way to see the sights of Jersey with ease.