The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey sits just off the Normandy coast, and enjoys a particularly warm climate, with more sunshine than anywhere else in the British Isles. Full of inspirational scenery; book yourself a stay in a cheap hotel in Jersey to fully experience the island’s beauty.
It might be a small island, measuring just nine miles by five, but this, along with its warm sunny weather, makes Jersey ideal for exploring by foot. Take a short stroll from your Jersey hotel and see the island’s diverse landscape, or join one of the guided walks organised by Jersey Tourism to find out more about local history and nature. If you’re thinking about seeing the whole island, you could even hire a bike from one of the island’s cycle shops, and explore the winding country roads.
Jersey has a well-deserved reputation for its beautiful flora, and Le Noir Pré Orchid Field is a great place to spot rare wild flowers if you’re staying at a hotel in Jersey in May or June. The island is also known for its golden sandy beaches, with the St Brelades Bay being a particular favourite, and with many cheap Jersey hotels being found by the sea, it’s easy to just sit back and take in the wonderful views.
With its low tax rates, the island has become a booming shopping destination, and the boutiques of St Helier, dotted in side-streets around the Victorian Market, are a great place to pick up designer bargains, as are the town’s two historic department stores, de Gruchy and Voisins. There is also a rich tradition of arts and crafts on the island, and Jersey Pottery is a particularly sought after item.
Jersey’s close position to Normandy has encouraged a unique mix of English and French culture to flourish, however, it has also seen the island face some turbulent times in its past. The Mont Orgueil Castle was built as a fortification against the French in the 13th century, but it’s now a particularly peaceful spot to visit, as it overlooks the picturesque harbour at Gorey. Its successor, Elizabeth Castle, sits off the coast at Saint Helier, and can be reached by ferry, or a causeway at low tide.
The Second World War was also a period of conflict for Jersey, when it fell under German occupation, and you can find out about this chapter of the island’s history with a visit to the Jersey War Tunnels.
If you’re feeling active, you’ll find plenty on the island to keep you occupied. Jersey is home to several golf courses, including the La Moye Golf Course which has previously played host to the PGA Tour. At the Jersey Sea Sport Centre you can try out a range of water-sports, from kayaking to water-skiing, and, sitting on the Atlantic Coast, the picturesque St Ouen’s Bay is great for surfing.
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