With miles of unspoilt, surf-lapped coastline and a balmy climate, the most southerly of the Channel Islands is a truly beautiful place.
Head to Jersey’s rugged north coast for stunning clifftop walks or adventure inland to explore the capital, St Helier, where you’ll everything from Victorian seafood markets to fascinating museums.
Take the bus from St Helier’s Liberation Station to Mont Orgueil Castle, overlooking Gorey harbour. Spend an hour exploring the stunning Medieval castle: make an adventure in its network of staircases, towers and secret rooms to discover hidden treasures. Afterwards, take a stroll outside and enjoy the sea air and stunning views of the French coast.
Take the short bus journey back to St Helier for lunch. Potter around the Central Markets – a feast for the senses, bursting with colours and smells of delicious local produce – before heading to the Fresh Fish Company on Victoria Pier to pick up a fresh lobster claw or crab sandwich before making your way to your next stop.
Hire a bike for the afternoon and cycle about 30 minutes to the haunting Jersey War Tunnels in the centre of the island. Take your time at the exhibit detailing Jersey's occupation history – from resistance, through to starvation and then eventual liberation during World War II. As you walk through the mile (1.5km) of tunnels, take time to reflect on their history before peddling back to town.
Get the lay of the land by hiring bikes and spending the morning cycling along the clearly signposted path from St Aubin’s Bay to St John. The five-mile (8km) journey winds its way across easy-to-medium terrain and should take about an hour and a half. The Jersey War Tunnels – a poignant exhibition detailing life in Jersey under Nazi occupation during World War II – are about half way along the path and provide a fascinating stopping point.
Return to St Helier’s for lunch at Don Street Delicatessen. Designed by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin, this foodies’ paradise stocks carefully sourced produce from local artisans, smallholders and farmers.
Spend the afternoon strolling around the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust – a stunning 32-acre park with valleys, woodland and some of the world’s rarest animals. As early evening falls, take a cab across town to St Brelade for dinner at Jersey Crab Shack. Book a table on the terrace and tuck into delicious crab tacos as you watch the sun go down over the Atlantic.
Get your wellies on to join an Oyster Trail walking tour with Jersey Walk Adventures. Experienced local guides will help you pick your way along the biggest oyster beds in the British Isles at the Royal Bay of Grouville. It’s all finished off with a tasting session at Seymour Inn.
Continue your foodie theme by heading to La Mare Wine Estate in St Mary, a quiet secluded corner in the north of the island, where vines and apple orchards surround an 18th-century Jersey farmhouse. Take a tour of the 20-acre working estate to learn how they make their popular wines and delicious Jersey apple-brandy cream. You’ll also have a chance to taste some of the island's heritage recipes, such as black butter preserve.
Dedicate a whole day to exploring the delights of St Helier. Trawl the Victorian Central and Fish Markets to taste local produce – from oysters and black butter to cheese and Jersey ice cream – and stroll along the pedestrianised King Street for even more tempting shopping. Hunker down for lunch at one of the many seafront cafes, then head to the Jersey Heritage Museum, just east of central Liberation Square, which traces the island’s story from prehistoric to present times – look out for the fascinating reconstruction of a Paleolithic cave scene at La Cotte de St Brelade, where cave dwellers hunted animals by stampeding them off the clifftops.
Take the vintage-themed shuttle bus from St Helier’s Liberation Station to the Jersey War Tunnels – a fascinating look at island life under Nazi occupation during World War II. Then pick up another bus to Corbière Lighthouse, on the tip of St Brelade. Get a guided tour to hear about shipwrecks, stormy weather and 100 years of brave lighthouse keepers. Finish the day with another bus trip to Mont Orgueil Castle, an imposing 13th-century fort that has stood guard over the tiny fishing village of Gorey for over 800 years.
Just north of Jersey on a short boat ride from St Catherine’s Breakwater is Les Écréhous and Les Dirouilles, a cluster of tiny long-abandoned islands now mostly used by fishermen. With golden sandbanks and shallow waters, the islands make for a great daytrip especially in summer.
Spend a lazy day strolling around the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, also known as Jersey Zoo. Established in 1959 by the late naturalist and author Gerald Durrell, this sprawling park is home to a menagerie of rare mammals and birds. Head for an early evening dinner at the Bulwarks promenade at St Aubin, a collection of sun-dappled alfresco courtyards and harbour-view restaurant decks.
Hop on an RIB (a rigid-hulled inflatable boat) and head to the nearby island of Sark. Not only is it prime star-gazing territory but the island is also home to the beautiful La Seigneurie Gardens, a splendid rose garden planted by monks. Make time to see the Venus Pool, a large tidal rock pool carved into the rock on Little Sark and accessible only at mid-tide.
Head to the wilds of St Ouen for a coastal foraging expedition with Wild Adventures Jersey. Pull on your wellies and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you explore Jersey’s submerged coastal landscapes and learn about its wild edible and medicinal plants.
Get your adrenaline pumping on your last day. Jersey’s rugged coastline is ripe for exploring by kayak. Absolute Adventures provides fully-guided tours with professional qualified instructors and some even include a spot of coasteering, rock-climbing and cliff jumping for the more adventurous.