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.
Unsurprisingly, the sea is Jersey’s biggest playground. Head to the beaches to enjoy all sorts of watersports, from swimming and sailing to windsurfing and kayaking. You could even try a spot of coasteering – an adrenaline-spiking adventure sport that’ll have you scrambling across rocks, diving into inky-deep pools of water and venturing into eerie coastal caves.
As such a small island, Jersey is ideal for exploring by bike, from scenic touring routes that cling to the coast to gentle peddles through vineyards and orchards. All routes are well signposted, and you can hire bicycles from several places in St Helier. If you prefer a walk, head for the signposted cliff paths along the north coast for breath-taking views, or take off early to walk around the entire island in a day.
For something more sedate, Jersey’s picturesque beaches have hundreds of rock pools teeming with life. Try a spot of foraging and bring a net to harvest shrimps, limpets and juicy razor fish, fresh from their holes.
From cruising around off-shore islands to jetting across to France for lunch, these boat tours are a great way to see the island and its caves and cliffs. Hop aboard at St Catherine’s Breakwater or St Helier for a chance of spotting Jersey’s grey seals and dolphins – Jersey’s waters are home to one of the largest pods of bottlenose dolphins in the world.
Herm is a 45-minute boat ride from Jersey’s St Catherine’s Breakwater. As the smallest of the Channel Islands, Herm is just one-and-a-half miles (2.5km) long by half a mile (0.8km) wide and completely free of bikes and cars. Thanks to its mild climate, many of the island’s plants are sub-tropical, and its soft white sand and sparkling turquoise waters add to Herm’s feeling of paradise.
Star-gazing on Sark
Slightly larger than Herm, Sark is also traffic free, but you may spot a horse and cart once in a while. Remote as it is, Sark does not suffer from light pollution, giving it Dark Sky Community status and making it a haven for star-gazers. It is the world’s first designated Dark Sky Island.