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With its quiet country roads, picturesque coastline and historic buildings, Jersey can also offer some of the best weather in Britain. Here's why you should go...
Many people are familiar with Jersey through the island's use as the setting in the popular television series 'Bergerac.' While many may have expressed reservations about the amount of murderous crime there seemed to be on that fictional version of the island, its portrayal of a small and welcoming community, set in some lovely locations, was true enough.
The great thing about holidays in Jersey is that you get all the excitement of a foreign holiday without having to change your money or learn a new language.
Not that there is no 'foreign' influence on Jersey at all. You will notice that many names of people and places have a certain French ring to them and the cuisine you encounter may also have distinctly French flavours. This is not surprising when you take into account the proximity of Jersey to France and that the islands were a focal point for French and English supremacy in the area for many years in the Middle Ages.
The presence of fortifications such as Elizabeth Castle testifies to the often turbulent history of the island. These fortifications date back to the 1590s and early 1600s when Sir Walter Raleigh was governor of Jersey. One British monarch, Charles II, took refuge here in the grounds during the English Civil War, while there is a hermitage that is said to have been the home of St Helier in the sixth century AD.
Mont Orgeuil Castle dates back to the 13th century and is sometimes known as Gorey Castle by English speaking islanders. The castle was used as a prison for some of its history and housed many political prisoners, such as John Lilburne.
More recent history has darker shadows to it. The Jersey War Tunnels are a relic of the island's occupation by the Germans during World War Two. Known as Höhlgangsanlage 8, these tunnels are now a museum and memorial to the island's war time experiences and can be reached by taking an authentic vintage Jersey bus. Built largely by forced labourers from all over the German conquests in Europe, they now provide a fascinating insight into what happened during the Second World War on the island.
A more homely type of history can be found at the Hamptonne Farm, where a museum covering three centuries of ordinary Jersey life is housed in the attractive farm buildings. Another great destination for anyone who enjoys a mix of relaxation and education is the Durrell Wildlife Park, formerly known as Jersey Zoo. Founded by the great naturalist and writer Gerald Durrell, it houses over 130 different species, many of them endangered.
Jersey is also blessed with some great golf courses, where the views from the tees across the sea are incredible. If you favour something less active, then simply exploring the beautiful sandy beaches is often enough for people. There is plenty of sea fishing on offer, as well as water sports for those who fancy their thrills a little more adrenaline charged. Flights to Jersey always end in relaxation, wherever you are flying from and whatever you plan to do.
Jersey is very accessible from the rest of the UK and you can fly into Jersey Airport (JER) in under an hour, making it a very convenient holiday option...
You can fly to Jersey from all over the UK. The largest operator is flybe with services from 22 UK airports - Southampton, Exeter, Cardiff, Bristol, Gatwick, Luton, Norwich, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds Bradford, Doncaster, Humberside, Durham Tees Valley, Newcastle, Isle of Man, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.
In addition, easyJet has started flying from Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, Southend and Gatwick, and British Airways also offers services from Gatwick. Blue Islands flies from London City, Bristol and Southampton, and Aurigny flies from neighbouring Guernsey and Alderney, as well as Stansted.
Once your plane touches down you'll want to know the easiest way to get to your accommodation. Here are your choices...
Jersey airport is well served by public transport and bus number 15 will take you from the airport to St Helier via St Aubin. You will find the bus stop outside the Arrivals Terminal exit.
If you'd prefer to travel by taxi, you will find a rank adjacent to the Arrivals Hall. Public taxis are controlled by a meter and you should expect to pay around £12 for a taxi into St Helier.
If you would prefer to independently see the island, then you may want to consider car hire.
Whether you're looking for a coastal getaway or a rural bolt-hole, you'll have plenty of choice in picturesque Jersey. But where should you stay?
Jersey is extremely well served with accommodation, from luxury high-end hotels to budget B&Bs and guesthouses.
St Helier is the island's capital and opting for a hotel located close to the town centre will mean you'll be within walking distance of fine dining at Michelin-starred eateries, spas and shops. And if you're looking for balmy days on sandy stretches, 10 minutes from the town centre will bring you to two impressive beaches.
With more than 50 miles of country lanes, if you're looking to stay inland among Jersey's beautiful landscape, you'll have plenty of choice. From country hotels set among tranquil stunning gardens to cosy guesthouses, you'll find it here.
If, on the other hand, you would prefer a coastal stay, consider St Aubin. Here the old town is centred round the attractive and vibrant harbour with its many hotels, restaurants, inns and bistros. Gorey is another option for your stay and there are also plenty of accommodation choices here.