Many nations have fought over the island of Jersey during the course of its history,
and given its outstanding beaches, rich heritage and excellent amenities throughout the
island, it's not difficult to see why. Lying just off the coast of France in the English
Channel, Jersey and its neighbouring island Guernsey are easily accessible by air and
sea from both sides of the Channel.
Jersey is self-governing and is owned by neither Great Britain nor France, and so
its culture is something of a peculiar combination of the two whilst still retaining a
strong sense of individuality and pride. Throughout the island lie relics of Jersey's
rich heritage, and in particular its military history. Its castles, war tunnels and
preserved bunkers are just some of the fascinating historic places that are waiting
to be explored.
Its economy is primarily based around finance, and the island is considered by
many to be a tax haven. However, visit in the early spring and you will also be able
to see the stunning flower fields in bloom - Jersey's secondary economy is based around
agriculture and it is this that gives the island its characteristic patchwork of small
fields and lush, green areas.
The island boasts plenty in the way of things to do, from surfing, sailing and diving
off its golden coasts to walking and cycling through its unspoilt inland terrain. Jersey
also has much to offer for those who prefer to take it easy too. From shopping,
entertainment and fine dining in St Helier to seductive spas, coach trips and motorbike
tours, you can experience the island at your own leisure. With festivals and celebrations
such as the Battle of Flowers taking place throughout the year, there's always plenty to
see and do.
Something Jersey has that never fails to inspire envy on the British mainland is its
warm climate. Being the southernmost of the Channel Islands, its weather is generally far
more clement than the Brits are accustomed to, making it an ideal holiday destination for
those seeking the sun.