Jersey is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in Europe and people of all ages will find it a great place to take a holiday. As Jersey is just a short journey from the UK it is easily reached which also makes it a great place for weekend breaks and it is considered to be the warmest part of the British Isles.
The island benefits from a large number of beaches which are clean and which do not get too busy. They are the ideal place for a family picnic or to indulge in some water sports such as swimming or diving. The mix of British and French cultures makes it the ideal place to get away from it all while retaining a sense of familiarity.
The island is divided into 12 parishes which mainly have small villages. The largest town on the island is St Helier and this serves as the island’s capital. The town has a population of less than 30,000 people and this is around one third of the total population of the island. Those who choose to holiday in this part of the island will find that there are plenty of hotels and guest houses which are child-friendly as well as many family friendly eateries.
An alternative to St Helier is Saint Aubin. This is a port which can be found on the southern coast of the island on the Gulf of Saint-Malo. This used to be a fishing village and is now the centre of activity in the parish of St. Brelade. Families visiting the area can follow The Railway Walk which starts in Saint Aubin and which runs to La Corbière. This part of the island is a great place to stay as there is plenty to see and do without having to travel too far and many of the attractions can be easily reached on foot.
Activities for all the family
A visit to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust will give the whole family a chance to learn more about the work being carried out to save a number of different species from extinction. This is an opportunity to pick up one of the most unusual gifts available on the island – a snail adoption. The donations go towards the work of the Trust.
Elizabeth Castle sits on a rocky outcrop in St Aubin’s Bay and has been part of the defences of the island for around 400 years. At low tide the castle can be reached on foot but there is also a ferry that runs – useful at high tide. The castle started life at the end of the 16thcentury and is a great place for all the family to learn more about the history of the island and this part of it in particularly. There are bunkers and battlements just waiting to be explored. The castle is open every day from the end of March to the beginning of November.History enthusiasts can also take the time to visit the Jersey War Tunnels.
During World War II the island was occupied by the Nazis and the tunnels have become a very popular tourist attraction. The tunnels now form a gallery and museum which details the history of the islands during the occupation and tourists can follow the story of those 5 years. In addition there is a visitor centre, shop and cafe.
The tunnels are open from March to November each year.For a day of fun and laughs the Aquasplash complex is the place to go. There is a 25 metre pool, a leisure pool complete with wave machine and an outdoor pool that has a lazy river. Rides there include flumes, tyre ride and a boogie board.
Those who want to take it a little easier can always opt for snorkelling lessons or relax in the sauna or steam room. The complex caters for those who just want to splash about right up to the serious swimmers. With a family pool there too it is ideal for every member of the family. The complex is open all year round.
Jersey is a great place to try something new and the Les Mielles Activity Centre is a good starting point. Visitors can take part in mini golf, use the giant inflatable slides, learn laser clay pigeon shooting or have a go on the bungee trampolines. The variety of activities means that there is something for all the family. Opening times for the centre vary throughout the year and some activities may need to be booked in advance.