Jersey may only be 45 square miles in size but it has some of the most varied landscape. From the cliffs on the north coast, home to many birds including puffins, to the golden sand beaches on the south coast. Or the wind blown dunes on the west, that are now a conservation area with many flora including some very rare Orchids, to the offshore reefs of the east coast where the 40ft tidal movements, some of the largest in the world, makes these magical places, not only diverse in landscape and sea life, but one of the most beautiful places for a walking holiday, and has been declared a Ramsar site.
Jersey is not only spoilt with its coastal areas but also its countryside and farmland that has produced the exquisite Jersey Royal Potato, milk from the famous Jersey cow, and flowers that are exported around the world, making early spring a wonderful time to visit Jersey.
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust also has its home on Jersey. Set in 45 acres of beautiful parkland are some of the world’s most endangered animals. The Trust aims to not only breed the animals in Jersey or to help protect the species from extinction, but they are also active all over the world in protecting the animals’ habitats and helping breeding programmes in their native countries. A visit to the trust will not only be a wonderful experience but also help save these magnificent animals. For more information please visit – www.durrellwildlife.org
Parks & Gardens
Howard Davis Park
Just a ten minute stroll from the bustling town centre is the exquisite Howard Davis Park. The grounds in the form of a park is beautifully landscaped, a haven of tranquillity. Howard Leopald Davis officially handed over the park as a gift to the people of Jersey in 1939 and a statue of King George V was erected within the main entrance. Within weeks of being handed over, the Second World War was declared and German forces subsequently occupied the Island. Despite this, the statue of King George V and the park itself came through the five long years of Occupation virtually unscathed. At the end of the park is a Second World War memorial cemetery of wooden crosses. Flower shows, the Jazz in the Park and Rock in the Park Festivals and the Jersey Film Festival are held here, as well as regular musical performances throughout the summer on the covered stage.
Les Jardins de la Mer
These Maritime gardens in St Helier have beautiful views across the bay to Elizabeth Castle. It features a splendid water maize which is lit up at night with a sculpture of swimmers and dolphins as a centre piece.
Coronation (Millbrook) Park
Coronation Park has large lawns and many different gardens, with a wide array of plants and an attractive Victorian shelter. Throughout the summer many families enjoy this safe park that has two large children’s playgrounds, paddling pool and cafe.
St. Brelades Bay
The most popular beach in Jersey with its almost white sand, miles of space and activities inc. water skiing, banana rides, kayaks, speed boat rides by www.surfandsun.co.uk. It has very safe swimming and beautiful scenery.
St. Ouens Bay
Five miles long so never a problem to find a space. This is the surfing beach so swimming is only allowed between the “flags” as the large waves and strong currents are very dangerous. The beach has the most spectacular sunsets, but not very enjoyable for swimming at low tide as the sea can be around a mile away!
This is a secret little bay the locals love and not many visitors ever find. The car park is at the top and a small cliff path takes you down to this picturesque bay. It is very safe for swimmers and very sheltered by the cliffs on three sides, the only draw back is the hike back up to your car at the end of the day but very rewarding views.
Again a hidden treasure this spectacular bay is completely under water at high tide but at anything under high water there is a fantastic beach with rock pools and sea caves to explore, there is a tiny café on the way down the steep road/path to the beach. Parking in the height of summer can be a problem though. On a winters day this is a fantastically romantic place for a walk.
Jersey’s Offshore Reefs
Jersey is blessed with having some of the most spectacular offshore reefs three of which have been given international recognition by being designated RAMSAR sites. Les Écréhous which can visited by boat is nothing more than a few little rocks sticking out of the water with small huts huddled together at high tide, but as the tide drops an amazing 40ft (12meters) in 6 hours an island of rocks gullies and sand banks nearly half the size of Jersey appears. Les Écréhous is visible from the East coast of Jersey. We can arrange a trip by charter boat for you.