If you are looking for a holiday destination that allows you to catch a glimpse of history even as you go about exploring its scenic beauty, spend your next holiday in Jersey. Jersey is the largest amongst all Channel Islands, which are located between England and France. The picturesque island is a self-governing dependency of UK and is popular with tourists owing to its pristine beaches, inland valleys, walking trails and majestic castles that it boasts of.
Jersey offers you a rich history to explore. Visiting the war tunnels will give you a unique experience. They were built by slave labour when the Germans occupied Jersey in World War 2. The entire complex, called Hohlgangsanlag, took three and a half years to build.
At present, the tunnels exhibit a collection of memorabilia depicting the history of life on the island through first person accounts. The tunnels also host a popular sculpture titled “Silence” which was created by Paul de Mnchaux and is often noted as the identity of these tunnels.
No holiday is complete without retail therapy. You can let loose and go all out with a great variety of stores to browse through. You’ll find both high end stores and small local shops to choose from. Fish n beads is quite a unique place to visit as it specializes in funky jewellery and driftwood art. It’s located just outside St. Helier store and is run by a local artist.
Jersey beaches are quite popular and have been showcased in Hollywood movies endless times. Beauport Bay is quite nice, yet isn’t too crowded. This south facing beach lies at the foot of three cliffs, sheltering it from the winds. To top it all, the golden sand makes it ideal for sunbathing.
If you are a lover of huge crowds, St. Brelade’s Bay will appeal to you. It is more crowded than the other beaches as there are some really adventurous water sports that one can try out. Paddle boarding, beach volleyball, traditional pedalos; you name it and it’s there!
Sun, surf and sand… Shopping, frolick and nightlife… Jersey has everything for the modern traveller who is looking for an escape from his or her mundane routine. In case you have had enough of the coast, you can head to the neolithic tombs and castles.
Jersey has green lanes with restricted traffic for walkers and cyclists. The valleys are lush and leafy with wide pastures and beautiful cows, almost reminding you of a scenic painting. Moreover, to appease your taste buds, the restaurants in Jersey offer freshly caught seafood within a high-end self catering complex. So, it’s a perfect place for seafood lovers!
So go, head out for an adventure. Visit Jersey to experience the wonderful amalgamation of British and French cultures in style.