Last updated: 24 December 2017
The channel island of Jersey is just fourteen miles from France. It is the largest and sunniest island in the British Isles. In the capital, Saint Hellier, the small and picturesque harbour is crammed with yachts and colorful fishing boats. An enormous thirteenth century castle, one of the best-preserved in Britain towers over the town.

All over the island eighteenth century stone towers serve as reminders of the Napoleonic wars and the islanders’ fear of attack.

The Nazis occupied the Channel Islands during the Second World War and curious visitors can explore the bunkers and extensive underground tunnels that remain from this era. The tunnels boast an interesting war museum.


The island has forty-five kilometres of coast with a multitude of tranquil coves boasting pebble, sand and cliff hung beaches. The surrounding waters provide rich fishing grounds. The forests and nine acres of lavender fields are great for hiking, cycling or horse riding.

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