Jersey is one of the Channel Islands that lie between England and France. It’s the biggest of the islands but at 5 miles long and 9 miles wide it’s extremely small, yet its packed with natural beauty and fun activities.
I visited Jersey in September with Visit Jersey and my good friend Liv from Liv on a Shoestring, we had an amazing weekend and September turned out to be a great time of year to visit as there was a hint of Autumn in the air but the sun was still very warm!
I was short on annual leave from work so we opted for a Friday evening flight there and a Sunday evening flight back. It took me longer to get from my office in London to Gatwick Airport than it did to fly from Gatwick into Jersey and I did more in my weekend in Jersey that I imagined, however I left feeling revived, restored and ready to take on the last part of the year!
If the above is not enough to convince you that you must visit Jersey then have a read of what I got up to in Jersey and what I think is the perfect Weekend in Jersey which will ensure you see and experience a lot of the island, and have an incredibly relaxed time whilst doing it too!
With Jersey being so close to England and France why not make the most of a Friday evening flight so you can spend the day at work and then jet off afterwards?
To enable you to see as much of the island as possible and in your own time it’s a good idea to hire a car. Book this before you arrive and as soon as you leave the baggage area in the airport you’ll see the car hire desks and before you know it you’ll be on your way! Remember that they drive on the left hand side of the road so the same as the UK but different to Europe.
If you don’t fancy driving then the public bus system did seem very good and buses seem to run well throughout the island. There is a bus stop right outside the airport to take people into St Helier- the capital of the island.
Take a slow drive to your hotel, I stayed in The Hampshire Hotel, just on the outskirts of St Helier which is not only a lovely, small hotel but its in a great location as we didn’t have to drive through St Helier but the town is walkable from here and it’s easy to get to everywhere on the island from.
Island life is generally based around the water and due to Jersey’s size and its gorgeous coastline Jersey life is no different, so the best way to start your first day in Jersey is like I did.. in the water!
I’d never been surfing before but it was high on my bucket list to try and I loved it! I went surfing as part of a yoga and surf retreat that was happening at that time with ‘Drift’ however there are plenty of companies you can go surfing with. Check out Visit Jersey’s page here to see them.
For a bit of fun and friendly advice on Surfing then I loved this post – 7 Surf Tips for Beginners.
St Ouens Bay on the West Coast of Jersey is the place to be. Not only is it the best place to catch some waves but it’s incredibly beautiful too!
If surfing isn’t your thing then don’t fear, there’s plenty of other ways you can get in and on the water from Kayaking, Paddleboarding, SUP Board Yoga, Scuba Diving, Coasteering and Water Skiing!
After a morning in or on the water then it’s nice to spend an afternoon on dry land but still out in the fresh air enjoying the ocean views.
Lunch is priority of course though and Jersey is known to be a bit of a foodie haven with a lot of incredible restaurants filled with its fresh sea food.
Le Moulin de Lecq is in Greve de Lecq Bay on the North West Point of the island, not far from St Ouens Bay. This would be a great restaurant to have some food in, explore Greve de Lecq before taking a walk further West to Plemont Bay and then returning to pick up your car.
Doing the coastal walk in the afternoon was our plan however our morning of Surf and Yoga took up quite a bit of our afternoon too so we didn’t have time to walk. Instead we drove straight to Plemont Bay, parked up and took the steps down to the bay and couldn’t believe the beauty of this place. The tide was in so we couldn’t go onto the beach or into the caves that hide under the cliffs but seeing the cliffs, ocean and sun starting to set was enough. Not only that but there were only 2 other people there!
Saturday evening has to be spent in the picturesque fishing village of St Aubin. We had a little trouble parking on a Saturday evening which meant we had to head up into the windy steep back streets of the village but in hindsight it was great to see the streets that make up the village as well as the beautiful houses that line the streets.
The promenade that lines a long the harbour is full of restaurants and pubs perfect for a Saturday evening meal and drink.
Liv and I were booked to have dinner at The Boat House, which I would highly recommend. It was pretty busy so I would suggest booking a head but totally worth it.
I started with the Jersey Crab on Toast which was delicious, followed by the Josper Grilled Bass Fillet which was cooked perfectly, alongside some Parmesan and Truffle Hand Cut Chips that pretty much changed my life and have made me only want to eat Truffle Chips, and I finished with the White Chocolate Ball and Brownie which was indeed a huge white chocolate ball which was melted by the waiter pouring warm chocolate sauce onto it, which then melted onto the brownie that was sitting underneath.. incredible!
Sunday morning provides the chance to get out on the water again but this time without so much exercise!
Taking a boat trip is the perfect way to see the island of Jersey from a different angle, visit some nearby islands that you may not know about and hopefully spot some wildlife!
I took a boat trip with Island RIB Voyages and I had such an amazing morning. I drove to St Catherine’s Bay which was another lovely drive. St Catherine’s Bay is on the East side of the island meaning that I had now visited both East and West.
We donned some red jackets and a life jacket provided to us by Island RIB Voyages and hopped onto the boat. Mario was our guide and skipper and he really helped make the trip unforgettable. We sailed out of the bay at a reasonably leisurely pace but before long we were speeding up for a true RIB experience!
Our trip was out to Les Ecrehous, a small island not too far away. When we were close by we slowed down and had a look out for some seals.. we were in luck as Mario’s brilliant eyesight spotted quite a few!
The tide was low at Les Ecrehous island meaning we could get off the boat and have a walk around on what would be the sea bed during high tide. There are a number of small settlements on the island, they aren’t lived in all year round, instead used as more holiday homes and it was fascinating having a look round. There’s a viewpoint behind some of the buildings which provides an incredible view of the ocean with Jersey in the distance and on the day I visited with the sun shining and the skies so blue I felt like I could well be in the Mediterranean!
The journey back to Jersey was just as enjoyable, there’s something about the sea air that really clears your mind and I felt so much more settled yet so much more alive when we stepped foot back on Jersey.
St Catherine’s Bay is a really nice area so we had a walk along the beach nearby before leaving which I would suggest doing.
Gorey is just a short drive down the East Coast from St Catherine’s Bay. It’s a beautiful harbour village with a sea-side-holiday feel to it. It’s home to Mont Orgueil Castle which is featured in a lot of iconic Jersey photographs and there’s lots of nice shops, cafes and restaurants so I would suggest taking in the view from the Castle and then heading down into the village by the harbour to have a walk along the promenade and take in all the colourful buildings.
For lunch, Liv and I went to The Crab Shack which was so good and it’s another restaurant that I would highly recommend! The Crab Shack is a really relaxed restaurant, so relaxed that it appears to be in a house. It has a friendly feel to it and it’s the kind of place that I really associate Island life with. We were lucky enough to sit outside in the sun with a great view.
To start I had the Crispy Battered Squid which didn’t disappoint and for my main course I had the Crab Taco because I couldn’t visit The Crab Shack and not have crab right? The taco’s were filled with avocado, tomato and chilli & red onion salad and they were delicious! Truffle Chips were also on the menu and seen as we loved them so much the night before we decided to have them again and they were just as nice as we remembered. When in Jersey.. eat Truffle everything right??
Note that The Crab Shack is in two locations – Gorey and St Brelade so you no matter where you are you should be able to visit one of them!
Jersey Airport is in the West of the Island and we were in the East so with a few hours left we drove down to St Helier, parked up and had a walk around.
Up until this point we had passed nothing but beautiful villages and beaches and I was starting to wonder where everyone lived and worked. I knew St Helier was the capital and would be filled with lots of shops etc but expected it to be small seen as everything we had seen so far was quite small. However St Helier is and was a lot bigger than I thought. As we approached it we started seeing a lot of flats and once in the city we saw a lot of office blocks.
We had a quick walk through the centre where the shops are but on a Sunday Afternoon everything is pretty much shut. We crossed over the main road and walked around the harbour and a long the pier so we could see Elizabeth Castle and take in the scenery of St Aubins Bay surrounding us.
I’m really glad we did stop off in St Helier and I would suggest it as I felt I understood the island better after visiting. I understood where people worked, shopped and lived but seen as I was visiting from London I was very happy that I spent the majority of my weekend driving around Country lanes, through little villages and taking in the ocean views with hardly anyone around!
There are a number of late afternoon/ early evening flights from Jersey on a Sunday evening so from St Helier it’s probably time to head to the airport and get another trip to Jersey planned in ASAP!
If you have another day to spend in Jersey, or even a few days (I certainly think that Jersey would be perfect for a weeks holiday, especially if you have children), then there are plenty more things to do, some of these are:
Visit the Jersey War Tunnels
Walk along the cliff path from Bouley Bay to Rozel and finish with tea at The Hungry Man Cafe.
Visit the The Botanic Gardens
See the sun rise and set in one day from the East and then West of the Island
Go on a Bike Ride
See the Jersey Lavender Fields
Take the children to Creepy Valley Adventure Centre
For more information or more ideas, have a look at Visit Jersey’s page here.
I hope that following your trip you’ll leave feeling revived, restored and ready to take on life, yet you’ll have tried a new sport, met lovely people and be filled with memories as I am.
Visit Jersey is dubbing Jersey as #theislandbreak and I can certainly see why!
To SEE a bit of my trip to Jersey then check out my video here!