What to do in Jersey? 10 things to add to your Jersey break

06/01/14

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10 things to add to your Jersey weekend
Planning a Jersey escape this year? Don't miss out on a few of the island's unique experiences to add some local colour to your stay. From the hidden beaches that are a hit with the locals to scenic bike routes and gourmet hotspots, here are a few activity ideas to include in your Jersey itinerary.

#1 Hire bikes and cycle along the coast
A network of cycle tracks and 15mph 'green lanes' make Jersey an ideal island to explore on two wheels. A popular route runs from St Helier to Corbiere, along the seafront to St Aubins and then follows a tree-lined cycle track to Corbiere lighthouse (7.5 miles / 12km). The cafés at St Aubin's village make a great stopping point. Try Jersey Bike Hire who can organise to have your bikes waiting at your hotel for you. Download a Jersey Cycle map here.

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A seafood starter at Mark Jordan at the Beach

#2 A seafood lunch with a sea view
As an island, fish and seafood is something Jersey does exceptionally well. Don't miss the chance to sample local lobster, crab and oysters at a table overlooking the sea somewhere in Jersey. We recommend Mark Jordan at the Beach at Beaumont with its stunning views over St Aubin's Bay. Tel 01534 780180.

#3 A picture postcard shot of Corbière
Along with the famous Jersey cow, the lighthouse at Corbière has to be one of the most iconic images of the island. Create your own postcard-worthy shot and then take a stroll along St Ouen's bay with its miles of sand and Atlantic surf. For other ideas of photogenic beach walks in Jersey, click here.

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The pier at the harbour village of Rozel

#4 A coastal walk and a beach café
Jersey's full of great beach cafés, but if you're exploring the island's east coast, head for the quaint harbour village of Rozel where the quirky Hungry Man café serves their infamous 'Double Decker Health-Wrecker' burger at harbourside tables on the pier. It's a Jersey institution. The Hungry Man, Rozel. Open every day.

#5 A walk on the wild side at Durrell
Animal lovers have a chance to see many rare and endangered species like gorillas, lemurs and orang-utans up close at Durrell Wildlife Park, the conservation centre set up by naturalist Gerald Durrell which spans 32 acres of landscaped parkland. Durrell Wildlife Park, open every day, £14 adults, children £10, under 4's free.

#6 A taste of Jersey's history
From the medieval Mont Orgueil to Walter Raleigh's Elizabeth Castle, and neolithic burial sites to the history of the occupation at Jersey's War Tunnels, explore some of the island's heritage sites to experience Jersey's history firsthand. Like the sound of this? Get a taster of what's on offer with this video guide from Jersey Heritage. Discover more about Jersey's War Tunnels here.

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Plemont Bay

#7 Find your own favourite bay
Go off the beaten track to discover some of the hidden-away beaches that are a hit with the locals.  From scenic Plemont with its beach cafe to beautiful Beauport, pebbly Archirondel and tucked-away Portelet and Green Island, these peaceful island coves are just waiting to be discovered. Take a look at Jersey Tourism's beach guide and find your favourite.

#8 Treat yourself to Michelin-starred cuisine
With four restaurants with a Michelin star in Jersey, save space for a gourmet experience when you're visiting the island. Bohemia, Ocean, Ormer and Tassili have all been awarded a Michelin star for their innovative cuisine - which one will be your favourite? Get a taste of Jersey's gourmet dining scene here.

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The Terrace at Grand Jersey

#9 Enjoy drinks before dinner
Get your holiday weekend started with a drink or cocktail on one of Jersey's terraces while you watch the sun go down. Look out for superb cocktails, locally-made artisan vodka and gin or even a glass of the award-winning island-brewed Liberation Ale. Pictured is the seafront terrace at Grand Jersey, discover more of Jersey's top terraces here...

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Catching a wave at St Ouen's Bay

#10 Find your perfect watersport
Are you a paddleboarder or a kite boarder? A surfer or a jetskiier? Find out once and for all with a taster watersports session at one of Jersey's beaches. You'll find details of all the watersports available in Jersey here

Like the sound of this? Explore our select range of Luxury Jersey Hotels and start booking your Jersey visit. Images courtesy of Jersey Tourism, Matt Porteous Photography and Danny Evans Photography. Video produced for Jersey Heritage. 

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