Jersey, sophisticated isle in the English Channel29.04.2016
Jersey disproves the main stereotype about English holiday destinations – you’ll only rarely encounter inclement weather here. This Channel Island is the sunniest of all Britain’s islands, enticing visitors with a mild climate throughout the year, which is afforded by its proximity to the Gulf Stream. There is an almost Mediterranean ambiance here, which surely also has something to do with the island’s closeness to France. In fact, Jersey is much closer to France than it is to England.
Jersey is an island of flowers, with the mild climate and many hours of sunshine ensuring the isle is a fabulously varied tapestry of colour from the spring to late autumn. This, in combination with rugged coastal cliffs, numerous bays, and expansive sandy beaches, makes the island the perfect destination for nature lovers. The best way to explore the island’s natural beauty is on the Green Lanes, a 72-kilometre-long network of narrow roads and paths on which a 15 mph (24 km/h) speed limit applies and on which pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders have priority. If you take the Green Lanes, not only will you get an impression of Jersey’s spectacular countryside, you will also learn a lot about the agriculture, architecture, history, and customs of the island.
First some nature, then some culture
Visitors who not only wish to enjoy the scenic beauty but also want to experience some culture are advised to take a little detour to Jersey’s capital, St Helier. The coastal town is the vibrant hub of the island, offering an interesting harbour, a beautiful old centre, and two excellent museums – the Jersey Museum and the Jersey Occupation and Maritime Museum. Elizabeth Castle, directly in front of St Helier in St Aubin’s Bay, is well worth a visit too. A little kitschy, perhaps, but highly recommended in particular for sunsets is La Corbière Lighthouse on the southwestern tip of Jersey. The oldest stone lighthouse in the world, built on a craggy rock in the turquoise sea, is the best place to observe the fascinating flooding and ebbing of the tide.
Jersey Airport is located in the parish of Saint Peter, in the west of the island. It is situated around eight kilometres from St Helier and can be reached by public transport (bus), car and bicycle. The bus stop and taxi rank are located directly in front of the airport’s arrivals building. The airline airberlin began providing a non-stop connection from Berlin Tegel to Jersey on 30 April. The new flights can be booked on www.airberlin.com.