16 Jul 2014

TRAVEL: 5 things to do in Jersey

A couple of weeks ago I shared a little photo diary from my week in Jersey and asked if you guys would be interested in a few recommendations of places to see on the island - so here we are. We did a fair bit of sightseeing in the week so I thought I would whittle it down to five categories; history, eating (obviously), beaches, shopping & viewpoints. I've picked one thing for each category, but if you're planning a visit in the future and would like more recommendations I'd be more than happy to help!


The war tunnels were probably my favourite attraction of the week, it's difficult not to be overwhelmed by all of the history contained in the mile long underground tunnel. The tunnels were built back around the time of the Second World War and originally used as a hospital for the German troops who occupied the island.

Within the tunnels you learn all about the German occupation of Jersey, how the islanders lived during the war and even how they interacted with the German troops. It's an incredibly interesting experience and is very thought provoking. If you're interested in history this is definitely a place to visit, but be warned that it does get quite cold in the tunnels!


We ended up in Watersplash on a complete whim after spotting it on a hunt for somewhere to eat. This little restaurant is situated bang on the gorgeous beach at St Ouen's Bay and is the perfect place to enjoy great food in the sunshine. The menu has some pretty delicious options (I had the goats cheese & pesto wrap - amazing) and if you're lucky you'll be able to watch some live music on the boulevard. It's a great pit stop whilst sightseeing.


BEACHES - PLEMONT BAY
Jersey has its fair share of beautiful beaches but Plemont Bay was by far the best. It's quite a secluded little cove with gorgeous crystal clear water which is perfect for a dip. There's also a really nice cafe for a spot of lunch, they do fantastic waffles. It's a popular beach, probably because of just how gorgeous it is, however it doesn't tend to get too busy. If sunbathing isn't your kind of thing it's also a pretty popular surfing spot when the conditions are right!


SHOPPING - ST HELIER
St Helier is Jersey's main town with an abundance of restaurants and shops to choose from. The main street, King Street, has a great variety of well known high street stores, independent stores and a few gems that are unique to Jersey... like the Feel Unique shop. Yes, as in Feel Unique the beauty lover's favourite!

St Helier can get quite busy but is definitely worth a visit, even if it's quick. It's also the base for a lot of the touristy attractions and trips, if you don't have a car then buses run to a lot of the main attractions from the centre.


VIEWPOINTS - THE DEVIL'S HOLE
Another thing that Jersey boasts is some incredible views, and one of the best spots to visit for a killer view is undoubtedly The Devil's Hole. The Devil's Hole is a natural crater caused by erosion that has resulted in a massive 200ft drop that spans a staggering 100ft across. The walk down the the viewpoint has beautiful views across to the other Channel Islands and on a very clear day (like we had!) you can just about spot the French coast. At the end of the walk there's also a little pub to recover in - it's not a long walk but on a hot day it can be hard going!

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