Jersey, home to Bergerac, the best potatoes known to man and the prettiest cows to grace the planet. However, there is more to Jersey than a Triumph loving detective, spuds and beautiful cows. Jersey is udderly (sorry, not sorry) beautiful and the perfect place to escape to in spring. A short jump and skip away from the UK and you could be in this sandy paradise. The UK is notorious for its long traffic jams over the Easter weekend. Therefore, escaping to Jersey could mean that you avoid the never-ending games of “eye-spy” and the repeated question “are we there yet?” A short half-hour plane journey from Gatwick and your feet could be paddling in clear blue seas. Still not convinced? Here are my 5 reasons to visit Jersey during spring.
5 Reasons to Visit Jersey During Spring
Beautiful, Sandy Beaches
For a small island it packs a powerful punch when it comes to its beaches. With 50 miles of coastline you are guaranteed to find a beach that is empty. Spring marks Jersey waking up from its winter hibernation and the locals will hit the beach as soon as the sun is shining, yet the beaches are still very quiet. Visiting Jersey in spring means you get the milder climate but without the summer crowds (although they never get crowded like the UK beaches on the south coast). Whether you fancy hiking up cliff paths on the north coast or lazying on the golden beaches on the west coast, getting there couldn’t be easier with a regular bus service and plenty of parking.
A Range Of Restaurants To Suit Every Budget
Jersey is stuffed to the brim with amazing restaurants making the best of our fabulous local produce. Whether you are looking for a Michelin starred restaurant (you can visit 3 Michelin starred restaurants on Jersey, read my review of Bohemia), or a fish and chip restaurant, then you will be blown away by the quality of the food. There really is a restaurant for everyone’s pocket. Even better, most of the restaurants are family friendly and in Jersey no-one bats an eyelid if you rock up to a fancy restaurant with two little ones in tow. Spring means that you can enjoy al-fresco dining whilst feasting on locally caught lobster in the sunshine.
We Speak The Same Language
One of my pervading memories from going to Paris as a teenager was trying to find the local chemist with my mum. Dad had been struck down with a severe case of diarrhoea after one too many escargots. It wasn’t pretty. He still shudders now if a snail crosses his path. Anyway, with my rusty French and mum frantically trying to remember French from her O-Level days, it made for a tricky exchange with the chemist. It appears that me making the sign for sitting on a loo whilst blowing a big raspberry caused even more confusion and puzzled looks. We did get there in the end but it was slightly stressful. If you were to come to Jersey you would not need to worry about the language barrier as the predominant language on the island is English. However, you might also hear Jerriais, French and Portuguese and you will find that many of our road names are French (quaint, eh?). On the subject of road signs you will also find that there might be a lack of them on the back roads. This is left-over from the days of occupation, when the locals removed lots of the signs to make it harder for the German soldiers.
We Are Really Close To The UK
We might be another country but we are actually really close to the UK. Although, technically we are closer to France. A very short flight from the UK and you could be with us enjoying the sunshine. This makes Jersey popular for weekend breaks. We might be a short flight away but when you are here you will feel like you are a world away from the UK. Island life moves at a slower pace and this makes for the perfect getaway. It is also an island that feels very safe. People still leave their car doors unlocked and some people even leave their front doors unlocked! You can also combine a trip to Jersey with a day trip to St Malo, France as you can get there after a short half-hour ferry trip.
Jersey has a plethora of hotels with something to suit everyone. Whether it be romance, luxury or family friendly, you will find a hotel to suit any budget. Jersey hotels will often have a range of fantastic packages that offer great value for money (you can read my review of The Club hotel, Jersey) You can find hotels perched on cliff-tops with majestic views of the sea, hotels that sit on the beach or hotels right in the action in St Helier. Whatever you require you will find a hotel to suit you. Jersey also has some great self-catering options.
What are you waiting for? Get on that plane and come and say hello.