Fly To Jersey, UK
Not quite English, not quite French and very much unique, Jersey is a great add-on destination for trips to both England and France. Technically made up of land broken off from the French shore of the Channel, Jersey functions independently but you’ll find Pounds in your hands and street names that are French.
Everyday life on the island has a distinctly laid-back feel to it and so will a holiday here. Don’t be surprised when schedules are adapted to accommodate the tide or the fog but don’t let this cancel your plans for the outdoors as you’ll be amazed at the calm, coastal beauty you encounter. Jersey is the perfect destination if you like a mild level of adventure, interspersed with mouth-watering seafood and stylish cafes and shops. You’ll find these in the capital, St Helier, while the more deserted areas bring with them unspoiled beaches and awe-inspiring cliffs.
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Why visit Jersey
- Jersey has beautiful long sandy beaches, rocky headlands and popular bays like St Brélade’s Bay which make for the most picturesque days spent out exploring.
- Take a road trip along the east coast where you can check out Gorey which is one of the larger towns and a great place to grab a bite to eat whilst visiting museums and outdoor attractions.
- Jersey has spectacular historic architecture with sites like the Jersey War Tunnels that are a must see if you want to experience the tunnels which were built by prisoners of war during WWII.
The best time to visit Jersey would be in May, September and October. These months are pleasantly quiet with warm sunny weather and beautiful landscapes due to the spring season which kicks in during May.
The most common languages that are spoken in Jersey are English and French.
- The island of Jersey would fit 189 times into the area of New Jersey.
- Jersey is a Crown Dependency officially ruled by the Duke of Normandy, a title currently held by the Queen, or ‘The Duke of Normandy, our Queen’ as the islanders call her.
- The Jersey Giant Cabbage grows up to 10ft tall.
You can’t go to Jersey and not visit its beaches. St Brelade’s Bay Beach is a good place to start where you can easily spend the whole day soaking up the great weather, or cool off on the benches along the flower-lined walkway. Learn about the island’s German occupation history with a visit to the Jersey War Tunnels, dug into the St Peter’s Valley hillside. The tunnels were built as barracks and ammunition storage for the occupying forces. Another prominent part of its history, the Mont Orgueil Castle was built to protect Jersey against French invasion and you can explore the intricate network of rooms and passages within this medieval masterpiece. One of the best ways to explore the coastline of Jersey is on foot and you can easily do so thanks to the myriad of trails on the island. Traverse the cliffs, skip along the sandy shores or explore the more urban green lanes. You can either pick a self-guided walk or let a guide show you the ins and outs of the island’s natural beauty.
Due to the fact that Jersey is filled with plenty of beaches, seafood has always been a component of the traditional dishes. In Jersey you are able to indulge in the freshest seafood from mussels, oysters, lobster and crabs. Dishes to try out include Bean crock which can best be described as a sort of Norman cassoulet. It is a slow-cooked pork and bean stew which contains pig trotters, water, onions and spices.
The best restaurants in Jersey:
- Mark Jordan at the Beach
- Salty Dog Bar & Bistro
- Quayside Bistro & Grill
- Seven Angels
Jersey’s culture has been shaped by its indigenous Norman language and traditions as well as French and British cultural influences. Religion in Jersey is so diverse with an intriguing history if you consider its size. Majority of the locals affiliate themselves with the Christian faith, where Methodism is traditionally strong in the countryside and a large amount of Roman Catholics falling part of the minority.
This is a fairly safe city to visit although there are a few areas to avoid. As a precaution it is advised that all visitors remain vigilant at all times no matter which area they are in, being a visitor in a new place makes you an easy target.
South Africans need a UK Visa to visit Jersey, United Kingdom. Although it’s governed independently, Visa requirements are the same as when visiting the UK. It usually takes between 5 and 10 working days to issue a Visa. During Christmas and the British summer it might, however, take longer so rather be safe and apply 1-2 months in advance.
Address: The South African High Commission for the UK is in London at Trafalgar Square at South Africa House.
Telephone: +44 20 7451 7299
Fax:(+44) 20 7839 5670
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R 90.00||R 100.00||R 344.36|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22.00||R 20.00||R 64.57|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19.00||R 20.00||R 33.57|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10.00||R 12.00||R 53.49|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35.00||R 35.00||R 133.44|
Jersey Airport – JER
Food and beverages:In the departure terminal you’ll find Island Coffee Shop for coffee, drinks, snacks and sandwiches, Island Market for sit-down meals and The Bar for drinks. In the arrivals terminal is Aviator Café with light refreshments and snacks as well as a selection of vending machines.
Currency Exchange:You’ll find the information desk and post office in the departure terminal and they will exchange your money for you.
Lost luggage:Go to the Boarding Card Desk in the Departure Terminal right in front of the security search area if you have lost your luggage.
Car hire:Car rental companies available at the airport are Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Budget Dollar, National Sixt and Thrifty Eurocar.
Airport hub:Jersey Airport (code JER) is a hub for British Airways and Flybe.
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