An autumn break to Jersey proved perfect for walking, shopping and eating!
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Why visit Jersey in autumn?
Jersey claims to be the sunniest place in the UK and it certainly lived up to this promise when we took a three day break in October. Another reason to choose this time of the year is the island's tennerfest scheme (www.tennerfest.com) in which participating restaurants offer bargain-price menus. We took advantage of this and enjoyed a delicious three course dinner at the Green Olive restaurant in St Helier. Last, but not least, Jersey boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
How to get there
We travelled by Condor ferries from Poole to St Helier which meant we were able to take our car to explore the island at our own pace. Catching the early morning sailing going out and the afternoon one for the return journey gave us extra time to spend on the island. We treated ourselves to the added luxury of comfy seats in Club class with waitress service.
Where to stay
We stayed at the Hotel de France which is a ten-minute walk from the town centre of St Helier. Our executive twin room, overlooking the hotel's garden and terrace, was spacious with a separate dressing room and a large en suite bathroom. Fresh flowers in our room and free wifi were much appreciated.
Where to go
On a preliminary drive round the island (taking care to stay within the 40mph speed limit!) we stopped at the pretty little harbour of Rozel on the east coast. From there it was only a short distance across the island – Jersey is a mere nine miles by five – to the vast bay of St Ouen over on the Atlantic coast, the perfect place for a bracing walk.
Sights to see
A long weekend wasn't enough to take in the island's many attractions but among the highlights for us were a day spent at magnificent St Brelade's Bay from where we walked along the coast path to Beauport before returning for lunch at one of the sea-front restaurants along the esplanade. On the way back to St Helier we stopped for tea at St Aubyn where we also indulged in a little retail therapy at a vintage clothes shop and Lovejoy's antique emporium. Thank goodness we had brought the car so we had no worries about finding room in our suitcases for a must-have pair of shoes and a wire log trolley!
No visit to the island would be complete without calling in at the Durrell Wildlife Park where we were particularly enchanted by a family of gorillas and the orang utans. After that we headed to the dramatic coastline of Plemont Bay, stopping for lunch at the cafe which offers amazing views as well as excellent food. As the waves crashed below we lunched on crab cakes and a home-made falafel wrap before setting off over the cliffs to view the picturesque remains of Grosnez Castle.
On our last morning, we strolled around St Helier, stopping for coffee at one of its many cafes, and promised ourselves that we would definitely return to discover more of this friendly, beautiful island.