Located just 14 miles off the north coast of France, Jersey is a convenient holiday destination for many people across Europe. Home to around 45 miles of stunning coastline and some of the continent's finest hotels and guesthouses, there's plenty of reason to visit. Thanks to the island's dramatic landscapes, favourable climate and wealth of natural beauty, Jersey is particularly popular with fans of adventure sports. From surfing to rambling, there's an outdoors sport to suit every taste.
Hang Ten in St. Ouen
Jersey's ample coastline is great for surfing all year round, with breaks suited to all abilities. One of the island's favourite surfing spots is St. Ouen's Bay on the west coast. Facing out to the Atlantic, the powerful swells are some of the best on the island, but probably more suited to intermediate and more experienced surfers.
This part of Jersey is also home to some spectacular hotels. The Atlantic Hotel is well placed for visiting St Ouen's Bay, as well as the exquisite golf course at Les Mielles. The elegant four-star hotel boasts a magnificent pool and a fabulous restaurant.
Gentler Water sports on the South Coast
Just around the corner from St Ouen's Bay is the more peaceful seaside resort of St. Brelade. The bay's more sheltered location on the south coast makes it ideal for gentler water sports such as kayaking and dinghy sailing. There's also some excellent swimming and snorkelling in summer months.
The beachfront at St. Brelades is peppered with exclusive hotels. The L'Horizon Beach Hotel and Spa offers some exquisite indoor facilities for when the weather's not up to scratch. Guests enjoy a fully-featured spa and a superb indoor swimming pool.
Walking in Jersey
You don't need to get wet to get exercised in the Channel Islands. The dramatic landscape makes Jersey an ideal destination for walking holidays. Measuring just nine miles by five, intermediate walkers will have no trouble traversing the entire island during even a relatively short stay.
While many of the best hotels in Jersey are situated in the main town of St Heliers, keen walkers might prefer a rural choice. The Oaklands Lodge Hotel is located in the centre of the island, making it an ideal base from which to explore the island on foot.