The best things in life are free, or so they say. Put to the test with 25 things to do in Jersey that are free: from dramatic views to unforgettable experiences, all of which make for priceless memories.
1. On an island you only have to come to the coast to enjoy the most beautiful sea views. A hike on the beautiful coastal hiking trails is free. Follow the winding paths high above the cliff with dramatic views to capture on camera. You have the best views on the route from Bouley Bay to Bonne Nuit.
2. The perfect way to end a day in Jersey: watch the sun set over the ocean at St. Ouen’s Bay . One of the locals’ favorite places is to sit on the sun-warmed Atlantic Wall near La Saline.
3. Experience another, hidden side of the island and visit the medieval Fishermen’s Chapel in St. Brelade’s Bay . Legend has it that the chapel was moved to its current location by fairies.
4. Take part in the free events and parades during Jersey Liberation Day, the celebrations that take place every 9th May to commemorate the liberation of the island from German occupation during World War II.
5. Get a glimpse of the island’s agricultural heritage with a picnic in the apple orchards of The Elms, the headquarters of Jersey’s National Trust (open to visitors during office hours).
6. Are you in the island’s capital? Then stroll through the pedestrian zone of St. Helier, stroll through the shops and be sure to visit the Victorian covered market.
7. Would you like to experience St. Helier and the bay from a different perspective? Then climb the mountain to Fort Regent, which incidentally was a fortress here in the 19th century, and you can see the city from a bird’s eye view.
8. Go to the sea and start the morning with a walk on the beach. Keep an eye out for small treasures like seashells, sea glass (colored pieces of glass cut by the sea), driftwood and other floating debris washed up by the giant tides.
9. Or explore the small tide pools at low tide, where sea anemones, small crabs and molluscs and sometimes even a small plaice or sole await the next high tide.
10. Jersey’s true and colorful beauty is particularly evident when the seasons change. It is wonderful to walk around the reservoir in the Queen’s Valley in spring.
12. In the interior of the island, shady forest paths meander through the autumn-colored deciduous forests of St. Catherine’s Woods and with a bit of luck you will see the rare red squirrels of Jersey.
13. The German occupation and its extent are evident at Noirmont Point by the German command bunkers, artillery and battle towers.
14. How about a journey through time? Visit one of the Neolithic dolmens – many of them are freely accessible.
15. Pay a visit to St. Matthew’s Church at Coronation Park. The church is famous for its glass work by René Lalique. The only remaining commissioned work by the artist.
16. Would you like to experience something really impressive? Then drive to the 14th-century ruin of Grosnez Castle, which stands high above the cliffs on the north-western tip of the island. A unique place to enjoy the sunset – free of charge too.
17. Would you like to be active? Jersey is a dream for real water rats – whether just for swimming in one of the sheltered bays or for surfing and surfing on the west coast.
18. A leisurely bike tour is quieter and more relaxed – through the interior of the island on the picturesque and traffic-calmed Green Lanes.
19. How about watching a sand race on Millbrook Beach or a hill climb on the winding streets around Bouley Bay.
20. Jerseys Naturschönheit wartet darauf entdeckt zu werden. Nehmen Sie sich die Zeit, durch die öffentlichen Parks und Gärten der Insel zu spazieren und besuchen Sie unbedingt den Rosengarten im Howard Davis Park.
21. Sie lieben die Blütenpracht? Dann sollten Sie im Mai an der Westküste durch die violetten Orchideenfelder in Le Noir Pré in der St. Ouen’s Bay spazieren. Hier wachsen die seltenen wilden Jersey-Orchideen.
22. Sie sind an der St. Ouen’s Bay unterwegs? Hier sollten Sie sich unbedingt Zeit nehmen, um die heimische Tier- und Pflanzenwelt vom Wetland Centre des National Trust for Jersey in Ruhe zu beobachten.
23. Wenn Sie ein Frühaufsteher sind, dann empfehlen wir Ihnen die Fliquet Bay an der Nordostspitze, um den Sonnenaufgang zu beobachten.
24. The early bird catches the worm, it is said. So off to a dawn walk through the wooded area in Val de la Mare to hear the island slowly wake up.
25. Do you like to start the day a little more active to wake up? Then lace up your running shoes for a morning jog on St. Aubin’s Bay boardwalk. While running, it is wonderful to watch how the colors in the bay change as the sun rises higher.