The best towns on Jersey can be found on the southern coast of this rugged and wild Channel Island, and you’ll probably see most of them if you stay longer than a few days. Rent a car or take advantage of the convenient bus service and you’ll be able to see every corner of the island.

    Many of the best towns on Jersey started life as fishing villages, and these roots are proudly seen in the cottages lining the harbour walls – many of them converted into fantastic seafood restaurants. Dining well in Jersey is certainly one of the many highlights of this Channel Island gem.

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    St. Helier

    As bustling as it gets on Jersey

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    As the capital of Jersey, St. Helier is the hub of the island. You’ll find several museums and attractions that reflect its seafaring history here, many of them grouped around Castle Quay. Head into the town centre for the island’s finest shopping options and stop at Liberation Square for a wide variety of dining options.

    St. Helier has the biggest range of places to stay in Jersey, with 5-star hotels and quaint B&Bs to choose from. Several beaches are within easy reach, including the expansive St. Helier Beach that has beautiful views of Elizabeth Castle.

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    St. Aubin

    Enjoy fantastic dining in Jersey’s 2nd city

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    St. Aubin is a popular place to stay for couples who are looking for a seaside break with plenty of delicious seafood meals. Jersey’s second-biggest city is built around a charming harbour, with many of the old fishing cottages converted into trendy cafés and restaurants. The popular Railway Walk – a trail that follows the now-defunct Jersey railway to La Corbiere – starts at the edge of town.

    St. Aubin is found on the western side of St. Aubin’s Bay, a large stretch of sand that separates the town from St. Helier on the opposite side of the bay.  At low tide, take the walk out to St. Aubin’s Fort, but be careful of the changing tide.

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    St. Brelade

    The top spot for beach lovers on Jersey

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    St. Brelade has several stunning beaches and sandy coves to explore and enjoy, making it a popular spot during the busy summer months. St. Brelade’s Bay is especially pretty, regularly winning awards as one of the UK’s finest beaches. Other popular beaches in the area include peaceful Beauport Beach and Portelet Beach, which features a small tidal island just off the coast.

    If you’re looking for adventure, head to La Cotte de St. Brelade, an archaeological cave that contains evidence of Neanderthal dwellings. The wild landscape makes for a tricky walk so it’s not suitable for young children. Located on the south-west of the island, this region combines a nice balance of rugged nature and easy convenience.

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    Gorey

    Stroll through the quaint village and enjoy the salty air

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    Gorey is the third-largest harbour town in Jersey, with lots of fascinating historical sites to explore. The finest among them include Mont Orgueil Castle, as well as a megalithic tomb called Faldouet Dolmen. If you’re an early riser, head to the nearby Victoria Tower for fantastic sunrise views.

    More suitable for mature visitors, Gorey will please sightseers more than beachgoers, but it’s still blessed with a long stretch of beach called Anne Port a few miles north of the town.

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    Grouville

    Take in the local flavour and history

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    Grouville is a small village in Jersey that’s retained its local flavour. Located immediately to the south of Gorey on the east coast of Jersey, this area is less crowded than many other parts of the island.

    Head to La Rocque Harbour on the south-eastern tip of the island to escape the crowds and enjoy a relaxed day on the sand. There’s a stall next to the beach selling food and drinks. Take a walk along the coast and explore the string of Martello Towers that were built to protect the island from invasion during the Napoleonic Wars.

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    Paul Smith | Compulsive Traveller

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