The largest of the Channel Islands is Jersey, situated in the English Channel, just northwest of France. One notable difference about Jersey is that it is actually a self-governing crown dependency and is not actually administered by the United Kingdom. Jersey is one of the last remains of the Dukedom of Normandy. The island has served as the backdrop for a television series as well as films. Visitors will discover there are many interesting sights to see and enjoy on the island as well as many dining, eating and nightlife venues situated throughout the island of Jersey.
Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and, despite its location, is not officially part of either the UK or the larger European Union although it is generally treated as though it is part of the British Isles. The island covers around forty six square miles and is close to Normandy in France. The climate on Jersey is generally warm and sunny, which makes it a favourite destination for holidaymakers.
The capital of Jersey is St Helier and this town is home to many of the island's hotels and guest houses. It is also the main shopping centre for Jersey with a myriad of small local shops as well as the better known chain stores. The Fort Regent leisure centre hosts a variety of concerts and other events throughout the year and also provides a wide variety of other leisure activities.
Jersey is justifiably famous for its many beautiful beaches. These vary from small, isolated coves through to long sandy beaches such as the one at St Brelade's Bay, which also offers canoe hire and other things to keep you occupied when you've had enough sun bathing. St Ouen's Bay is more active and regularly hosts international surfing competitions and championships.
During the summer, you can visit Elizabeth castle, which dates back to the sixteenth century and was used to defend St Helier. The castle is reached by causeway at low tide or there is a wading vehicle at other times. In the main summer season, you can witness displays of musket and cannon firing as well as experience demonstrations of what life was like in the castle in the late 1700's.