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The most southerly of the nine Channel Islands and the largest with a land mass of 45 square miles, Jersey enjoys one of the best climates in the British Isles and is consistently the warmest place in the Britain.

Just 14 miles from the French coast, the island's rich history still shows through with a pleasant mixture of French and English language and customs. Jersey Patois (based on the Norman French dialect) is still spoken throughout the island among the older generation, particularly in the country parishes. 

As well as being a leading international finance centre and a top tourist resort, Jersey is famous for its Jersey Royal potatoes, flowers and of course the Jersey breed of cow, over 200 years old with its rich yellow butter and creamy milk and being celebrated in 2001 under the banner 'The Year of the Jersey'. 

Measuring nine miles by five and the land sloping down from north to south, the island is a great place to explore either

by foot, cycle or car. Jersey is one of the cheapest places in Europe for car hire. The miles of long winding country lanes and wooded valleys are a paradise for cyclists and many are designated as Green lanes with a speed restriction of 15mph.  

A major attraction of Jersey is its wide range of beaches. With fourteen main ones to choose from spanning twenty miles, from the five mile long St Ouen's Bay on the Atlantic coast to many small rocky coves, you are spoiled for choice. Water sports include surfing, windsurfing, sailing speed boating and fishing trips. Along the south coast is the magnificent bay of St Brelade and on the east coast the Royal bay of Grouville guarded by the famous Mont Orgueil castle. 

The island has many varied tourist attractions from the famous 31 acre Jersey Zoo established by the late Gerald Durrell, to the German Underground Hospital from the German Occupation. Other popular attractions are the Living Legend and Jersey Pottery.  Every August the famous Jersey Battle of Flowers is held in St Helier which dates back to 1902 as a celebration of the coronation of King Edward VII.

The Capital, St Helier offers a wide range of VAT free shops from boutiques to leading UK chain stores (local Goods and Services tax is applied). The famous Fort Regent overlooks and dominates the town. Now a vast leisure centre, allow yourself a day to make the most of its many attractions and leisure activities.  


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