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St Helier, Isle of Jersey

St Helier rests just 14 miles from the coast of France, but make no mistake- this is a haven for British ex-patriots who have foregone the rain for a dose of sunshine. At just 45 miles square, it's easy to write off the Channel Island of Jersey and its capital city as a curio, but the varied and unspoilt qualities of the landscape means there's a mind-boggling amount to explore.

Along with a fascinating history, St Helier is just minutes away from some fine beaches – no mean feat for a member of the British Isles. From the golden sands of St. Brelade's bay, to the massive rocks near the Corbiere lighthouse, it's a beachcomber paradise that shouldn't be sniffed at. The inner city itself is an intriguing mix of British and French influences, but don't think this is just England transported to a smaller island- St Helier has its own distinctive character that will have you baffled as to how it's just across the English Channel.

Sightseeing in St Helier

Les Ecrehous

Declared a Wetland of International Importance in 2005, Les Ecrehous has come to be a rare haven for sea life in the English Channel. The warmth of the waters and the shelter of the rocky outcrops means that seabirds and seals gather in huge groups within the reef, thrilling visitors, especially during the summer months. The site itself consists of two reefs conjoined by a curved section of shoal – at low tide you can even stroll around the islets and get an incredible look at this striking collection of colourful coral, the nesting grounds of seals, and incandescent rock pools.

Jersey War Tunnels

The tunnels of this award-winning museum were once used as a German Field Hospital during the Second World War, a stark reminder of the island's occupation during the global conflict, but also a fascinating, not to mention beautifully well-preserved part of history. Along with a lion's share of military memorabilia, the museum is home to outstanding audio-visual exhibits featuring interviews with islanders who lived through the occupation and an interactive tour of the catacombs.

Elizabeth Castle

Looking out from the waterfront of St Aubin's Bay, the Elizabeth Castle seems to appear as if from nowhere in the foreground. Built on a rocky islet just off the coast, Elizabeth Castle has defended Jersey for hundreds of years, and is today the island's most revered tourist attraction. Crested with battlements, dotted with cannons, and filled with activities for all the family, Elizabeth Castle is a must-visit attraction of St Helier.

Shopping in St Helier

Central St Helier is a shopper's dream, with every narrow avenue of this charming town seemingly filled to the brim with curios, fine clothes, and all the brands you know and love.

Eating out in St Helier

A tiny storefront in St Helier is home to Bistro Rosa. Beloved by the locals for its seafood and vegetable specials, this small bistro is bit on charm, and has the culinary quality to back up its atmosphere.

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