At just 45 square miles, Jersey is the largest land mass in the Channel Islands archipelago which may be found approximately 100 miles south of England and just 14 miles off the Normandy coastline of France. The close proximity of France and its influence in the Island over the centuries is quite evident in everyday life. Travelling to and from the Island is easy with daily maritime links to both England and France whilst air services extend further to include various destinations in Europe.
Although Jersey is part of the British Isles, the Island has its own government – The States of Jersey – which is presided over by the Bailiff of Jersey who is also head of the judicial system. The Lieutenant Governor of Jersey, however, is Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in the Island.
Jersey is famed for beautiful country and coastal scenery, clean beaches, historic buildings and a long and interesting heritage. There are also plenty of restaurants with excellent menus to enjoy and many of the Island’s sporting facilities have been chosen as training camps for the 2012 Olympics. The geographical location of Jersey generally ensures a more favourable climate than that of the United Kingdom.
Jersey, being an Island, has always had a great affinity with the sea and harbours have been – and still are - important gateways for its economy and fundamental life for countless centuries. The picturesque harbour of St Aubin appears on Jersey Post’s 2009 SEPAC stamp. St Aubin is situated at the western end of the long, sandy curve of St Aubin’s Bay in the south of the Island. St Aubin was Jersey’s main commercial port until St Helier harbour became the Island’s premier docking facility in the early 19th century. Until this time, St Aubin had been a bustling port with various merchant’s premises along the Bulwarks and shipyards catering to their marine needs. Today, St Aubin is still a busy village with an art gallery, shops, marine chandlers, restaurants, hotels and bars overlooking the harbour which is now filled with yachts and motor boats instead of the merchant ships of yesteryear.
Welcome to Jersey, a beautiful and popular location for visitors and locals alike.