bIf you are visiting the Bailiwick of Jersey we would love to give you a few tips for a day spent in St Helier, then traveling along the South West coast of the island ending at St Brelade. This is just a first leg and should take the whole day with about 2.5 hours of walking in total one way (or rent one of the Evie electric bikes available to pick up in St Helier).
- Starting at Wild Atlantique's Flagship Store, Design Atelier & Online Hub at 3 King Street. We are located right next to Royal Square and the Jersey Government buildings. Take a nice meander along King Street, past (or into) Flannel's, Voisin's Department Store etc. We suggest a delicious breakfast or brunch at The Brasserie Colmar (breakfast, lunch or dinner is good here, or perhaps a coffee or drink outside in the cafe seating!)
- Head towards Liberation Square and go to the left past Royal Wharf Hotel (take a seat at Cafe Zephyr or next door at The Yard Cafe when you return from your day trip).
- Jersey's Heritage Museum is also just inside of the Yard Cafe. It is well worthing visiting to get a real sense of the island, we love the attached Manor home and antique furnishings.
- Rent an Evie Bike (across from Liberation Bus Station - find the Evie App in Apple's app store) or walk along the beach (or walking path) that skirts St Aubin's Bay from St Helier to St Aubin's. The aqua blue of the water will lure you and you may even see horse riders along the beach when the tide is out.
- Take a rest at the 'Nude Food on the Beach' Cafe for lunch or just get one of their fresh juices. Walk on to the charming village of St Aubin's. The Old Court House Inn is a great place to stay, eat or drink...overlooking the small fishing marina.
- If you go up the hill from here, sticking to the cliffs and walking paths, towards Portelet Bay you'll see lovely views over St Aubin's Bay back towards St Helier and even pass one of the German outposts from the Occupation.
- Portelet Bay and Beach are a walk down steps (steepish climb coming back up). It is worth the trek though as the beach is beautiful and not as busy as others, due to access. It's one of our favourite places to swim on the island (there is even one of the island's first 'underwater snorkel parks' so be sure to pack a swimsuit, snorkel and towel. There are bathrooms (and decent pizza) at the Portelet Beach Cafe.
- From here the walk is along the roadside to St Brelade (although there is a Liberation bus that goes from Portelet to St Brelade).
- In St Brelade we recommend visiting the St Brelade Church and Fisherman's Chapel (very old wall paintings shouldn't be missed) and the Church graveyard. The Bay is very pretty here and there are lots of activity in season. You can rent paddle boards, kayacs and more. The new 'Beach Cafe' is also a good place to stop at the end the day for a yummy casual dinner.
- If you have walked, then we recommend taking the bus back from here to St Helier, or making your way to the old railway path (walking or biking) that runs between La Corbiere and St Aubin's. There is always the bus back form St Aubin's and you can leave your Evie bike in the designated lot here and catch a bus or ride/walk the rest of the way back to St Helier.
We hope this first little walking/biking/bus tour is helpful. In our opinion it is the perfect 1st day outing if you are only here for a short time.