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The beautiful UK island dubbed the ‘new Cornwall’ but without the tourists

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The idyllic UK island of Jersey has recently earned the nickname “new Cornwall”, promising a tranquil escape without the throngs of people that overwhelm the British tourist hotspot.

Just a short half-hour flight from London, Jersey offers crystal-clear waters and unblemished coastlines, making it an ideal retreat for those seeking respite from urban chaos.

With its expansive sandy beaches and meandering country lanes, the largest of the Channel Islands surprises visitors with its diverse landscapes across its modest 45 square miles.

Exploring Jersey reveals quaint towns nestled along its coastline, each boasting its unique charm.

St. Brelade’s, the island’s busiest beach resort, welcomes visitors with a south-facing coastline and a refreshing onshore breeze – a perfect setting for sunbathing and indulging in seaside treats.

Venturing further north, towering cliffs shelter secluded bays, while Bonne Nuit harbour offers a picturesque stopover for sampling fresh seafood amidst bobbing boats.

For the adventurous, St. Ouen’s Bay beckons as the premier surfing spot in the Channel Islands, with ideal conditions and numerous surf schools.

La Mare Wine Estate and Distillery in northwest Jersey also offers a delightful excursion for wine enthusiasts, with guided tours and tastings of Jersey Wines.

History buffs will appreciate Jersey’s rich heritage, exemplified by Mont Orgueil Castle and Elizabeth Castle, both steeped in centuries of history and offering panoramic views of the island.

But perhaps the most poignant chapter of Jersey’s history lies in its wartime resilience, commemorated at the Channel Islands Military Museum and the Jersey War Tunnels.

For a lighter-hearted adventure, Durrell Wildlife Park provides a sanctuary for a diverse array of primates, including the adorable baby gorilla.

Flights to Jersey from Gatwick Airport start at around £70 for a return. There are also ferry options from Poole or Portsmouth costing approximately £270 and £170 respectively for a couple and car.

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