Jersey has been hotly contested through the centuries. Its strategic position between France and Britain has left a long legacy of fascinating historical sites. Here you can find medieval castles such as Mont Orgueil at Gorey and the evocative Jersey War Tunnels at St Lawrence created by German occupying forces during the Second World War. Today, Jersey is a unique and intriguing destination for both exploring and relaxing. Within the beautiful and varied coastline, the island has a gentle verdant green countryside rich in all kinds of flora and fauna. Split into 12 parishes, Jersey takes on its English persona very much with villages based around the parish church and the local pub all connected by leafy lanes ideally suited to cyclists and hikers. Along the way there are some fine vistas across rich woodland. Here you can also see fields that grow both the famous Jersey Royal Potato crop and provide pasture for cute doe-eyed Jersey cattle that supply the unique and deliciously rich dairy produce famously used in the Jersey cream tea. Jersey is truly a contrasting place, despite being only 116 square kilometres in size. Its isolation as an island and the reliance on land and sea create a genuine feeling that a visit to Jersey is a trip back in time to a more idyllic, less complicated world. St Helier, the capital, has an atmosphere and surroundings that assume a confident, affluent air of fine hotels and dining. Here you can also find luxury marinas and high-end shopping, mostly inspired by its high earning residents and its well established status as an off-shore banking centre.