St Martin benefits from having both large and small, beaches – sandy and shingly, stunning coastal walks and woodland rambles, a labyrinth of Green Lanes to delight cyclists and walkers alike. Furthermore there are many pubs, restaurants and the village life is the envy of many Islanders.
The Village of St Martin
The Village lies in the centre of the Parish and is home to a Public Hall and Parish Church. For the ultimate in “tweeness” you can enjoy traditional afternoon tea at the Village Tea Room at the Village Green. Alternatively, a pint and a pie at the friendly Royal, St Martin is always an option.
Beneath the dominating Mont Orgueil Castle, is the Parishes unofficial “capital”. Along it’s pier head you will find numerous restaurants offering everything from pub-grub to fine dining. The Parish maybe lacking a bit of nightlife, the nightclubs and discos of yesteryear are no more, but the Dolphin Pub at Gorey still features live entertainment on a regular basis.
St Catherine’s Breakwater
This is a popular spot with anglers, canoeists and dinghy sailors. Take the 650 metre walk to the end and you may be rewarded with a spot of dolphin watching. You’ll certainly get a great view of the French coast, which is only 16 miles away.
The bay is actually shared with the neighbouring Parish of Trinity. They boast the Pier and the Hungry Man, but the Rozel Bay Inn is the right side of the border and metres from the beach. A looping walk from Rozel Bay up and across to La Saie Harbour , via the prehistoric Dolmen du Couperon and back down via the beautiful La Vallée de Rozel is not to be missed.
A daily commute in to St Helier may be 5 miles and might take around 30 minutes but there are 3,700 very content St Martinais who wouldn’t live anywhere else!