Saint-Malo

Waves, winds and tides have sculpted the contours of this legendary pirate city. In Saint-Malo, everything is turned outward toward horizons that tell stories of adventures, conquests, and illustrious characters, like those of Robert Surcouf, Jacques Cartier or Chateaubriand.

The façades and towers emerging from the fortifications give this city its unique silhouette and the rampart walk offers stunning views, while the beaches of Saint-Malo offer a playground so vast that it feels limitless… Here, the movement of the tides is a fascinating spectacle that one never tires of watching.

Crédit : © Alexandre Lamoureux
Crédit : © Alexandre Lamoureux

GUIDED TOUR OF FORTIFICATION WALLS

Surrounded by 2 km of ramparts, the city of Saint-Malo can be described as a fortified cocoon. What the locals call a “tour of the walls” is a must-visit walking tour of the ramparts where you can enjoy views of both the city and the open sea! Simultaneously medieval, maritime, and truly authentic, this stroll offers a dose of pure, pristine nature. Make sure to stop and contemplate the magnificent stone facades that have braved the tribulations of war and the passage of time, which have long since replaced the wooden façades used in the 18th century.

Crédit : ©eBerthier
Crédit : ©eBerthier

ROELLINGER’S SPICES

Spices from Les épices Roellinger offer a palette of flavours and a unique savoir-faire that embody the exotic climes we all love to rediscover. 10-12 Rue Saint-Vincent, 35400 Saint-Malo – +33 (0)2 23 15 13 91
Crédit : © Malouinière de la Ville Bague
Crédit : © Malouinière de la Ville Bague

MALOUINIERE OF LA VILLE-BAGUE

This shipbuilder’s home, built in 1710 by Garangeau, Vauban’s architect, for the Eon de la Villebague family. Come discover this stunning residence, its chapel, its dove house, its pools and its magnificent park, and explore the history of these Messieurs of Saint-Malo! La Ville-Bague, 35350 Saint-Coulomb – +33 (0)6 99 40 18 79
Saint-Malo © Franck Tomps / LVAN
Saint-Malo © Franck Tomps / LVAN

SAINT-MALO <> DINARD

Full speed ahead! There is nothing like the bus de mer (or, “sea bus”) between Saint-Malo and Dinard to discover the most magnificent view of the fortified city, the sumptuous villas of Dinard, and the mouth of the Rance River. Compagnie Corsaire, Gare Maritime, Porte de Dinan, 35400 Saint-Malo – +33 0 825 13 81 00 (in France)

FYI

Where to eat

  • BREIZH CAFE, 6 Rue de l’Orme, 35400 Saint-Malo – +33 (0)2 99 56 96 08
  • BISTROT AUTOUR DU BEURRE, 7 rue de l’Orme, St Malo Intra-Muros – +33 (0)2 23 18 25 81
  • LE SAINT-PLACIDE (1 étoile), 6 Place du Poncel, 35400 Saint-Malo – +33 (0)2 99 81 70 73
  • L’ATELIER DE LA CREPE, 25 Quai Duguay-Trouin, 35400 Saint-Malo – +33 (0)2 23 17 41 07

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Where to sleep

  • LA MAISON DES ARMATEURS, 6 Grand Rue, 35400 Saint-Malo – +33 (0)2 99 40 87 70
  • LE GRAND BE, 1 Place des Frères Lamennais, 35400 Saint-Malo – +33 (0)2 23 18 99 90
  • HOTEL OCEANIA SAINT-MALO, 2 Rue Joseph Loth Chaussée du Sillon 35400 Saint-Malo – +33 (0)2 99 56 84 84

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