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Esplanade St-Vincent35400

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St-Malo established itself as a wealthy port from 16th-19th centuries when its explorers such as Jacques Cartier discovered Canada and government commissioned pirates plundered rich loots from passing ships.  This wealth enabled St-Malo's ship-owners to build luxurious residences known as malouinières.

St-Malo is still a major port and ferry terminal today and it is not hard to see why it is one of the most popular destinations in Brittany.    

Standing at the mouth of the river Rance, it is famed for its old walled city (intra-muros) complete with fish restaurants & creperies.  Once inside, head for the ramparts & Porte St-Vincent where there are breathtaking views of the bay of St-Malo and its islands.  At low tide (only) wander out to le Grand-Ble the isle where Chateaubriand sought solitude and inspiration and where he lies buried. 

There are some great beaches just outside the old city walls, for example La Plage de Bon Secours or the striking Grande Plage.  Boat trips up the Rance to Dinan and out to the Iles Chausey, Ile de Cezembre and Cap Fréhel are also popular. 

For those wishing to venture further afield Mont-St-Michel lies directly east of St Malo and as one of France's most celebrated sights, is well worth a visit. 

What to See - Saint-Malo Attractions

Mont-St-Michel
Grande Rue, Mont-St-Michel, 51016
the most famous Benedictine abbey in France
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep:daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 33 89 80 00

Château de Combourg, S of St-Malo
23 rue des Princes, Combourg 35270
an impressive, fortress-like château home to Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Contact Tourist Office (Number indicated) to check | Tel: 00 33 (0)2 99 73 13 93

Guided Tours of the Foret de Paimpont,S of St-Malo
Paimpont tourist office, Paimpont
uncover the legend of King Arthur in this magical forest
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Feb-Sept:Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 07 84 23

Cote d'Emeraude
Brittany's northern shore, the Emerald Coast,
discover the bays, resorts, tempting beaches, great views & walks along this fantastic coastline with its emerald waters

Sea Fishing
Corsaire, Gare Maritime de la Bourse, Port de St-Malo 35400
enjoy an afternoon's sea fishing in St-Malo
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jul-Aug only | Tel: +33 (0)2 23 18 15 15

Surf/sailing School
2 avenue de le Hoguette, 35400
learn how to surf, sail, scuba dive, body surf in St-Malo
| Admission charge | Opening Times: To call for info | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 40 07 47

Kayaking
Les Corsaires Malouins, 28 due de Toulouse, (Intra-muros) St-Malo 35400
take a kayak excursion & sample the delights of St-Malo bay
| Admission charge | Opening Times: To call for info | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 40 92 04

Theatre de St-Malo
6 Place Bouvet, BP 30, St-Malo, Cedex 35413
always a great theatre season at St-Malo
| Admission charge | Opening Times: To call for info | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 81 62 61

Musee de L'Huitre et du Coquillage at Cancale
Musee de L'Huitre et du Coquillage, La Ferme Marine, Aurore
oyster lovers will appreciate sampling some of the best oysters & mussels in France
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Sep:daily; Feb-Jun & Sep-Oct:Mon-Fri pm | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 89 69 99

Manoir Limoelou
Rue D Macdonald-Stuart, Limoelou-Rotheneuf
home to the famous seafaring explorer Jacques Cartier, who discovered Canada
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jul-Aug:daily; Sep-Jun:Mon-Sat | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 40 97 73

Guided Tours of the Foret de Paimpont,SW of Rennes
Paimpont tourist Office, Paimpont
uncover the legend of King Arthur in this magical forest
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Feb-Sept:Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 07 84 23

Sailing trips
Station Nautique, Place du Prieure 35400
hire your own boat with or without skipper for a magical day out
| Admission charge | Opening Times: To call to book | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 56 18 88

Château de Combourg, N of Rennes on N137
23 rue des Princes, Combourg 35270
an impressive, fortress-like château home to Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Contact Tourist Office (Number indicated) to check | Tel: 00 33 (0)2 99 73 13 93

Boat trips Corsaire
Gare Maritime de la Bourse, Port de St-Malo 35400
guided trips to Grandville, Dinan, Cap Frehel & les Iles Chausey
| Admission charge | Opening Times: To call for info | Tel: +33 (0)2 23 18 15 15

Aquarium Intra-Muros
Place Vauban, 35400
aquarium built into the city walls
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Oct:daily;Jan-Mar+Nov:w'ends only.Odd days Dec | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 56 94 77

Grand Aquarium St-Malo
Avenue du General Patton, 35400
Europe's premier circular aquarium
| Admission charge | Opening Times: late Jan-late Nov:daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 21 19 00

Tour Solidor, St Servan, W of St-Malo
Esplanade Commandment Yves Menguy, St-Servan 35400
once a toll house and prison during the Revolution, the Tour now houses a museum dedicated to St-Malo's seafarers and their vessels
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep:daily; Oct-mar:Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 40 71 58

Fort National
La Grande Plage, Opposite the Château de St-Malo 35400
built by the famous military architect Vauban this fort affords great views of St-Malo
| Opening Times: Easter-late Oct at low tides only | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 46 91 25

Château de St-Malo
Château de St-Malo, Porte St-Vincent 35400
covers the city's history
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep:daily; Oct-Mar:Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 40 71 57

Barrage de la Rance
Entrance to visitor's centre on west bank, Dinard 35800
a hyrdoelectric dam across the estuary of the river Rance generating approx 10% of Brittany's electricity
| Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 16 37 00

Cathedrale St-Vincent
Place J de Chatillon, 35400
with stunning stained-glass window
| Opening Times: All year round