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Saint Malo is a small port city in the Brittany region in northwest France on the English Channel. It is also sits in the Ille-et-Vilaine department. Once the feared base of pirates, today it is one of the top tourist draws in Brittany. The star of the show is the atmospheric walled city, largely destroyed in WWII but has since been reconstructed. The harbour today connects the walled city to the mainland.
Saint Malo traces its origins to a monastic settlement founded by Saint Aaron and Saint Brendan early in the 6th century. It became notorious as the home of the corsairs, French privateers and pirates. The corsairs of Saint Malo not only forced English ships passing up the Channel to pay tribute, but also brought wealth from further afield. In 1758 the Raid on St Malo saw a British expedition land intending to capture the town however they instead occupied the nearby town of St Servan where they destroyed 30 privateers. Today Saint Malo is consideredto be the most attractive channel port in France and its cobbled streets are brimming with hotels, restaurants, bars and shops.
A two-day trip
Two days is just about enough time to get to know the town of Saint Malo and what it has to offer. Premiere Classe Hotel – Saint Malo – Saint Jouan des Guerets is just a short walk from the intramuros (a walled city perched on a granite island) – the town’s star attraction with its atmospheric narrow streets, bustling bars, restaurants and shops. Spend day one strolling around and taking all its beauty in, while stopping off at the Chateau de Saint Malo which acts as a town hall and a museum. Make sure you check out Cathedrale Saint Vincent and Porte Saint Vincent as well. For your second day why not head to Porte de Dinan where you can take a boat trip up the river to Dinan and west along the coast to Cap Frehel. If that’s not enough then there is also the world’s first tidal power station nearby that attracts 200,000 visitors a year.
A one-week break
A whole gives you the perfect amount of time to get the most out of your visit to Saint Malo as well as giving you time to venture out to the surrounding region of Brittany. Outside the walled town lies several sandy beaches that provide great views of Saint Malo. The region of Brittany has plenty of other places to visit from Rennes to the island of Ushant. A real highlight and worth the trip is the city of Nantes, the historical capital of the region. With a vast array of churches, castles and museums, as well as places of historical note, such as the former shipyard the Isle of Nantes, you wont regret your decision !
A family holiday
Saint Malo is a fantastic place to take the whole family ! Whether it is visiting the Great Aquarium Saint Malo, the natural park of Pointe de la Varde or Labyrinthe du Corsaire (a pirate theme park) there will be something for everyone !
Saint Malo is served by the Dinard – Pleurtuit – Saint-Malo Airport with flights to England and Guernsey. Saint Malo’s train station is located over a kilometre south of the intramuros area, but it's an easy 20-min walk straight down Avenue Louis Martin. There are a few direct TGV services daily to and from Paris which take about three hours. However there is also a train, connecting in Rennes, from where there are hourly commuter services to Saint Malo. There are also trains to several other regional destinations. Saint Malo is also a terminal for ferry services from Poole, Weymouth and the Channel Islands on Condor Ferries and Portsmouth on Brittany Ferries. If you are driving the town is connected southbound to Rennes by the D137. The town has a good bus system, with the main terminals located at the train station and just outside and at St Vincent.
The food of the region is characterised by its simplicity and the quality of products used. Due to its extensive coastline and number of fishing ports, such as Saint Malo, seafood is on most restaurant menus. The Breton seafood platter is a favourite, comprising crabs, oysters, clams, whelks, shrimps and prawns, served on a bed of seaweed. The Breton Seafood Platter Charter guarantees the freshness and variety of the platters. Other typical Breton specialties include ‘crepes’ and ‘galettes’ (buckwheat pancakes), as well as the ‘Breton Far’ (a flan based on eggs and milk).
Saint Malo has various events throughout the year but the real highlight has to be the Quas des Bulles Festival at the end of October, which sees 400 of the region’s best comic strip artists get together. Also in October is Pub Rock Legends in which venues pay tribute to rock music with excellent food and drink. December see the arrival of the Christmas Market which features a wide range of French gift ideas and fresh produce to help improve your Christmas dinner !