Taste Kersac cider!
Kersac cider produced by the Guillet Family uses the finest Breton's finest apples. The apples are harvested and left ripen in September for 3 weeks, then stored in low temperature (8-10 degrees). Its a dry taste. Some may find not sweet enough and some love it. Try!!
The Intra-Muros (meaning within the walls) has a walled medieval nucleus with narrow cobblestone streets. The streets are fascinating to explore and have street names that translate as Dancing Cat and Fat Calf. Many of the building house hotels, eateries and some amazing art stores.
The buildings look as though they have been there since the 14th century, however much of the city of damaged from World War II and has been rebuilt.
Take a stroll in the park "Labriantais"
After wandering through the inner city, I was longing for something quiet and peaceful. I found what I was looking for in the Labriantais park. This park of 27 hectares is absolutely beautiful and allows for splendid views of the surroundings of Saint-Malo like the estuary of the Rance river, the Solidor tower or Dinard. You will be able to see many different trees, flowers or mushrooms. Apparently, you could also come across some squirrels, rabbits or foxes but I guess they make themselves very discreet because I didn't encounter any of them. The park belongs to Saint-Malo since 1998. There is also a castle right at the entrance of the park, on the left but I did not visit it. See my travelogue "Labriantais Park" for more photos.
The Walled Town
"Near the East End of the North Brittany Coast"
The old walled town of St.-Malo has been lovingly restored by its residences to lookmlike the opulent stone residences of yore inside a strong fortress. Of course the invincibility with Germans in control made it a prime target in WWII, but you cannot tell this except when you visit the ex-cathedral. It flourishes today having amalgated with its beach rich suburbs Parame and St. Servan (total pop.47K). I-season the traffic and tourist load is aplenty, making it the most visited town in Brittany. We have visited on two occasions, each time for a half-day, once in and once out of season (August and May). The contrast is extreme.
"What to do"
Some people use St.-Malo as a base from which to visit Mont St.-Michel, but we only recommend that if you are spending a beach week and need a little diversion. (We have aged past beach diversions). The crowds walking and parking indicate that short visits are in the majority. The Ramparts and the castle-museums are the main attractions. The views from the Tower are exciting. The ex-cathedral contains much for people interested in that stuff (like us), both continuous renovations over the centuries and the post-war restorations. The town is full of places to eat (we did not, either time) and shop. The courtyard of the castle in August was set up for evening entertainment of some sort.
"Why two Visits in One Year?"
We were so pleased with St.-Malo on our early in the year visit during our Brittany tour, tha t we decided to detour en route to Mont St-Michel with our 10 year old grandchild. so that he could see yet another fortress as well as relate to the French explorers of Canada, about whom he had just studied. The museum did not thrill him, but the fortress was something else. The tide was the second item that impressed him. (It impresses us too)!
The old fortress
Being in Saint Malo was great. It's got everything you want in a holiday. There's a beach which isn't crouded. And there's beautiful architecture. Try taking a walk on the old city walls.
And then there are also a lot of nice little shops and restaurants. Well, I haven't been there for quite a while now, but I don't think it's changed that much.
All in all, there is a lovely atmosphere in this place. You can really relax here.