Saint-Malo Travel Guide

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Saint-Malo Things to Do

  • Memorial 39-45, Cité d'Aleth, St Malo.

    Created in 1994 by the town of St Malo this museum is hidden away on top of the Cité d'Aleth in one of the German bunkers that overlook the town and the entrance to the Rance river. Since roman times this peninsula has been used for defensive reasons and the Germans created a defense that became part of the Atlantic wall. The major part of the...

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  • San Michel

    I noticed that some people include Mount St Michel as a "thing to do" in Saint-Malô. Well, I think that St Michel is a thing to do wherever you are - only a question of distance. As a matter of fact, for me, Saint-Malô was a "thing to" do in my trip TO SEE Mount St. Michel.However, it was a good idea - wonderful site, wonderful city, but, staying...

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  • The Beach

    It was cold, in August, when we were there. The temperature of the Atlantic didn't convince us, so we didn't swim. There were several rocky and sandy beaches, but... empty.A Portuguese fellow living in Bretagna told me that the water usually beats 20º centigrade. Will it be possible in such an ocean, in such latitude? Next time I'll check it up,...

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  • The ramparts

    It is possible to walk around all the historic city, along its strong and large walls. It's an easy and interesting walk, with several entry and exit points and excellent views over town and sea.

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  • The Town

    Lots of personality, in an old town surrounded by strong walls. The walls are perfect (reconstructed after WW2), and you can walk all around the town, with a good perspective of tthe city and its architecture, and all the beaches. Down there, the town is lively, with all the people escaped from the freezing beach. Beautiful, yes, but......

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  • Notre-Dame de Bonsecours

    In a niche in the Great Door of the city walls, there's a small statue of the Holly Virgin.According to traditional description, it was found by a local sailor floating in the sea in 1663.

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Saint-Malo Restaurants

  • nice galette ,quaint street ,the des Bés

    upon a recommendation from native work friends I visited this place, that was in a quaint medieval looking street rue Thévenard.It is family run and very friendly, we were meeting a VT friend (pfsmalo),so we reserve in the morning for a table in the afternoon and was great service.the food is classic breton in galettes, crêpes,and pizzas with cider...

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  • Sanchez Glacier, ice creams

    It is a salon de thé and ice cream parlor, we decided upon recomms to avoid the dessert at the restaurant and come here for ice creams, it was a great decision. IF you like ice creams this is heaven on earth.All is made on site, and deliciously serve in cone or cup up to 8 scoops !!! The flavors I got tire of counting them but must be over 40 .We...

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  • Appreciating the bounty of the sea

    (work in progress)The coastline of Bretagne is famed for the quality of their seafood, and having self sacrificingly undertaken some market research in this regard, I can quite understand why!I have now lived in a warmer climate for half my life, where shellfish tend to grow more quickly then they does in cooler water, but I have to question...

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Saint-Malo Nightlife

  • Go to Sleep

    There is no St. Malo nightlife as far as I could discern. This tiny fishing village goes to bed early, and you should too, because it gets really quiet after dark. The last thing the residents want is a bunch of loud Americans looking for a pub when they're all snoozing. The walled city gets very dark and kind of creepy at night anyway. If you must...

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  • The corner bar

    We had to go into this bar because the barstools are SWINGS! (Or as the bartender said, suspended chairs.)

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Saint-Malo Transportation

  • passenger boat terminal or gare maritime

    Well this is a harbor city and as such great passenger boat service to England, such asBrittany ferries to Portsmouth,terminal du nayewww.brittanyferries.comCondor ferries to Poole et Weymouth,and jersey isles, terminal du nayewww.condorferries.frcompagnie Corsaire to Dinan, Saint-Cast le Guildo, Chausey et Cézembre,from cale de Dinanas well as...

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  • drive a car to St Malo

    well freedom is beautiful and driving a car in France is an experience not to forget. I know been doing it for 22 years,and love more each time.this time it was St Malo, and from Paris is easy on the A13 or A11 to Rennes, then the N137 to St Malo centre ville intramuros.I took a more leisure drive on departementales or D roads, the drive is...

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  • petit train

    a fun way to see the city and put in transportation because it can serve as such inside the city. You can see all the main sights if short on time, and if more time come back to see the ones you like the most.The ride is very nice from quai saint vincent near the castle and takes into the intra muros area and out. Nice, it seems very popular. Cost...

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Saint-Malo Shopping

  • Music shop

    Hi! I am going to arrive in Saint-Malo in August. I am much interested in Breton music and language. Could somebody advice me good music shops and bookstores in Saint-Malo?Thank you!With best regards,Olga Bonjour!Je vais arriver a Saint-Malo en aout. Je m'interesse beacoup a la music Breton et la langue Breton. Ect-ce qu'il y a des magasins...

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  • Great Art

    While enjoying the medieval jumble of streets in St. Malo, we discovered an art store that had some paintings of ships and ocean views that were outstanding. Buying a painting wasn't in the budget, but there were many I would like to have purchased.

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Saint-Malo Local Customs

  • Brittany - a sea food heaven!

    Indeed, Brittany is rich offering a variety of sea foods - oysters, lobsters and mules, etc. You can eat dishes made of these all the year around. Enjoy! Sea food restaurants are everywhere in Saint Malo.

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  • 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!!

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  • Try The Cider

    Cider is very popular in the Province of Brittany. In St. Malo they serve it in every eatery. There are different kinds (just like beer). The "cidre de table", everyday cider bottled in any container (this is what we drank). The "cidre bouché", of higher quality that has to be bottled in a Champagne bottle and corked. The "cidre fermier" is...

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Saint-Malo Warnings and Dangers

  • Danger of high tides.

    Roughly 5 or 6 times a year the coefficient of the tides here in St Malo go over the 100 mark during 2/3 days, twice a day. Depending on wind force and direction, there can be created great undercurrents that literally throw the water in the high, 15 to 20 metres in some places. It is very foolish to want to get too close to the sea during these...

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  • Time and Tide Waits for No Man (or...

    The tidal rise in the Bay of St.-Malo is on average the second greatest in the world (14m, compared with those in Eastern Canada-Bay of Fundy, etc-17m). On average ocean tides are 0.8m. The phenomenon is due to the funnel shape of the sides and bottom of the bay funneling into the estuary of the Rance River. To our knowlege nowhere else has this...

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  • Swiftly moving tides

    We decided to take a walk out to the National Fort from the beach and were surprised when a lifeguard in a wetsuit turned us away, as it didn't look like the tide was coming in quickly from the small island....but within 5 minutes, amazingly it had not only turned, but completely covered the spot where we were standing, with water rushing in from...

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Saint-Malo Tourist Traps

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    by TimDaoust Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    There is a little fort that one can tour out on the beach here beside the walled city. The hours we thought were odd, as it was closed at about 230 when we were there. After a little bit of time hanging out on the rocks and wading in the water, we realized why it was closed. I turned to see that the tide was rising fast and we were about to be on an island about 50m or so off the shore. We quickly rolled up our pants and rushed back through foot deep water to the shore amidst giggles from the locals and even the other hapless toursits. Then came the coast guard with the boats to pick up whoever got stuck there. Guess it happens often there.

    Unique Suggestions: Enjoy it by all means though and, hey, get stuck out there. Kinda romantic.

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Saint-Malo What to Pack

  • Sensible shoes & rugsack

    There is no luggage storage anywhere in town - except for your hotel maybe, so if you can avoid bringing a bag on wheels, take a rugsack or other sort of bag you can carry. This is because it's a pain to drag a trolley bag along the cobbled streets and this may not be good for items such as lap tops - especially if you arrive in Saint-Malo in the...

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  • Just a bathing suit

    You really only need a bathing suit and just the bottom is enough for the girls as St. Malo is a topless beach. Lots of film for the views

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Saint-Malo Off The Beaten Path

  • Halles au Blé or wheat market

    a historical building in intramuros city center St Malo.The Halle au Blé was an old beef market and one of the rare building of the 19C in the intramuros of St Malo. The first one was built here in 1822 mixing also the butter and game market. The building serve at times as an entertainment center. In 1892,they were enlarge and built the current...

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  • Grand Aquarium de Saint Malo

    This is a favorite pastime of our family stop in aquariums maybe because of our roots always around beaches and oceans, fishing scuba etc. We never missed one.This one is nice, you have several tanks from big fish to sharks,and turtlenecks,and then a petting fish tanks! as well as the marvelous Nautibus submarine ride.Fun for the whole family...

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  • Chapelle Saint Sauveur

    The chapel or chapelle Saint-Sauveur is in intra muros old city center it was built in 1743 replacing an older chapel in its place, that serve as a religious centre to the Hôtel-Dieu, that was here until 1944. It is now a center of many cultural activities such as concerts, expositions,and exhibits.it is located at rue Saint Sauveur, St Malonice...

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Saint-Malo Favorites

  • Walk Saint Malo

    A great way to see a city is to walk, and that we do a lot. St Malo is no exception, wandering the intra muros you see and feel the vibration of the city and up close its nuances and local colors come alive quicker and better.St Malo has beautiful streets to walk in the intra muros city center area, and I encourage you to do it. YOu can google the...

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  • Refreshing sea aroun Saint Malo

    You can enjoy a superb sea view when you are on the higher gate street of the "fort" Saint Malo. It was still a warm August. Small islands which surround the City are very nice and the blue sea tempts you to as if it were carrying you over the horizon. The blue sea, the beautiful sand beaches, the stout and dignified fort walls, and the...

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  • Shop opening times on Sunday

    On Sundays shops in many parts of France might be closed. I was in St Malo on Easter Sunday and it seemed many shops in the old city were open in the morning. In addition, some grocery stores, bakeries and other small shops outside the the old part of city were open at least on Sunday morning till noon (9am-12 noon). There is at least one grocery...

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And what do the "Bretons" do for fun and games ?
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Over the two bays of St Malo and Mont St Michel.
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The Rock Pools of Saint-Malo
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Visit Mont-Saint-Michel from Saint-Malo
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Intra-muros
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Fortress
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Impressive cannon positions on the ramparts
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Reconstructing the bombed city, stone by stone
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Cartier: Bretagne's most distinguished explorer
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The beaches of ST Malo
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Fort National
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The Grand Bé and petit Bé
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Tour Solidor et Musée de Cap-Horniers
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Maison du Corsaire
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see etoile du roy frigate corsair
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Chateau de Saint Malo
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Ramparts of Saint Malo
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Cathédrale Saint Vincent
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Hippodrome de Saint Malo
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Casino de Saint Malo
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The immense Barrage de la Rance tidal barrier
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Where Cartier received his Bishop's blessing
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Be bullied by the local wildlife
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Go windsurfing!
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St Malo's unexpectedly lovely beaches
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A gorgeous view enhanced by wild flowers
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A spectacular view for eternity
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Even the locals have to learn to shell seafood!
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Fancy a spot of sea kayaking?
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Chateaubriand - St Malo's favourite son
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A wonderful living roof
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Explore the rock pools as long as the tide allows!
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Last one off the island's a chicken!
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The quickest way down to the beach!
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Watch out that the tide doesn't leave you stranded
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Some welcome green relief from the grey granite
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Old Post Office - my favourite building in town
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Take a bracing dip in the tidal pool
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Fly into nearby Dinard airport
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A touching tribute to St Malo's lost seafarers
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