24 hours in St Malo

Only have a limited amount of time to spend in and around St Malo? Here are our top things that you shouldn't miss while in the area.

St Malo, a walled city built in medieval times, is renowned for its beautiful 18th century ramparts, fascinating seafaring history of privateering and pirates and its independent spirit - the locals call themselves Malouins rather than Bretons!

Nearby Dinard is just a short ferry journey away and retains its air of elegance from when it became popular during the Belle Epoque.

If you have a car, don't miss the charming town of Dinan on the river Rance or the incredible abbey of Mont St Michel on its tidal island. Relax amongst their quaint cobbled streets and stunning medieval architecture that has been almost untouched by modern hands.

You'll really feel like you are trapped in time uncovering the stunning beauty of the Middle Ages with a visit to this wonderful area of Brittany and Normandy.

Getting there: With year-round almost daily sailings from Portsmouth to St Malo, St Malo is an ideal day trip destination

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What can I do in a day?

Step back in time with pirates, enjoy beautiful medieval architecture and dine in fabulous restaurants...

Here's an example itinerary of what you could do with your day in St Malo...

08:30 Arrive in St Malo and head to one of its quaint cafés or bakeries for a delicious French breakfast.

12:45 Enjoy lunch with a seafront view at one of Dinard's excellent restaurants

09:00 Wander the cobbled streets of Intra Muros and explore the curious and charming shops of the wonderful old town.

14:30 Explore Dinard and go for a wander along the coastal path. See how may of the marvellous Belle Epoque villas you can find hiding out in the trees.

10:00 Visit the medieval château which houses the town museum inside its great keep to find out about St Malo's piratical history and the period of Occupation during WW2.

16:00 Drive back to St Malo.

11:00 Take a look around the beautiful cathedral, which was heavily damaged by bombing during WW2.

16:30 Stop off at the Tour Solidor and head up to the stairs to the maritime museum at the top. There's lovely panoramic views of the estuary.

11:30 Get a breath of fresh air by walking on the ramparts or go for a stroll on the beach.

17:00 Before heading back into town, go shopping at a supermarket to stock up on French goodies.

12:15 Drive to stylish Dinard, just a half hour's drive away.

19:00 Time to try the delights of St Malo's restaurants for dinner! Take your time and enjoy a drink or two afterwards while you wait for the ship to arrive.

Things to do in and around St Malo

The unmissable sights and attractions in St Malo.

The city's impressive medieval castle, the Château de St Malo, was once owned by the Dukes of Brittany. Today, it houses the town museum in its great keep.

The medieval heart of the city, Intra Muros means 'within the walls' and is the ancient walled town of St Malo.

Stretching for several kilometres to the north of the city, the Grande Plage is a popular sandy beach by the old walled town of Intra-Muros. The beach is spiked with tree trunks to form natural water breakers so that it is a...

Further afield

Head out to more great places to visit nearby.

Dinan in Brittany is a charming riverside town, full of medieval history, with a 13th century castle and ramparts that encircle this well-preserved sanctuary where time has stood still.

Dinard in Brittany is a fashionable seaside resort that first came to popularity during the Belle Epoque of the 19th century.

Mont St Michel in Normandy is one of France's most popular tourist attractions attracting over 3 million visitors every year.