St Malo beach and intra-munos

St Malo travel guide

About St Malo

The beautiful city of St Malo in Brittany curves out to sea on a stunning natural harbour that has created some of the best sandy beaches on the Emerald Coast.

Rising out of the granite rock, St Malo is a maze of medieval streets bursting with history and culture. The legacy of the dastardly pirates of the 19th century and the siege during the Second World War entwines with the bustling array of arty shops and the delicious smells from restaurants, outdoor markets and cafes, for a romantic atmosphere. Oysters and crêpes are local delicacies to be enjoyed throughout the restaurants and markets of the town. 

Intra-Muros, the ancient walled town, forms the heart of St Malo where the stunning Gothic and Romanesque Cathédrale de St Malo dominates the skyline. Walking along its ramparts, visitors can see spectacular views of the town and harbour, including the islands and forts scattered out at sea.

The pretty islands of Le Grand Bé and Le Petit Bé can be visited on foot at low tide, with the Fort National reachable on foot from St Malo's longest beach, the Grande Plage. If you enjoy hiking, the GR 34 coastal path travels right around the Emerald Coast and extends across most of Brittany's coast from Mont St Michel to Le Tour-du-Parc. 

Just outside of the city is the town of St Servan where the imposing Tour Solidor contains a museum dedicated to the French sailors who first negotiated Cape Horn. The Grand Aquarium is home to the Shark's Ring, an immense tank containing 3 metre long sharks, and the Nautibus submersible and is also not to be missed.

Travel a little further out from the town into the surrounding countryside and you'll find the Malouinières, the mansions of the shipbuilders and corsairs who made the town rich and famous in the 18th century.

With so many crêperies in the town, you'll be sure to find somewhere to try Brittany's famous galettes, savoury pancakes made with buckwheat and filled with ham, sausage, cheese, scallops and whatever you else might choose, as well as the sweet crêpes. Thin and crispy gavottes covered in chocolate and caramel au beurre salé are also popular tasty treats. Don't forget to try some locally brewed cidre!

Holidays in France

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Gite in Atlantic Loire Valley

GITES AND COTTAGES IN FRANCE

View of the Hotel Aigue Marine, Tréguier

HOTEL HOLIDAYS & BREAKS IN FRANCE

Family walking on the beach

FAMILY HOLIDAYS IN FRANCE AND SPAIN

A man and a woman reading by their car

CAR & MOTORCYCLE TOURS IN FRANCE

Getting to Brittany

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Galicia at sea at Portsmouth

ST MALO - PORTSMOUTH

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