Forts and islands - Chateaubriand's tomb

St Malo
Brittany
Attractions and places of interest
Great Outdoors

St Malo has 2 islands just off its coast - the islands of Grand Be and Petit Be. At low tide you can walk across the stone flags to the island of Grand Be where the tomb of the famous Romantic writer, Francois-René de Chateaubriand, looks out to sea on the west.

Go even further out to Petit Be, which has recently opened up its 17th century fort and battery to visitors. Fort National can also be reached on foot from the Grand Plage ('great beach') and was previously the Royal Fort.

Nearby attractions

This small sandy beach is sheltered by the magnificent ramparts of St Malo, and at low tide you can walk from here to the Fort National. Supervised by a lifeguard, the beach is great for swimming and family fun.

St Malo cathedral has undergone several renovations and repairs over the centuries, particularly after it was bombed during the Second World War.

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.

Places to visit nearby

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.

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

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.