Saint-Malo

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Petit Be showing rocky coastline, general coastal views and sailing

Go on a boat trip to the Channel Islands from this port, after learning about pirates and trying oysters.

The walled city of Saint-Malo has an intriguing past, entwined with World War I, pirates and ancient walls. It is a pretty area with a large port that bears the brunt of storms and large waves. Spend the afternoon walking along the beach and learn about the pirates that invaded in the 17th century.

In the summer, the region is hot and sunny, attracting foreigners from the Channel Islands and the south of England. Winters are cold, wet and stormy, creating a moody atmosphere along the beaches.

Enter through the 12th-century walls to the part of the city known as La Ville Intra-Muros. Here, you will find restaurants, hotels and shops. Take a tour on the city’s little train to get a better understanding of Saint-Malo and its main sights. Visit the Musée d’Histoire to understand its fascinating history, from fortifications to pirates and war. See its intriguing objects, such as the prow of a ship.

In World War II, the city was almost entirely wiped out by American shelling and the British. As a result, most of the buildings in the city stem from the 1950s. However, some fascinating historical structures remain, such as the 14th-century Solidor Tower.

Take the kids to the Great Aquarium Saint-Malo to see the range of colorful marine creatures on display. Go with the family to the Labyrinthe du Corsaire, an amusement park with a pirate theme.

Find out about the walls and fortifications at historic structures, such as the Fort National and the Fort de la Conchée.

Try some of the local delicacies, such as the oysters that come from nearby Cancale.

Saint-Malo is by the English Channel in the northwest of France. The commune is a part of the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany. There is a small airport nearby, as well as ferries from Plymouth and Portsmouth in England. The 250-mile (400-kilometer) journey east to Paris should take 4 hours by car.

The bridges, beaches and port that are dotted around historic war ravages make Saint-Malo a scenic and informative destination.

Where to stay in Saint-Malo

Mercure St Malo Front De Mer
Mercure St Malo Front De Mer
4 out of 5
36 Rue Chausse Du Sillon, Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine
The price is $77 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Located in Courtoisville-Sillon-Moka, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sillon Beach, Le Grand Large, and Casino Barriere. Grande Plage and Plage ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (376 reviews)
"The staff provided excellent service. They went above and beyond to assist. It was a welcome relief after a challenging day. Lovely location on the sea front which I would recommend. Good value for money."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Mercure St Malo Front De Mer
Golden Tulip Saint Malo - Le Grand Bé
Golden Tulip Saint Malo - Le Grand Bé
4 out of 5
1 Place Des Freres Lamennais, Intra Muros, Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine
Located in Intra Muros, this spa hotel is steps from St. Vincent Cathedral, St. Malo Beach, and Plage Malo. Grand Be and St. Malo Citadel are also within 5 minutes. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (162 reviews)
"Great one night stay. Reception were very helpful in printing out our Covid paperwork. Hotel is well located and very comfortable"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

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Golden Tulip Saint Malo - Le Grand Bé
Hotel France Chateaubriand
Hotel France Chateaubriand
3 out of 5
12 Place Chateaubriand, Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine
The price is $92 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Located in Intra Muros, this hotel is steps from Musee d'Histoire, Plage de l'Éventail, and St. Malo Citadel. Plage Malo and Sillon Beach are also within 5 minutes. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (454 reviews)
"Great hotel with wonderful view"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Hotel France Chateaubriand
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Résidence Reine Marine
Résidence Reine Marine
4 out of 5
67, Avenue Kennedy, Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine
The price is $97 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Nestled on the beach, this Saint-Malo residence is within a 5-minute walk of Plage du Minihic and Plage du Pont. Plage de Rochebonne and Plage de La Hoguette ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (138 reviews)
Good location on the beach.
"We enjoyed our time in St Malo on the beach. We also had fun using the pool. We did find the 2 bedroom apartment to be a little small, but it was still nice to have a kitchen to use for meals. I did find that the cleanliness of the apartment could improve. There was a dust pile on the floor when ..."

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2020

Résidence Reine Marine
Duplex renovated in Saint Malo / Saint Servan / Beach at 100m / Intramuros at 7min
Duplex renovated in Saint Malo / Saint Servan / Beach at 100m / Intramuros at 7min
Saint-Malo, Brittany
Located in the heart of Saint-Malo, this historic apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Plage des Bas-Sablons and Saint-Malo Ferry Port. Plage de ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Localisation parfaite!
"La localisation était un parfait compris entre les prix prohibitif de l’intro-muros et la proximité des lieux animés. Séjour parfait avec deux enfants en bas âges. L’appartement était sans aucune mauvaise surprise et le propriétaire très accessible et disponible. Nous recommanderons l’adresse sans ..."

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

Duplex renovated in Saint Malo / Saint Servan / Beach at 100m / Intramuros at 7min
Pierre & Vacances Résidence Ty Mat
Pierre & Vacances Résidence Ty Mat
3 out of 5
33, rue Georges V, Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine
Located in Saint-Servan, this eco-friendly residence is within a 15-minute walk of Plage des Bas-Sablons, Plage de Solidor, and Plage des Corbières. Plage de ...
3.9/5 Good! (143 reviews)
"no service, no communication no email to tell us the code to enter in the building after the hours, no code to open the box to obtain the key the place is nice, no hair dryer, no room cleaning, no paper toilet, really small tv, we have to do the bed..,"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019

Pierre & Vacances Résidence Ty Mat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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