Hugging the eastern bank of the River Rance, Saint-Malo is a particularly popular destination for any visitors to the French region of Brittany. Visited by many Europeans, especially British travellers, Saint-Malo is in fact often the starting or ending point of any trip to this part of the world. The St Malo Ferry traverses to channel at Portsmouth, making the stunning rebuilt old town and cathedral of Saint-Malo oftentimes the first and last thing British holidaymakers see in France.
With its mild temperatures gifted to the area by the Gulf Stream and a reasonably high amount of winter sun, a visit at any time of the year is destined to be a pleasant and temperate experience. A stay in Saint-Malo is best enjoyed with a loved one or the family; as it is a place to relax and enjoy the company of others in a unique, classy and very French environ.
Also known as “City of Corsairs”, this ancient walled fortress once acted as a base for many of France’s state-sanctioned pirates, and this is a legacy they are to this day very proud of, a fact which can be seen in the many antique shops speckled about the cobbled streets. Apart from piracy memorabilia, the streets are bulging with restaurants, crêperies and bars in which you can sample some of the best fresh seafood and galette Brittany has to offer.
Holiday in Saint-Malo
Any trip to Saint-Malo will revolve around the sea. Its warmer waters, and several clean sandy beaches mean that most activities here involve the ocean in some way. It is a superb area for walking along the beach, and during low tide many of the rocky islands nearby can even be reached by foot. Take a stroll to one of these islets and happen upon ancient fortifications and the grave of Chateuabriand, the French writer and politician for whom the famous beef dish was named. Many other long stretches of beach also exist and bringing supplies for any of your favourite beach activities is most certainly a must.
Being situated at the mouth of the Rance with a world-class ferry system, and with excellent train and bus links, an exciting day trip from the town of Saint-Malo is incredibly easy to arrange. A few suggestions include a trip to Mont St-Michel or the medieval village of Dinan.
But by far the most popular reason tourists visit Saint-Malo is the St. Malo Intra Muros, or old town. Originally built on an island and only reachable by a walkway, this section of labyrinthine roads and beautiful little shops has nowadays been absorbed into the rest of the town by the harbour and is much more accessible. Here you will find the majority of the town’s many restaurants and crêperies, as well as many medieval (and reconstructed) sights including the spire of the Cathedrale St. Vincent.
Renting holiday accommodation in Saint-Malo
Whether you desire a balcony overlooking the English Channel so you can watch the sun rise over the elemental Atlantic or a quaint maisonette away from the hustle and bustle or other tourists, booking your stay in a holiday rental is the optimal method of crafting a unique holiday experience. And at the end of the day, come home with your freshly bought fruits de mer or French delicacies and cook your very own feast for your friends and family, and retire to the lounge instead of separate rooms across the hall.