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Grand Bé Vacation Packages

Walk to this scenic island at low tide and embark on a romantic pilgrimage to the tomb of one of France’s greatest writers.

The Grand Bé is a serene tidal island known as the burial place of 18th-century French writer Chateaubriand. The picturesque islet connects to the walled city of Saint-Malo via a sandy causeway at low tide. Hike around the circumference of this charming rocky island. 

Reach the sea-facing grave that contains the remains of celebrated French writer François-René de Chateaubriand. This Saint-Malo native is considered the founder of French Romanticism literature and was an active writer until his death in 1848. Admire the elegance of this simple and nameless tomb, adorned solely with a stone cross.

Ascend to the higher parts of the island for a panoramic vista of the sea, the surrounding islands and mainland France. Look back on Saint-Malo and admire the views of the ramparts. Kids will enjoy clambering over the rocks and crevasses of the Grand Bé’s jagged coastline. 

Hire a guide from a tour operator in Saint-Malo for a more comprehensive understanding of the island’s scenery and history. Inspect the ruins of an ancient fort. Appreciate the utter tranquility on this quiet and spacious terrain, away from vendors and other facilities. Back on the mainland, enjoy the vista of the Grand Bé from the delightful sandy beach of Bon-Secours.  

Reach the islet, which is roughly 985 feet (300 meters) beyond Saint-Malo’s city walls, on foot at low tide. You should wear comfortable, sturdy footwear to avoid slipping on the rocks. Make sure to check the tide times at the tourist office, to ensure you’re not marooned on the island for up to 6 hours. It is not recommended to attempt to swim, as currents are deceptively strong. 

The Grand Bé is just off the shore of Saint-Malo in the northwestern corner of France. It is about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Rennes in the eastern part of Brittany. Visit nearby attractions, such as the Petit Bé, the Fort National and the Plague du Môle.


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La Maison des Armateurs

La Maison des Armateurs

6, Grand Rue, Saint-Malo
4.6
of 5, from 84 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Intra Muros, this hotel is steps from St. Malo Citadel and St. Vincent Cathedral. Porte Saint Vincent and Musee d'Histoire are also within 5 minutes.

£53
Hotel Du Louvre

Hotel Du Louvre

2 Rue Des Marins, Saint-Malo
4.0
of 5, from 138 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Intra Muros, this hotel is steps from St. Vincent Cathedral and St. Malo Citadel. Porte Saint Vincent and Musee d'Histoire are also within 5 minutes.

£52
Hotel France Chateaubriand

Hotel France Chateaubriand

12 Place Chateaubriand, Saint-Malo
4.3
of 5, from 42 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Intra Muros, this hotel is steps from Musee d'Histoire and St. Malo Citadel. St. Vincent Cathedral is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away.

£64
ibis Styles Saint-Malo Centre Historique

ibis Styles Saint-Malo Centre Historique

4 Place Du Poids Du Roi, Saint-Malo
4.0
of 5, from 41 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Intra Muros, this hotel is steps from St. Malo Citadel and St. Vincent Cathedral. Porte Saint Vincent and Musee d'Histoire are also within 5 minutes.

£71
Hotel Oceania Saint Malo

Hotel Oceania Saint Malo

Chaussée du sillon, Saint-Malo
4.3
of 5, from 114 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

With direct access to the beach, this Saint-Malo hotel is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Le Grand Large, St. Malo Citadel, and St. Vincent Cathedral. Casino Barriere and Fort National are also within 5 minutes.

£54
Escale Oceania Saint-Malo

Escale Oceania Saint-Malo

76 Chaussee Du Sillon, Saint-Malo
4.2
of 5, from 106 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Saint-Malo, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Grande Plage, St. Malo Citadel, and St. Vincent Cathedral. Le Grand Large and Casino Barriere are also within 15 minutes.

£44
Hôtel de la Cité

Hôtel de la Cité

Place Vauban - BP 77, Saint-Malo
3.4
of 5, from 9 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

With direct access to the beach, this Intra Muros hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Musee d'Histoire, St. Malo Citadel, and St. Vincent Cathedral. St. Malo Beach and Port of Saint-Malo are also within 10 minutes.

£38
Anne de Bretagne

Anne de Bretagne

10/11 Rue Saint Thomas, Saint-Malo
3.3
of 5, from 41 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Intra Muros, this hotel is steps from Musee d'Histoire, St. Malo Citadel, and St. Vincent Cathedral. Porte Saint Vincent and Casino Barriere are also within 5 minutes.