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A real gem on the Emerald Coast, Saint Malo has a rich maritime history once renowned for buccaneering. Are you ready for an adventure? Then step aboard, me hearties!

This is one of those places where time seems to have stood still. A major maritime centre in the 17th and 18th centuries, Saint Malo is full of treasures surrounded by an impenetrable fortress. In addition to its exceptional architecture, this rocky peninsula is best known for its walled town with imposing granite ramparts.

Start your visit at Saint Vincent Gate where you can climb the walls and walk along the top. More than a mile long, this route is a great place to take in the sea air and enjoy the magnificent views of the bay. From the Bidouane Tower to the Bastion of Holland, passing by the Notre-Dame Tower, you can enjoy one viewpoint after another, each more beautiful than the last. You will be able to make out the Small Bay and the Large Bay, a wild island which houses the tomb of the writer Chateaubriand and, if the weather is fine, you will even see the famous Fréhel Cape. As you walk around the ramparts and the town’s streets, you will pass by a number of bronze statues of famous locals from history, such as the explorer Jacques Cartier who discovered Canada in the 16th century and the naval officer Duguay-Trouin.

To the north of the town, a few hundred metres from Éventail beach, is the National Fort, a remarkable structure which was built by the great architect Vauban at the end of the 17th century to protect the town’s prosperous port. This astounding place perched on an islet will delight anyone interested in military architecture, but be aware that it can only be reached at low tide! Next, drop in to the impressive Château de Saint-Malo for a visit to the Musée d’histoire et traditions maritimes du Pays malouin [Museum of the history and maritime traditions of St Malo], which tells the story of the town and the great names that made it what it is.

If history isn’t your cup of tea and you would rather spend your holidays getting a boost of adrenalin, why not try some of the many sporting activities on offer here, such as sand yachting, diving and windsurfing. Saint Malo is also the starting point for the famous Route du Rhum sailing boat race to Guadeloupe which takes place every four years and gives visitors the chance to witness some incredible vessels taking to the water.

So where do kids fit into all this? Your little treasures will love the extremely fun Grand Aquarium and the Les P’tits Pirates leisure park with its inflatables and trampolines for budding buccaneers!

You can get to Saint Malo by ferry, air, road or rail. Ferry crossings are available from several ports on the south coast of England, including Portsmouth and Plymouth. Trains from Paris take about three hours, involving a change of train in Rennes. Dinard Airport, less than 10 miles from Saint Malo, has flights arriving from several UK airports including London Stansted.

Saint Malo is a fascinating maritime town brimming with natural treasures and a unique history.

Where to stay in Saint-Malo

St. Malo Beach which includes heritage elements, a bay or harbour and general coastal views

Intra Muros

Cafes, historical sites and waterfront views highlight some of the noteworthy features of Intra Muros. Make a stop by St. Malo Beach or St. Vincent Cathedral while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Intra Muros
Saint-Servan, Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

Saint-Servan

Waterfront views, historical sites and restaurants are just a few things travellers enjoy about Saint-Servan. Check out Plage des Corbières or Plage de Solidor while you're exploring the area.

Saint-Servan
Courtoisville-Sillon-Moka, Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, France
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Courtoisville-Sillon-Moka

The beaches and seaside views are top of the list for many visitors to Courtoisville-Sillon-Moka. A stop by Grande Plage or Sillon Beach might round out your trip.

Courtoisville-Sillon-Moka
La Cite, Saint-Malo, France

La Cite

When in La Cite, you can plan a visit to Saint-Malo Ferry Port and St. Malo Beach, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

La Cite
Rothéneuf-Le Pont, Saint-Malo, France
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Rothéneuf-Le Pont

You'll enjoy the museums and historical sites in Rothéneuf-Le Pont. You might want to make time for a stop at Plage de Nicet or Plage du Havre.

Rothéneuf-Le Pont
La Madeleine-Bellevue, Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

La Madeleine-Bellevue

Waterfront views and shopping are notable features of La Madeleine-Bellevue. You might consider stopping by Grand Aquarium while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

La Madeleine-Bellevue

Top hotels in Saint-Malo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Escale Oceania Saint-Malo
Escale Oceania Saint-Malo
3 out of 5
£74
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Courtoisville-Sillon-Moka, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Sillon Beach and St. Malo Beach. Saint-Malo Ferry Port ...

4.2/5Very Good! (613 reviews)

"Conveniently positioned walking distance to old town and beach, parking on road out side. Comfortable beds in room overlooking the sea"…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2019

Escale Oceania Saint-Malo
Hotel France Chateaubriand
Hotel France Chateaubriand
3 out of 5
£56
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Located in Intra Muros, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Musee d'Histoire and St. Malo Beach. Saint-Malo Ferry Port and Grand Aquarium are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (393 reviews)

"We loved our stay here and could not find anything to complain about. We had booked a room with a sea view and it was marvellous. The room was spacious and the bed comfortable. We had tea making facilities in our room. Everything was really clean and the staff were wonderful."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2019

Hotel France Chateaubriand
Golden Tulip Saint Malo - Le Grand Bé
Golden Tulip Saint Malo - Le Grand Bé
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£86
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

Located in the heart of Saint-Malo, this family-friendly hotel is steps away from St. Vincent Cathedral and St. Malo Beach. Saint-Malo Ferry Port and Grand Aquarium ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (121 reviews)

"My family and I stayed one night in two twin rooms. The rooms were very comfortable and clean. This seems to be a new hotel. The location was great and we appreciated the air conditioning given the heat outside. We did find it a bit odd having to walk across the hotel room from where the toilet is ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2019

Golden Tulip Saint Malo - Le Grand Bé

Popular things to do in Saint-Malo

St. Malo Beach
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St. Malo Beach

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Make your way across the various stretches of sand and the islands dotted around this quaint town on the English Channel.

Saint-Malo Ferry Port
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Saint-Malo Ferry Port

4/5(67 reviews)

Sail into a modern and well-equipped port that gives you access to the historical towns and beautiful beaches of northern Brittany.

Grand Aquarium
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Grand Aquarium

5/5(8 reviews)

Peer into the watery depths at this entertaining aquarium that takes you on underwater excursions and lets you get close to marine creatures. 

Port of Saint-Malo
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Port of Saint-Malo

4/5(73 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Saint-Malo with a trip to Port of Saint-Malo. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

St. Malo Citadel
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St. Malo Citadel

4.5/5(39 reviews)

The Old Town of Saint-Malo is one giant fortification, surrounded by medieval ramparts and housing historic churches and stunning castles. 

Fort National
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Fort National

4.5/5(25 reviews)

Stroll across the sand at low tide to reach this historic island fortress and learn about its fascinating military past.

Top activities in Saint-Malo

St.Teresa Lisieux,L.Beaches,Mt.St.Michel,St.Malo, 3Day Paris
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St.Teresa Lisieux,L.Beaches,Mt.St.Michel,St.Malo, 3Day Paris

£740
Per adult
DDay Beaches, Mt.St. Michel & St. Malo, 2Day Private - Paris
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DDay Beaches, Mt.St. Michel & St. Malo, 2Day Private - Paris

£642
Per adult
Private Transfer from Saint-Malo to Bayeux - Up to 7 People
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Private Transfer from Saint-Malo to Bayeux - Up to 7 People

£67
Per adult
Saint-Malo, boat tour
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Saint-Malo, boat tour

£86
Per adult
Private Tour: Full Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from St Malo
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Private Tour: Full Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from St Malo

£124
Per adult
Private Transfer from Saint-Malo to Mont-Saint-Michel - Up to 7 People
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Private Transfer from Saint-Malo to Mont-Saint-Michel - Up to 7 People

£32
Per adult

Reviews of Saint-Malo

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5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 11, 2020

Good restaurant's and bar's.

4/5 - Good

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Dec 24, 2019

Visit regularly as live in jersey always a good place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 13, 2019

Beautiful historic place

4/5 - Good

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Nov 5, 2019

This was agood choice of hotel , value for money, helpful friendly staff ,Clean and comfortable rooms and a good breakfast . Major disappointment, NO English speaking television channels available in rooms .Unaceptable with children on holiday

5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 24, 2019

The beaches are beautiful and not very busy. There are plenty of heritage sites to visit and transport links to other places. Have a galette at the Ambassador hotel on Chaussée de Sillon as they are better than the ones in town

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Sep 22, 2019

Great town for visiting lots to do. Food and restaurants pleasing