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Just a short hop over the Channel lies the Brittany port
town of St Malo, an enchanting place proud of its history and featuring a
dramatically changing landscape. With one of the world’s greatest tidal ranges
hitting its shores, the town can see anything from brewing storms and dark
skies to calm seas and broad beaches. Surrounded by walls, its fortifications
date back as far as the 12th century, and there are also important
buildings dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, a
testament to when it was a key base for both merchant ships and privateers.
Here’s just some of the great things you can do here while you’re staying at
our St Malo villas.

Chateau de St Malo



Located on an outcrop of the Plage de l’Eventail, the
Chateau de St Malo was built by the dukes of Brittany in the 15th
and 16th centuries. Climb up to the lookout tower for excellent
views out onto the old city, or explore the Musee d’Histoire de St Malo which
can now be found inside, giving an insight into the life and history of the
city.

La Demeure de Corsaire



In the heart of the town lies La Demeure de Corsaire, an
interesting 18th century mansion once owned by the corsair (privateer)
François Auguste Magon. Discover what life was like in 18th century
Brittany as well as how the wealthy privateers spent their fortunes. Guided
tours are available in French only though descriptions are also available in
English.

Île du Grande Bé



The rocky islet of Île du Grande Bé can only be reached
during low tide, when you can cross the Plage de Bon Secours to reach both the
island and the fort that is built upon it. Guided tours are run for the
Vauban-built 17th century Fort du Petit Bé in French, though
information leaflets are also available in English.

Grand Aquarium

The Grand Aquarium is one of the largest in France, and can
be found around 4km south of the main city centre. Among the exhibits on local
marine life, tropical fish and mangrove forests are attractions such as the
Nautibus, a simulation of a descent in an underwater submarine, as well as a
touch pool, where you can get hands on with rays and turbots.

Beaches

One of the main attractions of St Malo is its beaches, and
there are certainly plenty here to choose from, including the Plage de
l’Eventail, Plage du Mole and the Plage de Bon Secours. The Plage de Bon
Secours also has a protected tidal swimming pool for safer swimming, or the
more adventurous can climb the ladder to the top of the walls before jumping
into the sea.

Fort National

Standing on top of a rocky outcrop, Fort National can only
be accessed at low tide, though it’s worth waiting for the limited crossing to
visit. Seen from the northern stretch of the town’s ramparts, reaching the fort
you’ll find the interesting remains of a former prison, built by Vauban in
1689.

Cathédrale de St Vincent



Last but not least is the centrepiece of St Malo, the
Cathédrale de St Vincent has changed significantly through the centuries, with
its earliest construction taking place in the 12th century. After
construction was finally completed in the 18th century, much of the
cathedral was reduced to rubble in 1944, including the spire. Subsequently the
cathedral was rebuilt and reconsecrated in 1971, restored to its former glory.


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, Dennis Jarvis,
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