The beach is located on the wall of this corsair city. During low tide you can walk to the island of Petit-Bé and Grand-Bé (where the French writer Chateaubriand is buried). There's a huge sea water swimming pool that forms at low tide, with a diving board! It's a good idea not to have to walk yards and yards to get into the water because of fast rising tides. Like at Mont Saint Michel, be careful if you decide to visit the islands because you can get stranded. There are signs that warn what to do in case you are surprised by the rising tide and strong currents. In the month of August, this beach is celebrated as part of the "Route du Rock", 3 consecutive days of concerts, with 5,000 spectators per night.
After eating and tiring from walking the streets of St Malo with its innumerable shops and restaurants and visiting the most important parts of the city, we needed some fresh air and a little more of a relaxed activity. We decided to take a walk around the top of the walls. Seven feet thick and two miles long, the walls are in excellent condition. There was a beautiful sea breeze on this cloudy day and from this level, we were able to see another perspective of the buildings, beaches and forts in the city. In short, a highly recommended walk.
"With ten guns on each side, booming, full sail ... Twenty dams have done in spite of English and have surrendered their banners hundred nations at my feet". This famous poem might have been the corsair city emblem par excellence: Saint Malo. Although the letter of marque had been granted by the French State with many ships to attack enemy ships with justification, the corsairs of Saint Malo were given, in neutral situations, were given the license to loot and they become the biggest predators of the Canal de la Mancha. Fort National was witness to many of these episodes though it was built with the intention of defending the city from invasion from the mainland. The fort is on a peninsula which, at high tide, is surrounded by water, at these times you cannot approach it and the most you can do to is use the zoom of your camera.
A beautiful gothic cathedral in the Romanesque style, with foundations dating back to the twelfth century. The design seems very slightly off-centre to me, but that could just be my impression. The windows are very modern and bright, and the altar is just wonderful. In each corner there is a representation of one of the four evangelists, and on the outside there are fascinating gargoyles. One that I found especially fun was a dragon devouring a man, who is howling in terror.
The port of Saint-Malo is an interesting place, close to many European countries. It has a great deal of maritime traffic, both cargo and passengers, and extends throughout the city, with passages connected by locks. The neighboring port of Vauban is dedicated to recreational craft.
Saint Malo has long been one of the most desirable locations for its neighboring regions. While in the Middle Ages it was an important strategic point for exchanging goods via land and sea, nowadays it is the historic heritage and has beautiful sand beaches. Its inhabitants at that time were considered to be neither French nor Breton but simply malouins. This thought prompted them to besiege the castle keep, a symbol of power of the citadel. In this conflict of interest with France and Britain, the Republic of Saint Malo was declared independent. It is a Republic which has a population of apporximately twenty thousand inhabitants ... Did you know that the Falkland Islands are named after the early settlers who sailed from Saint Malo? You didn´t? Well, now you know.
The most curious thing about this beach is that there are huge wooden stakes lying all over with mussels growing on them. From the beach you can clearly see the National Fort which is accessible on foot at low tide (it´s privately owned but tour guides are available). From this fort located in Saint Malo near Mont Saint Michel, the views of the beach and the city are beautiful. This beach is also great for children because several kinds of shells and stones wash up during low tide.
We had about 8 hours of time to spare strolling around the streets of Saint Malo when we were heading to the car park to go back to Arzano, for which we had about 230 miles when Amparo proposed the idea of a beer before starting. Looking for somewhere to go that was not the classic pizzeria, we found a creperie and chilled out there in this city. In ended up being great. It reminded me a lot of my youth when Madrid became full of fashionable typical Irish Pubs. These typical bars, tables and chairs, the fireplace, the old piano and especially the background music. Bob Marley gave the place a feeling that I hadn't felt in a long time and it felt that much better with a good mojito and a beer. Maybe all this place the name suggestive of LA BELLA TIME, certainly a nice place to relax after a hard day of visiting Saint Malo.
If you want to discover the sweet and savory delights of the Breton region, you should undoubtedly go to the Delices du Gouverneur. Recommended by the guides and the locals, this small stand will allow you to taste the local specialties: kouign love, Breton fruit or plums, sausage patties or pancakes with salted caramel butter. There is something for everyone, especially for gourmets!
Les Thermes Marins de Saint Malo is a thalassotherapy centre. Here you'll find a sauna, steam bath, aquatonic, waterskiing classes, swimming, cardio, jogging ... and plenty to help you appreciate the benefits of sea water and algae. There's a beautiful saltwater pool an an incredible spa centre. Expensive but worth it, the perfect place to relax.
If you are in Saint-Servan-sur-Mer, you should take the path around the peninsula of the city of Aleth, where the fortress stands. This is a quiet pedestrian walkway under the cedars. There were German fortresses around, and were transformed into "modern sculptures" or climbing walls. The views are beautiful, in the estuario del Rance, the Solidor Tower in Saint Malo, and its port.
Located in the northwest of the city of Saint Malo, the Bidouane tower is one of the main towers of the ramparts of Malo. It's 23 meters high, and almost 15 meters wide, which makes it really impressive. In addition, it offers visitors a beautiful view of the surroundings: one side has Bon Secours beach, the murals, the Gran Ser and the tomb of Chateaubriand, and Fort National on the other. It was built in the fifteenth century, reformed over time, and was completed in the seventeenth century.
Throughout the day in Saint-Malo, the dam is a paradise for tourists. At night, mostly locals, walk with family and admire the sunsets. Cyclists also benefit from the dam, which is theoretically reserved for pedestrians ...
Not far from Saint Malo is the Cité d'Atleth. It is set atop a hill with amazing views of the mouth of the Rance River. You will find the Solidor Tower (1382), the ruins of the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre and you can take a ride around the peninsula and see the memorial to the Second World War (8 bunkers). It has a very central camping site.
What I love about a wall are the exterior exits - monumental doors, fisheye windows and stilted arches that seem to hold you as you pass between pillars. I could continue describing all kinds of passages in Art History terms but I mostly like this place for the surprise effect it had on me. It was a spring day in Saint Malo and though it was very sunny, the sea moisture was cold and the wind flapped gulls, so I had to go and get warm. Up and down those intra mural streets curiosity piqued me and pushed me into a hole in the wall. I looked and there was the sea. Curiosity deserves a kiss! Actually, I was told, it was not my discovery as everyone knew what was on the other side. I was disappointed but spellbound by what I saw - the Bé Islands - surviving the fierce water which is never to be trusted. They are 500m from Bon Secours beach (510m from my window) and therein lies the father of French romantic literature, the diplomat Chateaubriand.
A beautiful park covering 15,000 m2, along the coast from the end of the beach to the Solidor Rance. Between sea and forest, this is an unusual, beautiful, and almost mystical place. It has several viewpoints overlooking the sea and the city of Dinar. There are plenty of benches where you can sit down and relax, contemplating nature. The perfect spot for a stroll.
The city of Saint-Malo has a lot to offer tol tourists who visit and there are countless Saint-Malo activities to choose from. This city is a commune of France, located in Brittany in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine. It's located in an extraordinary area along the northern coast of France. It's also close to Mount Saint Michel, and due to the attractiveness of both places it's a popular destination for visitors.
Start exploring the best Saint-Malo attractions at the beach. The beach is located under the wall of Corsair. At low tide you can easily walk to the island of Petit Bé and Grand Bé. It's one of the most important places to visit in Saint-Malo because it's where the largest changes in tides in Europe happens, so keep that in mind if you decide to visit the islands. Next to the beach, the things to do in Saint-Malo are organized around the walls of Saint-Malo. In perfect condition and at seven meters wide and two kilometers long, they provide another perspective of its buildings, its beaches, and the forts that surround it. There are many cultural attractions in Saint-Malo, like the National Fort, which was built to defend the city from an invasion from the mainland centuries ago. Also among the most visited and famous things to see in Saint-Malo is the port, where there's a constant bustle of cargo ships and travelers. Finally, there are several churches to visit, like the Cathedral of Saint Vincent.
Still wondering what to do in Saint-Malo? Don't worry because the list of stuff to do in Saint-Malo is endless. Also, don't forget to bring your camera to capture the best memories of your visit to the city!