By: Peter Carbery, Daily Star on 06/08/2012

St Malo is a Britt of all right

The walled town of Saint-Malo is perfect for a day trip if you don’t want to bring the car with you, since it is just a five-minute walk from the ferry terminal and there’s plenty to see and do within those

imposing ramparts.

 

Foodies can indulge themselves along Rue de l’Orme, with its butchers, fishmongers, bakers, cheesemongers…and butter museum. Yes, a butter museum.

 

Check out the swing seats at the bar in La Java (3 rue Sainte-Barbe), an 1820 bistro whose walls and ceilings are festooned with bric-a-brac, posters and pictures of bygone ages.

 

Taking the car allows exploration further afield. Go west for the pretty coastal towns and beaches of Dinard and Le Val Andre, while the sheer splendour of Mont St-Michel – the breathtaking gothic abbey

sitting atop a tidal island – is well worth the 50km drive along the east coast and into Normandy.

 

For our four-night stay we based ourselves in a two-bedroom apartment in Saint-Servan, the cute fishing port beside the old town.

 

A rather daunting wooden spiral staircase snaked up to the third floor but instant reward came with the view across the bay.

 

The apartment, tastefully renovated in whitewashed walls and open-plan wooden beams and floors, also boasted a kitchen that made a shopping trip to the nearby Carrefour supermarket a must.

 

And then there was the joy of strolling to the patisserie, home of a sinful array of cakes and pastries. Park me in front of a black coffee and smother butter on to a baguette…what’s the French for “c’est la vie” again?

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