By: Condor on 21/09/2011
St Malo Overview
Rugged rocks and grey granite stone edge the coastline of this historic city - a jewel of the French Emerald Coast and most visited destination in Brittany. Centuries of relentless surf-topped waves have shaped the character of St Malo as have the generations of sailors that have weighed anchor here. A prosperous trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries, St Malo once welcomed merchant ships laden with exotic goods, mariners and swashbuckling privateers. Today, this 12th century fortified town is a bustling nautical haven that provides a cordial ‘gateway to France’.
Conveniently located just outside the city walls Mole Beach is adored by sun worshippers who stretch out their towels and wiggle their toes in its shell-scattered sheltered sands.
Golden sands form the backdrop to the city’s cobbled streets at this gorgeous sandy stretch, located below St Malo’s west wall.
Things to see and do hellip;
The Walled City
Marvel at the vistas from St Malo’s 20ft-thick, mile-long stone ramparts on a resplendent backdrop of masts, sails and harbour hubbub above a maze of cobbled medieval streets.
A kaleidoscopic collection of varicoloured tropical river fish and underwater wrecks await discovery within the old city’s walls at the Aquarium Intra-Muros.
Cathedrale St Vincent
Forming a striking centrepiece to the city, this imposing mix of Romanesque and gothic architecture took a staggering six centuries to complete.
Stroll through the tidal shallows to climb an old stone stairway from the ramparts to marvel at the remains of this former prison and its captivating maritime views.
This great wet-weather option for kids is just 4km south of the city. Stroke rays, tickle turbot, ogle a baby shark and revel in 3-D and interactive touch pools!
La Maison de Corsaire
Step back into a bygone age at this elegant 18th-century mansion and historic monument, owned by a former French privateer
Food & Drink …
This well-run eatery specialises in inexpensive seafood set menus with plenty of choice plus options for picky children.
Sample hand-churned gourmet cheeses and creamy golden butters blended with seaweed and coarse sea-salt at Jean- Yves Bordier’s delectable dairy haven.
Savour traditional flavoursome Breton cuisine whilst soaking up yacht-filled vistas.
Devour homemade sweet and savoury crêpes filled with succulent local fruits and cheeses.