By: Condor Ferries on 08/05/2013
Top Ten Experiences in St Malo
Explore the fruits of France's rich history, with an excursion to the breathtaking tidal island
of Mont-Saint-Michel or an afternoon ramble through the Mediaeval Breton town of Dinan.
At the mouth of the Couesnon River in Normandy, the island of Mont-Saint-Michel towers
dramatically over the surrounding coastline. Coined the "Wonder of the West", the central
Benedictine abbey depicts a Gothic dreamscape for all to see.
The exceptional setting of Dinan, perched on the hillside of the River Rance is an
enchanting tourist destination. The town has retained its charm through the ages, with
many buildings dating back to the 13th Century. Major attractions include the Jacobins
Theatre and the Romanesque St. Saviour's Bastilica.
Delve into the brilliant shopping experiences that France has to offer, with the convenience
of hypermarkets and charming outdoor markets of Dinan and Dinard.
France is famous for its food and wine. Nowhere boasts such an array of fresh and local
produce as the bustling outdoor markets of Dinan and Dinard. Immerse your senses in the
culinary pleasures on display and sample all that French culture has to offer. Dinard
market is open every Tuesday and Thursday, with Dinan's open on Thursday's only.
Launch into the huge range of sporting activities available in Northern France. From water
sports to adrenaline fuelled activities, St. Malo and its surrounding area has it all!
From sand yachting on the beach in St. Malo to ballooning in Dinard, there are activities for
the whole family to enjoy. Surf School St. Malo is open throughout the year, and has a
range of activities on offer including wind-surfing, catamaran sailing and sand yachting.
Likewise, Ballons d'Emeraude in Pleurtuit offers incredible once-in-a-lifetime ballooning
experiences. Floating above the beautiful and breathtaking scenery of North West France
promises a magical finale to your trip.
Investigate one of France's many family attractions. Take a drive on the wild side at the
fabulous Planete Sauvage Safari Park, or monkey around at the Bourbonsais Zoo.
Planete Sauvage boasts a reserve covering more than 80 hectares, a protected area with
in excess of 1,000 animals and 150 different species.
In addition, Bourbonsais Zoo hosts a dynamic range of rare & endangered game,birds and
monkeys. There is a range of educational activities for children, including feeding sessions
and talks to encourage further interest.
The experiences are endless, with Puy du Fol, Asterix Park, Futurescope and even
Disneyland Paris within a short drive of St. Malo.
Sample and enjoy the famous cuisine associated with French culture the world over. St.
Malo is a hotspot for culinary experiences, with a particular expertise in regional classics
such as crepes or dry cider.
Based in the old walled town, a favourite eatery for locals and tourists is Le Creperie des
Lutins. The friendly, quirky interior has a fairytale theme of goblins, elves and fairies, and
there are a number of delicious crepe creations on offer.
6. City break
Get acquainted with one of France's many beautiful cities, offering a great balance for the
perfect city break. Rennes is a wonderful example of French urban living, with shopping,
dining, entertainment and culture to rival the greatest European cities.
Immerse yourself in a range of indulgent spa treatments and therapies on offer at one of
the many luxury boutique hotels in St. Malo.
The fabulous Grand Hotel des Thermes offers an array of relaxing sessions including
seawater, mud, clay and protein-rich algae treatments to ease the stresses of modern life.
8. Chateaux breaks
Take a step into the past with a stay in one of France's famous luxury chateaux in South
Brittany or the Loire. Steeped in rich history, the incredible interiors and beautifully
landscaped gardens provide feelings of extravagance and royalty for an unmissable
The Chateau des Tesnieres near Brittany is an ideal destination for an historical
experience. The milk-white Renaissance-style castle is hidden in 15 acres of serene
parkland and has a breathtaking range of contemporary interior designs and furnishings.
Experience the wonderful selection of seafood offerings in St. Malo and beyond. Take a
little vedette ferry from St. Malo to Dinard for a delightful seafood experience.
L’Abri des Flots is a popular family friendly restaurant. It has an extensive
set menu featuring local produce and prides itself on its excellent service. With its vibrant
ambience and fantastic location, L’Abri des Flots is a great spot for a lunchtime feast and to watch the world go by.
Hedge your bets with a night out at one of France's many exclusive clubs and casinos.
Lucien Barriere Casino is Dinard is a fantastic venue for an exciting gambling experience.
Located on the beachfront, the venue has a 16,500 square foot gaming space featuring
130 gaming machines and 5 tables for an unforgettable Vagas-style experience. The
property also has 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a hotel with 90 rooms to cater for all your