Built on a coastal rock, the city of Saint-Malo always seems to defy the sea and offers a splendid panorama of the seascape and the horizon of the Channel Islands.
A haunt of corsairs
A city of free men Located in Ille-et-Vilaine, Saint-Malo impress. Indeed, if it is known that it was once a haunt of corsairs, the ramparts and the fortress which testify to this give it an unparalleled presence today. Saint Malo was born in Alet, a century BC. J.-C. The Gallo-Roman port gave way to a city founded on an islet in the 12th century. In the 16th century, Jacques Cartier left to discover Canada and fishing armadas returned to Newfoundland. Scouring the maritime routes, the shipowners ensured the fortune of the city. They thrive in the shelter of the ramparts, enlarged by the disciples of Vauban.
Magnificient views of the beaches
In the 18th century, the corsairs Duguay-Trouin and Surcouf confirmed the prestige of Saint-Malo, whose standard flew above the French flag. The tour of the “walls” leads from bastion to tower. On one side, the narrow streets of the city. On the other, magnificent views of the beaches, the port and the forts. From Porte Saint-Vincent, at the entrance to the city, unfold the port basins and Saint-Servan. Between the Saint-Louis and Saint-Philippe bastions, the view opens onto the estuary and Dinard. Up to the Bidouane tower, the beaches stretch out at the foot of the ramparts.
At low tide, the sand dries up to the islands of Grand Bé and Petit Bé. When you reach the castle, the large Sillon beach stretches out. Intramural Inside the ramparts, the walk continues between the tall houses. Accessible on foot, at low tide, the Fort du Petit Bé and the Fort National occupy exceptional locations. From these islets, an unforgettable view extends over 360°. On the Grand Bé, you can pay a posthumous visit to the famous Malouin writer Chateaubriand. Other defensive elements to appreciate outside the walls and on land, the fort of the city of Alet and the Solidor Tower. Saint-Servan is also the starting point for a beautiful walk facing the Rance and the walled town.