This independent travel guide to St-Malo, France is aimed at holidaymakers
planning a visit to the famous "City of Corsairs".
The citadel, beaches and
immediate vicinity are described in the Guide. Ideas for other places to visit are provided in the
Day Trips section whilst the Image galleries cover both the town and nearby Brittany.
Finally, opinion and experiences can be sent in via the Reviews page.
Introduction to the Old Town
The ancient walled city of St-Malo is extremely popular with visitors from all over Europe and in particular
the UK. For some it represents the start or end of a holiday to Brittany via the St-Malo ferry terminal, whilst for others this historic
port/resort is their main destination.
The citadel, also known as the Old Town or Intra-Muros ("within the walls"), was originally built on a rocky island
at the mouth of the Rance estuary.
This strategic position allowed control of both the sea and any trade heading into the interior of Brittany,
helping to shape the stormy and often dark history of the city.
Today, St-Malo is considered by many to be the most attractive
channel port in France and its cobbled streets are brimming with hotels, restaurants, bars and shops.
Tall granite mansion blocks line the characterful lanes and squares, in turn enclosed by a complete circuit
of massive ramparts. The modern harbour now connects the
citadel to the mainland.
Getting Out and About
The city of St-Malo stretches beyond the Old Town to include the districts of St-Servan and Parame.
The original settlement of St-Malo was located in St-Servan prior to moving to its present location and Parame
is a modern seaside resort.
There are some absolute delights awaiting those willing to venture a relatively short distance from the town.
Mont St-Michel is located 50 km to the east, just inside neighbouring Normandy,
while 20 km to the south the stunning medieval city of Dinan rises up alongside the River Rance.
The surrounding Emerald Coast offers some of the most traditional seaside resorts, with pleasant sandy beaches, in this part of France.