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St-Malo Guide

Guide to St-Malo

This guide covers the Old Town including places of interest both inside and outside the walls. Aerial maps are provided to aid orientation.

St-Malo is home to a large selection of restaurants and there are suggestions for places to eat that should suit most budgets. Information on travelling to the city, average monthly weather conditions and a short history complete the guide.

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St-Malo Citadel Citadel A guide to the splendid citadel of St-Malo with historic sites to visit such as the castle and Cathedrale St-Vincent.

Also known as the Old Town, the labyrinthic network of lanes are surrounded by impressively preserved walls which give fine views over the town and sea.

St-Malo Beaches and Islands Beaches and Islands Visitors to St-Malo are treated to an added bonus in the shape of several sandy beaches a mere stone's throw away.

Although these are covered at high tide, when the sea retreats it is possible to walk out to several small offshore islands, some of which have well maintained fortifications.

St-Malo Surrounding Area Surrounding Area There are a number of possibilites for exploring the immediate vicinity beyond the city walls.

St-Servan, older than St-Malo, is the district to the south and contains the Grand Aquarium. The seaside resort of Parame and main beach stretches away from St-Malo to the east, while to the west lies the picturesque Rance Estuary.

St-Malo Restaurants Restaurants St-Malo is a food lover's heaven and as expected has a very strong bias towards seafood. It is reported that there are more fish restaurants here than in any other city in France.

There is extensive choice ranging from Michelin starred gourmet restaurants to basic no frills creperies.

St-Malo Getting There Getting There A visit to St-Malo is made easy by good access with a number of different ways to get to the city.

Getting the ferry to St-Malo is popular, with overnight or fast connections for both foot and car passengers. The airport is a 20 minute transfer and flights take just over one hour. Finally, rail users can change at Paris for the 3 hour journey by TGV.

St-Malo Weather Weather St-Malo is a town for all seasons with opportunities ranging from sunbathing in summer to bracing coastal walks in winter. The weather page should help determine the ideal time of year for a trip to the city.

These average monthly weather charts show the maximum and minimum temperatures along with sunshine hours and rainfall.

St-Malo History History The ancient "City of Corsairs" has one of the most turbulent histories of any town in France. Founded over two thousand years ago, St-Malo was often caught between the conflicting interests of Brittany, England and France.

The city has produced some famous sons including the explorer, Jacques Cartier, who is credited with discovering Canada.

 

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