Saint Malo is a historic walled town on the English Channel in Brittany, in northwestern France. It is among the most popular destinations in Brittany, partly because of the spectacular walled city or intramuros villa and partly because cross-channel travelers on the ferry begin or end their trip to Brittany here. Either way, Saint Malo is well worth a tour to see not just the ramparts and the walled city, but also the beaches and the tidal power station. One more thing – Saint Malo has the most number of seafood restaurants in all of France, so you have got to try the famous Oysters brought in from Cancale. You will need to rent a car in Saint Malo if you wish to be a tourist here or head off to other destinations in Brittany.
You can start by visiting the tourist information office on Esplanade Saint-Vincent. Obviously, the entire walled city or La Ville Intra-Muros is itself a big attraction so anything you see or do here is a tourist activity. But there are traditional historic attractions like the Chateau, which now houses the town hall and a museum. The ramparts with 12 foot walls are from the 12th century and you can walk on them and admire the sweeping view. The Cathedral of St. Vincent is even older, and dates back to the 9th century AD. The aquarium in the walled city is one of the biggest ones in France. Get a car for hire in Saint Malo and you will be able to move around outside the walled city, where you will find attractions like the 14th century Solidor Tower in Saint-Servan. The Rance Tidal Power Station is among the most visited attractions in Brittany.
If you are going to be visiting the beaches here, most people start with the Grand Be, where you will find the final resting place of the famous writer Chateaubriand. If you visit the Petit Be, you will find a well preserved fort (Fort du Petit Be) which dates back to the Louis XIV era. Grande Plage is the main 2-mile beach northeast of the walled city and extends all the way to Parame. All the hotels and seaside resorts outside the walled city are located here. Plage du Mole is the southernmost beach, and quite crowded during the summer because it is small and well protected.
Saint Malo is quite a handful even for the most avid tourist, and the attractions and beaches are enough to keep you occupied for days. But if you feel like taking a nice drive, then there are excellent destinations nearby. You can reach Mont Saint Michel within an hour on the N176. The medieval city of Dinan is even closer, being just 40 minutes away on the N176. Cancale can be reached with a 25 drive on the D355.
There are nine agencies at the Saint Malo Dinard Pleurtuit Airport (DNR) offering a car rental in Saint Malo for travelers. One of the agencies even has an office in the city, on Boulevard de la République. But there is no need to go around looking for them. It is far easier to compare all the agencies online, select the best deal and book your vehicle right now.
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