Did you know that Brittany is one of the top destination where French are going during their holiday? Will you be surprise if I tell you that Mont Saint-Michel is not what they are going for in the first place?
Let’s visit together my hometown, Saint-Malo!
The Corsair city
Saint-Malo is an important touristic destination in Brittany because of one of its district called intra-muros or ‘within the walls’. It is a must see in the region & it is really easy to reach from Edd Hostel.
Once a fortified island, Saint-Malo is now linked to the mainland but with sea all around! Because of this, intra-muros still feels like an island.
Start your adventure with a stroll in its narrow streets surrounded by imposing shipowner’s houses, then climb on its ramparts to go around. From there, you’ll be able to watch beautiful landscapes over the sea and beaches. Summer or Winter, doesn’t matter, the view is amazing all year long!
Opposite to the old town are two little islands that can be reached at low tide (heed the warnings or you’ll get stuck!).
On one is the Vauban-built Fort National and on the other is the tomb of the writer and politician Chateaubriand, who was born in Saint-Malo in 1768. I really advice you to get up there, salute Chateaubriand, and then just enjoy the gorgeous view 😉 Seagulls song and whispers from the waters will accompany you during your contemplation of the sea.
Inside intra-muros, you will also discover old cobbled streets, now fulled of shops, bars & restaurants. Others districts are also interesting to visit.
If you look carefully, you may find the oldest bar of Saint-Malo called “Le Cafe Du Coin D’en Bas De La Rue Du Bout De La Ville D’en Face Du Port”. Yep, quit a huge name! And it actually mean something, I promiss! I really advice you to have a drink here, the decoration and atmosphere are just unique 🙂
How to get there: To get to Saint-Malo, take the train in front of Edd hostel (1 every hour). It takes 16 minutes to get to Saint-Malo station from Dol de Bretagne. At Saint-Malo railway station, if you decide to walk, go always straight for 15-20mins and you will arrive intra-muros. If you want, you can take a bus in front of the station Bus 1,2,3 or 8 or take the direct shuttle if available. You will arrive in front of the main entrance door of Intra Muros where Tourist Information are.
Where to eat: There is so many restaurants intra muros . Unfortunately some of them are made for tourists. For nice & unique place, check our adress section.
My rate: 5/5
Useful website : Tourist office website
Beach, Heritage, Saint-Malo