Are you doing a roadtrip to Saint-Malo? You chose to stay in Dol de Bretagne to see the Mont Saint Michel and discover north Brittany, it is a good idea. Now to go to St Malo, we tell you the best stop between Dol de Bretagne and Saint-Malo by car.
As you may know, Saint-Malo is a famous town in North Brittany. If you are doing a roadtrip to Saint-Malo, don’t go directly to Saint-Malo with the highway. There is plenty of things and places you can visit, use the coast road. It’s better to leave EDD hostel before lunch 🙂
Dol de Bretagne
Starting spot of my car trip adventure from Dol de Bretagne !
Visit this town before starting your trip. It’s a beautiful small town from the 6th century with colorful typical houses in the main street and the historic cathedral Saint-Samson. Do not forget to stop at the menhir, it is just 5 mins drvie from Edd Hostel.
It takes only 5 mins from Dol de Bretagne to reach the top of Mont Dol. I parked in a free parking at the top, then walked around and saw the panorama view over the Mont-Saint-Michel’s Bay and beautiful Bretagne’s fields. From the Mont-Dol, you can see from Cancale to Granville, you basically get a view of the whole Bay. You can even see great sunrises and sunsets 😉 If you want to know more about Mont Dol, you should check this article !
From Mont-Dol, follow the direction Le Vivier sur Mer to reach Mont-Saint-Michel’s Bay then drive along the bay to Cancale. I stopped at Hirel and enjoyed a little walk while looking at the Mont St Michel. The bay is so calm and peaceful. I wanted to try land sailing because my colleague told me it’s pretty awesome. But I decided to just chill out and be Zen. I will try land sailing next time for sure. You can read his experience of land sailing at the Bay in that blog!
I arrived around noon to the Port of Cancale. I parked at the “église de Cancale” then walked around the city center. Then, I bought some food at the super market and walked down to the port. As I knew Cancale is known for the quality of its oysters and sea product I bought oysters from the market and ate them next to the sea ?
Here is a blog which is talking about Cancale !
Pointe du Grouin
After my lunch, I stayed around the port and went back to the car. Then I went to “La Pointe du Grouin” which takes only a few minutes drive. There you will get a wonderful view of the sea of north Brittany with tiny Mont St Michel. I parked at the parking then walked along the GR34 (walking path along Brittany coast). What a wonderful view I had !
Watch ou great video about La Pointe du Grouin with a drone. I walked 1 hour then got back to the car to reach Saint Malo !
St Malo by the coast
For the end of this roadtrip to Saint-Malo, there is a road from Pointe du Grouin to St Malo. This road is following beautiful beaches. You will see billboards the indicated beaches. Stop where you want and explore. All along there is the GR34 trail so you can walk along the sea.
If you like walking, check this article : Our best hikes (without car)
For about 40 mins, I drived next to the awsome seaside while following the direction of Saint Malo. Once in St Malo, I followed the direction “Intra Muros”, as it is my goal . There are no free parking inside Intra Muros even around it, and it’s quite hard to find yourself a spot to park, especially in high seasons, but no worries there’s always a place !
I discovered the old town and the beaches that French people love. I stayed at Saint Malo untill sunset and I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets directly from the ramparts. It was just gorgeous !
Check this blog if you don’t know about Saint Malo yet !
After this wonderful visit in Saint Malo, I went back to the cute little town of Dol de Bretagne by the highway. It takes less than 30 mins.
I loved my roadtrip to Saint-Malo. I hope you will enjoy yours!
It’s really possible to do it in one day, like this you can save other parts of Brittany for the next day, like Dinan, Saint-Suliac etc 🙂
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN TO ENJOY SAINT-MALO BY CAR !
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If you want other trip ideas in Bretagne check on our blog!
You can also check the site of the tourist office!
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