Spend your weekend in Saint-Malo, the corsair city with its unique atmosphere! Between Intra-Muros, the old medieval looking like town surrounded by ramparts; the several beaches all around Saint-Malo, and the original shops… Come and have some fresh air while discovering that attractive Breton city!
What to do during week-end in Saint-Malo?
First thing you need to know is that Saint-Malo is a port city, basing its several activities on the theme of sea. As soon as you’ll get in, you’ll notice the authenticity of a nice Breton town that Saint-Malo is spreading. Especially in its old medieval center: Intra Muros! Its proximity with the sea gives it a little wild aura, which is probably why that town attract that much people!
Going along the Sillon beach
Before getting in the most important part of the town: Intra Muros, we decided to have a walk on the Sillon beach. It is the longest beach of the medieval city, and feeling the marine air is really refreshing while we observe the Malouin people playing in the sand, walking and fishing. You can also notice all along the walls the breakwater that reduce the power of waves. Those tree trunks have a surprising shape!
Visit the old town: Intra Muros
Let’s head toward Saint-Vincents door! That massive entrance is one of the several doors allowing people to enter in the mighty city. When you pass it, it feels exactly like entering a whole different world! While seeing the little train moving just next to us, we notice the dog shaped engravings on the manhole cover : we learn here that it is in fact the watch dog of Saint-Malo. Those famous dogs were guarding the city once the curfew time comes, from the WVII century to the year 1770. The paved streets surrounded by granite building are the expression of an unequaled rustic charm!
Nice ballad on the rampart of Intra-Muros
The ramparts allow us to have a great and clear view on Intra-Muros and the sea. There’s so much wind up there! Therefore, we’re visiting all the city and finally arrived at the Jacques Cartier statues: the man who discover Canada. He went there starting from Saint-Malo!
Going to Bon-Secours beach
Going down the Bon-Secours beach, where a surprising extern swimming pool stands. There’s always natural marine water in that pool 😀
Sea is low tide today, we can therefore climb that semi-Island: Le Grand Bé! That little islet, surrounded by sea when it’s high tide, is known to be the place where the grave of Chateaubriand lies.
A bit hungry?
After that little ballad, we just want to have a break! Sweet smell from pastries are leading us toward a shop of Kouign Aman! That delicious Breton pastry in hand, we’re going then to the “Café du coin d’en bas de la rue du bout de la ville d’en face du port”… funny name isn’t it? 😀
That place is also known as the “Java Café”; typical ambiance with a lot of puppet decorating the whole place (over 1000 puppets!), we do appreciate sitting in that comfy place…
Where to sleep
At 15 min. by train from Saint-Malo lies Edd Hostel! Hostel just nearby the train station of Dol de Bretagne, that establishment will provide you one of the friendliest place in the area, giving you the opportunity to meet people from all around the world!
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