Enjoy the walled city!
Enjoy the walled city!
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, enjoy your holiday and walk on the ramparts of Saint-Malo.
Walking on the ramparts is undoubtedly one of the most sought after activities. Take a walk and enjoy the most popular vistas of the city of Saint-Malo and its surroundings. A moment you will never forget!
Although the first enclosure is almost 1000 years old (built in 1155), most of the ramparts you can see nowadays are from the 18th century. They were erected by the architect Garangeau, famous for having worked for Vauban.
The ramparts form a loop of approximately two kilometers. This high wall borders the city of Saint Malo. You can access the ramparts from several stairs between each entrance.
Unforgettable memories in Saint-Malo
Walking the whole loop of the ramparts of Saint-Malo takes about an hour. You will find exits all through out.
We recommend starting this walk from the Porte de Saint-Thomas, which is just behind Place Chateaubriand. This access point offers an amazing view: to its right, one can find the long beach of the Sillon, the Fort National in front of it and the islet of Grand Bé to its left. A great opportunity to take pictures!
Don’t forget to pack a warm sweater, as the narrow streets of the old town can sometimes be very cool.
During your stay at the hotel, take a moment to explore the Fort National a have a great time!
The Fort National is undoubtedly an emblematic place of the walled city. Definitely a must see attraction in Saint-Malo. It is far from being just a military purposed architecture. This magnificent structure has been linked to various historical events over the past three centuries.
Vauban and Garangeau designed the architecture in 1689. This historic building is located on an islet of Saint-Malo. Its primary purpose was to defend the islet. The beach below the Fort is mentioned in the famous ‘Mémoires d’Outre-Tombe’ of Châteaubriand, which tells how he almost died drowned falling off the ship along with some of his comrades.
On August 13, 1944, as the war stormed, the Fort National hosted more than a hundred people, who were seeking shelter from the enemy bombardments.
Classified as a historical monument since 1913, it is is accessible at low tide, and offers a remarkable panorama!
A spectacular military site
Today, the Fort National is mostly known for offering an exceptional setting. It is regularly reserved for film and photo shoots. We recommend guided visits to make the most out of your Fort National experience. A great opportunity to learn a fascinating history lesson, with lots of exciting anecdotes!
If you are in for a short stay at the hotel, delight yourself to a journey through time and visit the incredible House Corsair!
Listed as a historical monument, this «mansion» was built almost 300 years ago at the request of the shipowner and privateer François-Auguste Magon de La Lande, who was also the director of the Compagnie des Indes Orientales.
The House Corsaire offers an exceptional setting. It now hosts prestigious weddings and it’s open to guided tours, which will immerse you in the Malouine city of yesteryear.
Find out more about the thrilling stories of this building of over 700 m². It is one of the only shipowners’ hotels in Saint-Malo to have been spared by the bombings of the Second World War. With a total of 59 rooms, the House Corsair offers a faithful overview of the Falklands residences that belonged to the powerful shipowners of the region. It has a typical design, which will delight architecture lovers.
Lovers of adventure stories will also be delighted: the House has a huge collection of weapons and corsair chests, as well as various documents and coins! You will also have the opportunity to discover the cellars, which was a prison during the Revolution. Its forged ramp staircase, multiple rooms with marbled fireplaces, hidden stairs, and many other mysteries will surprise you. Book a guided tour!
Discover the origins of Saint-Malo with the city of Alet!
Just a few minutes from the old town, and close to the port of Bas Sablons is the city of Alet, a quiet peninsula. It offers a breathtaking view of the Emerald Coast and the Intramuros. Alet is part of the origin of Saint-Malo. You can see the entire harbour, the bay of Saint-Malo, but also the walled city and the estuary of the Rance. Many beautiful viewpoints just for you!
The city of Alet was the very first location of the inhabitants of Saint-Malo.
During the 12th century, the heart of the city was transferred to the inner city (as it is today.) During your walk around the City of Alet, you will have the opportunity to see many historical buildings. You can appreciate the beautiful Saint-Pierre Cathedral, the oldest place of worship in the region. This site is a real archaeological gem, One can still see part of the constructions from the Gallo-Roman period (4th century). Lovers of medieval constructions will also be able to discover the majestic Solidor Tower, which was at the time the only crossing point between the towns of the hinterland and the coast.
Saint-Malo, its heritage treasures, its breathtaking views and the City of Alet are real must see attractions during your stay!