the "City of Corsairs"
The ramparts of Saint-Malo overlook the beaches and the harbour. The facades, bastions and towers rise up from the city and give the town its unique silhouette. Do not miss the walk over the ramparts for stunning views! Saint-Malo is also famous for having the most powerful tides of Europe. It is fascinating to see high waves splashing on the walls during high coefficient tides (nearly every month but especially in Autumn and Spring).
Inside the walls (intra-muros), walk in the narrow streets, do shopping and feel centuries of history. Visit the cathedral, where Jacques Cartier, the discoverer of Canada is buried. Interesting is the Corsair's mansion, XVIII century: the owner himself guides you inside. The House of Poets and Writers or Duchess Ann Mansion are other beautiful old houses. At low tide, head to the island of Grand Bé where Chateaubriand, the famous romantic writer has his grave or to Fort National, a monument built in 1689 by Vauban and Garangeau.
Fun for the whole family
The Great Aquarium. An unforgettable dive into the world's oceans. From the majestic collection of sharks, the Nautibus submarine or the Abyssal Descender.
The Saint-Malo maze (Labyrinthe du Corsaire). The privateers (le Renard and l'Etoile du Roy).
The international Cape Horners museum situated in Tower Solidor in Saint-Servan district (Musée International du Long Cours Cap Hornier), the city history museum (in the castle), The museum of cod fishermen (Terreneuvas).
At a short drive
Jacques Cartier museum and the carved rocks (Rochers sculptés) in Rotheneuf district.
Zoo of la Bourbansais Castle in Pleugueneuc or Cobac park, an amusement park in Lanhélin.
On the trail of the shipowners
Go back in time and visit the country mansions of the shipowners. Above hundred of these manors still exist but just a few can be visited such as the Malouinière de la Chipaudière and the the Malouinière du Puit Sauvage in Saint-Malo and the Malouinière of thhe Ville Bague in Saint-Coulomb.