Saint-Malo is Brittany’s most frequented city and has come a long way since its days as a haven for pirates, owing to its convenient coastal location. With sprawling beaches, a charming old city and a fascinating history, it’s not hard to see why so many tourists flock to the French port city that sits pretty on the English Channel. With an abundance of museums, castles, cathedrals and other attractive old buildings to peruse, historians will be kept well entertained. There is also a high number of top quality eateries offering cuisine of all kinds, with a huge focus on seafood and of course, fine wine which is made from vineyards throughout Brittany.
A fuel efficient economy car is perfect for driving around Saint-Malo, where you are unlikely to encounter many difficulties on the road.
Driving in Saint Malo
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Important things to note
By law, you must carry two breathalysers in your car at all times, or face an on the spot fine if caught.
Devices able to detect speed cameras are prohibited; this includes satnav or GPS systems with the capability of showing speed camera sites, such as Points of Interest.
Don’t forget when driving in built up areas in France, you must give way to traffic coming from the right.
Highlights & Hotspots
One of the best ways to experience the magic of Saint-Malo is by walking around the walls of the old town, or Les remparts de Saint-Malo as it’s known. After you’ve observed stunning sea views, you can take a walk around the streets, soaking up the French atmosphere.
Children will love an educational trip to Le Monde du Coquillage, which boasts one of the world’s largest collections of sea shells and pearls. The museum is free and also offers a glimpse into the local maritime history.
Hikers should try finding time to experience GR34, which offers breath taking views of Brittany’s coastline high above its granite cliffs. The various routes available are not especially well marked, so ensure you pick up a map to avoid getting lost.
For a fresh take on Southeast Asian cuisine, seek out Sabaidy. The family run business offer a small yet perfectly formed menu that has had locals coming back for more since opening recently. For a special occasion, try L’Entre Deux Verres, tucked away on Rue des Grandes Degres. Offering a unique twist of French, Mediterranean and international food, this fusion restaurant gets very busy.
Saint-Malo‚Äôs ferry terminal provides ferry rides to destinations across the English Channel including Poole, Portsmouth, Guernsey and Weymouth. Rides take place from early morning to late at night, seven days a week.
The nearest airport to the city is Dinard‚ÄìPleurtuit‚ÄìSaint-Malo Airport, which is around five miles southwest of Saint-Malo via the D301 and D168 going west.