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Saint-Malo, the corsair city

If you are reading these lines, this means that you are surely attracted to Saint-Malo, a coastal town in the region of Brittany in the north east region of France. The nearest major city is Rennes. Britons are are welcoming and generous. Those who come to Saint-Malo usually do so to breathe its rejuvenating sea air, discover its heritage and stroll along the coast. Its location and its harbour mean that Saint-Malo has a rich maritime history.

In the recent years, Saint-Malo has spared no efforts to preserve the environment, constantly ensuring the quality of its beaches and bathing waters. All this makes Saint-Malo an excellent destination for water based activities.

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Go to the Quai Duguau Trouin to see the Etoile du Roy, a replica of a pirate ship built in 1745. With its 47 metres, this 3 mast-ship of 310 tons could accommodate a crew of 240 persons and was armed with 20 guns. A real floating museum! You can take one of the many guided tours offered by the Tourist Office of Saint-Malo to discover the ramparts, the history of this corsair city, the birthplace of Mahe de Labourdonnais (Governor of Mauritius, back in the colonial days), the birthplace of the famous corsair, Robert Surcouf and many more landmarks.

Le Craquelin de Saint-Malo is heir to an ancient tradition. It is a hollow bun, whose lightness and crispness followed by an immediate melting effect makes it a unique product. It is best eaten when spread with butter, jam or cheese. You can eat it as a biscuit for lunch or breakfast. Visit Les Brassins de Saint- Malo, a local brewery located in the heart of the city, where you can taste the first beer made in Saint-Malo.

Saint-Malo is mostly a destination where one can buy local products. So while you are there have a blast buying and tasting Caramel au beurre sale, the Patate de Saint-Malo and the Galettes de sarrasin.

Saint-Malo Tourist Office
Esplanade Saint-Vincent, 35400 Saint-Malo
Tel: +33 (0)8 25 13 52 00

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Saint-Malo station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Saint-Malo.

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