With its fortified old town, standing on the Emerald Coast (the coast the goes from Cancale to Cap Fréhel) facing winds and waves, Saint-Malo is one of the jewels of the Breton coastline. Indeed, few towns in France possess as much character as this city from which the “Corsaires” used to leave. It is even difficult to believe, as one paces the pavement of its old town, that the city was practically distroyed during the 1944 bombings. Fortunately, an impressive work of restoration has gave back its luster of yesteryear to the town. It is now even difficult to distinguish the buildings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries from those that were rebuilt. At that time, the town enjoyed a time of prosperity from which it inherited the very beautiful residences of the rich shipowners as well as the ramparts designed by the architect Vauban. The walkway that plays the tightrope walkers on these fortifications is one of the pleasant ways of discovering the town with its many vantage points on the town of Saint-Malo and on the Breton coastline. The walk is 1754 meters long around the old town ! We then plunge into the cobbled streets that lead us to the discovery of the past of Saint-Malo with statues of its great figures (Robert Surcouf, King’s corsaire for example). One then plunges into the great hours of the city with the elegant buildings of dark stone and the small stalls. Outside its walls, Saint-Malo has to be seen from a distance and especially from the heights of Grand Bé, the island that faces the town. At low tide, you can walk there. By paying attention to the sea, otherwise you will have to wait for the next tide to leave! After the historical walk, do not miss the Grand Aquarium with its thousands of fish coming from the oceans of the whole planet.
During your visit to Saint-Malo, I suggest that you try a tour on the Ausquémé, a traditional sailing boat made of wood from 1942. Its captain introduces you to traditional sailing while his chef makes you discover a few delicious specialties of the bay of Mont Saint Michel. During a 4-hour stroll, you can admire the Mont Saint-Michel, Cancale or Saint-Malo while savoring rillettes of mackerel or oysters from Cancale! A beautiful way to discover Saint-Malo and the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel! For more information: http://www.cuisine-corsaire.fr/gourmande_balade.php