20. St-Malo

BRITTANY st malo

Originally a fortified island in the 12th century, St-Malo (pop 49,600) later became a notorious base for merchants and pirates alike, in the 17th century. Often declaring itself Malouin, St-Malo had always attempted to stay autonomous from France, until it became a French commune in 1967. Its historic walled city (built from the same granite as Mont St-Michel), lively port and dramatic landscape has made it a popular summer destination for many (especially those who flock from across the English Channel). About 80% of the area was destroyed in 1944, during WWII. So, what you see today, are rather accurate restorations of the original St-Malo city.

Layout
St Malo comprises of the towns of St-Malo, St-Servan, Paramé and Pothéneuf. The old walled city (Intra-Muros/Ville Close) is located on the north, at the end of Av Louis Martin. You can arrive via ferries, south of the walled city, at Gare Maritime du Naye or west of it, via train, just off Jean-Coquelin.

 Location
St-Malo is located at marker 20 (behind 19) on the map of Brittany below.

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Sights

The principal attraction of St-Malo, is the walled city, which is linked to the mainland by a network of causeways. The city’s ramparts were built in the 17th century by Vauban (military engineer) and some houses withstood the bombings. The city unveils the life of the privateers (aka pirates) in the land, along with other architectural gems like the Cathédrale St-Vincent [12 Rue Saint-Benoist, +33 299408231] and the Château St-Malo [Place Chateaubriand, +22 299407157] which houses a museum [ad/ch €5.20/2.60] inside.

Other sights in and around St-Malo, are the 4 beaches, the interesting Grand Aquarium [Rue du Général Patton, +33 299211900 www.aquarium-st-malo.com ad/ch €15.50/9.50] and the nearby Île du Grand Bé- a rocky islet that reveals itself when the tides are low.

 

 


ST MALO MAP:   1.  Tourist office   2.  Cathédrale St-Vincent   3.  Château St-Malo   4.  Grand Aquarium (south of map limits)  5.  Train station  

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INTRAMUROS MAP:   1.  Tourist office   2.  Cathédrale St-Vincent   3.  Château St-Malo   4.  Grand Aquarium   5.  Train station 

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