Saint Malo is a fascinating and historical city for a day visit, on the Brittany Coast, about 2 hours easy drive from our Gite. The old part of the city is walled with fortifications, guarding the ancient port outside and winding, narrow streets inside. There are numerous cafes and restaurants, a small but interesting zoo and many shops selling souvenirs and local specialty chocolates, nougat, cheese and galettes, among others. We favoured the rather up-market Lion d’Or restaurant next to Saint Vincent’s Gate for our special lunch treat but there are plenty other restaurants, particularly good for seafood. Wikipedia has an interesting article about the history of Saint Malo, from the 1st century Gaul settlement, through the time of the “Corsairs” (pirates) to its more modern role as an important centre for fighting in the Second World War and, latterly, a ferry port for the Channel Islands and beyond.
Some views of Saint Malo –
Visit in 2022
We also visited in 2022, with family and took photos then. As well as the harbourside, we strolled along the City Walls, past monuments to Jacques Cartier (pioneer explorer of Canada), Louis-Antoine de Bougainville (founder of the Falkland Islands), Rene-Dougyay Trouin (famous pirate) and Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand (author and politician).