Saint-Malo is a walled port city in Brittany in north-western France on the English Channel. It is nowadays an important seaside resort, and one of the most visited places in Brittany.
Saint-Malo is a walled port city in Brittany in north-western France on the English Channel. From there you can take a ferry to cross the channel to England or go to the channel islands: Jersey and Guernsey.
Saint-Malo became notorious as the home of the corsairs, French privateers and sometimes pirates, the most famous being the so-called Surcouf. The corsairs of Saint-Malo not only forced English ships passing up the Channel to pay tribute, but also brought wealth from further afield.
Jacques Cartier, who sailed the Saint Lawrence River and visited the sites of Quebec City and Montreal and is thus credited as the discoverer of Canada, lived in and sailed from Saint-Malo, as did the first colonists to settle the Falklands.
Saint-Malo is nowadays an important seaside resort, and one of the most visited places in Brittany. The city has one of the highest concentration of sea food restaurants in Europe. It is famous for its local oysters from the nearby village of Cancale. It is also the starting place from of The Route du Rhum, a transatlantic single-handed yacht race, which takes places every 4 years in November. It holds among others a Comics festival (Le Quai des Bulles) and a great rock festival in summer and winter (La Route du Rock).
Saint malo is a very nice city to visit any time of the year, even when the weather is not good. The tides in this area of France are among the biggest in Europe and on a hard day impressive waves are breaking against the wall of the medieval city. This is always something nice to contemplate before finding refuge in an old tavern for a bowl of cider and some delicious crepes (thin pancakes from Brittany). On the contrary, on a beautiful day, you can lay down on the sand of the beach down the walls and dive into the seawater open-air swimming pool.