Enjoy the imitable combination of coastal splendour and medieval history in the wondrous and walled city of Saint Malo. An impressive citadel reigns supreme over the seaside city, whose rugged beach and ancient history allures thousands of tourists; a pretty and picturesque harbour encompasses maritime traditions while sophisticated shops and refined restaurants reside upon the cobbled corners of the sinuous streets. Venturing a little further afield than the fortress will afford visitors enthralling experiences of the Normandy region, with its intriguing history, beautiful beaches and mystical greenery.
With its authoritative posture and vertiginous perch, St. Malo Citadel is an arresting architectural vision that houses ancient and astounding sights. One of the most elegant ecclesiastical buildings is the Cathedrale St. Vincent, an iconic monument whose skyward spire towers over the atmospheric Old Town. Originating from the 12th century, the Gothic grandeur of the structure will make even the most experienced travellers wax lyrical.
Housed in one of Saint-Malo’s most iconic landmarks is the Museum of St. Malo, a cultural and compelling collection of art and artefacts that resides within the significant structure of the Saint Malo Castle. Educational themes include the city’s maritime legacy, Romantic writers from the region and the world war one occupation.
With its prime location upon the seafront, it comes as no surprise that St. Malo’s signature speciality is seafood. A restaurant devoted to creating delectable dishes using the bounty of the sea is Restaurant Giles, a warm and welcoming place whose daily changing menu boasts freshly caught fish and seafood. Sample roasted sea bream and grilled king prawns for a traditional taste of fabulous French fare. (2 Rue Pie qui Boit, Saint-Malo, France)