Situated on the estuaries of Rance river in Northern France, Saint-Malo is a popular historic town. The town has a rich history due to a long tradition of piracy and loot of the English ships passing the channel. Today, this fortified city attracts tourists for its classic old town, local seafood
The old town area has all must do things in St Malo. So let’s go inside.
La Grand’ Porte
There are multiple entry points for the old town but why not to choose the main, grand gate. The gate has two robust towers on either side. The grand gate is quite impressive with thick walls and intentional kept iron gate and old pulleys to lift the door to open in the past time. There is a
The road in front of the gate is Grande Rue and it leads to Cathédrale Saint-Vincent de Saint-Malo. There are numerous restaurants, souvenir shops on both the sides of the street.
Old town fortification/ Rampart
This rampart is a characteristic feature of St. Malo and is a ‘must see’ attraction for visitors. It starts from Porte Saint-Vincent – little north-east of the main entrance but one can climb on the walls from grand gate also. Walk around this fortification is free. It offers scenic views over the river Rance,
From this town wall, people like to watch the dramatic tidal changes on
In the St. Malo, not only the rampart walk is the fun but also the old town streets and lanes. There are numerous narrow lanes flanked by tall grey blocks of stone buildings. Today, these buildings have branded shops, restaurants
Try local delicacies
While walking through lanes of the old city of St. Malo, you will come across lots of restaurants and bakeries selling local specialties. Do not hesitate to enter and taste them. You are gonna love it. Being a coastal town, you will get fresh seafood. Try fresh mussels and oysters. (well, I would recommend going to Cancale for real Oyster treat). You are in the Brittany region of France, I.e. crepes and savory crepes (galettes) are the region’s specialties. Pair your food with