explore the corsair city of saint-malo

The Bay of Saint-Malo is an essential tourist destination that offers its visitors an incredible range of possibilities. Between land and sea, its heritage, its history, its landscapes, its leisure activities are rich in diversity.

a historical city

The city of Saint-Malo has a unique history. It has gone through the ages, constantly renewing itself. Its name “Saint-Malo” is explained by the arrival of a Welsh monk named Maclow who called the town Maclou; transformed into Malo, then Saint-Malo. This historic city is also called “La Cité Corsaire”, due to its many corsairs fighting the enemy ships of the King or the Emperor.

From the Porte Saint-Vincent to the Porte Saint-Thomas the walk is splendid. The spire of Saint-Vincent Cathedral dominates the city. The Grand’ Porte with its two towers is remarkable. The top of the Bidouane Tower reveals a fascinating 360° panorama. No less than 4 museums allow you to discover and understand the history of Saint-Malo: the History Museum in the castle, the 39-45 Memorial, the Long-Cours Cap-Hornier Museum and the Jacques Cartier Museum.

Several remarkable sites
also reveal a preserved nature. The cornice of Aleth offers a breathtaking view of the city, the estuary of the Rance, the rock of Grand Bé, the forts of Petit Bé and the island of Cézembre. The Pointe de la Varde, protected by the Conservatoire du Littoral, is a real paradise for walkers. The Parc de la Briantais opens onto the Bay off the coast with the Solidor Tower in the foreground.

bay activities of saint malo

The Cité Corsaire is renowned for being a pleasant and welcoming seaside resort all year round. To increase its attractiveness and welcome more people, a new TGV station has been built. The latter offers many connections, including an LGV line 2 hours from Paris.

Saint-Malo is a vast playground for nautical activities. Sailing, kayaking, surfing, kitesurfing, sand yachting, paddleboarding, coast sailing, diving, fishing, boat rental, cruising, outings on old rigs, all horizons are open by the sea…

The Bay of Saint-Malo is also renowned for its high tides, the tidal range is one of the largest in Europe, when the coefficient exceeds 100 the spectacle is spectacular. At low tide the foreshore is prolific for shore fishing.

Saint-Malo is also a unique destination for hiking, on foot, by bike or on horseback, the GR34 passes a few steps from the hotel and many tourist trails are laid out on the territory.

Events in the city of Saint Malo


International Film and Book Festival organized since 1990 in Saint-Malo on the Pentecost weekend in May.


The famous solo transatlantic sailing race that connects Saint-Malo to Pointe à Pitre takes place every 4 years in November.


The Comics and Image Festival known for its exhibitions takes place every year in October.


Multihull event organized every 4 years since 1984 in collaboration with the City of Lévis.


Rock festival organized since 1991 in August by the Rock Tympans association.


Saint-Malo has always been a magical place to experience the highest tides in Europe up close.