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Saint-Malo, the ideal holiday destination!
Welcome to Saint-Malo, the “city of privateers” teeming with attractions! The town acquired its nickname because back in the 16th century, it served as a refuge for privateers. Today, Saint-Malo is a lovely coastal resort looking out to sea, inspiring exploration and adventure, and is the ideal place to take things easy. In fact, the town’s many historical and heritage buildings give it the feel of an open-air museum. In short, you should definitely visit this town in Brittany with the family or as a couple at least once in your lifetime!
And the ideal holiday base from which to discover Brittany and Normandy? Our Sandaya campsites, of course! They offer everything you need for the happiest of holidays: a water park where you can splash around and have fun, comfortable accommodation for groups of every kind, activities to suit all tastes and a geographic location in the most beautiful tourist regions. Perfect in every way!
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Visit Saint-Malo with the family
A family trip to Saint-Malo is an opportunity to admire a host of historic buildings that bear witness to an illustrious past. From the city walls to the castle via La Demeure de Corsaire, once a privateer’s mansion house now open to visitors... embark on a journey through time that promises to be a fascinating and informative experience for travellers of every age.
Animals may also feature high on the agenda during your family holiday in Saint-Malo! Visit the mini zoo and the large aquarium and let your little treasures admire all sorts of amusing creatures! This is also a great idea for a rainy-day activity (yes, it sometimes rains in Brittany!). And for a warming treat for body and soul, head to Rue de Toulouse to sample one of the Breton specialties: the crêpe... best topped with salted butter caramel, it goes without saying! You’ll also find an array of shops brimming with lovely artisan souvenirs to take back home with you.
Visit Saint-Malo as a couple
Pull on your walking shoes and set off on a hike between land and sea along the Customs Path! It stretches along the Côte d’Emeraude and offers breathtaking views – get a welcome dose of fresh air while you feast your eyes! What could be better than exploring Brittany’s natural wonders while getting some exercise? A wonderful and (very) enjoyable way to stay fit! There’s also plenty of fresh sea air to be had on the Grande Plage du Sillon, the ideal beach for a romantic stroll in any season... and to indulge in the watersports of your choice – try sand yachting, catamaran sailing, and more.
Or how about a British-flavoured escapade for two? Nothing could be easier! Just hop on a ferry to Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands. The crossing lasts just under an hour and a half and takes you to this little corner of England for a visit of Elizabeth Castle and the maritime museum, a stroll through the narrow streets of Saint-Hélier, the island’s capital, and a chance to sample Jersey’s cuisine!
Camping Saint-Malo: our handy tips for a successful stay
Did you know? Maritime explorer Jacques Cartier, who discovered Canada in the 16th century, was born in Saint-Malo!
Every 4 years, the city hosts the Route du Rhum, a legendary yacht race, and the Transat Québec/Saint-Malo race. Be sure not to miss these events if you’re in the area!
Off Saint-Malo lies the tiny island of Grand Bé. This islet’s claim to fame is that it is home to the tomb of Châteaubriand, a writer and native of Saint-Malo. The site is now classified as a listed historical monument.
For a more unusual attraction in Saint-Malo, visit the Sculptured Rocks cliff site. It features almost 300 sculptures carved by Abbé Fouré over a 15-year period towards the end of the 19th century. Strange, unique and quite simply fascinating!