VISIT SAINT-MALO, BRITTANY
WE TAKE YOU TO SAINT-MALO & AROUND
On the Emerald Coast, in one of the most beautiful bay in the world, a unique landscape of islets and forts, off one of the most recognizable towns in France, Saint-Malo, a stone vessel rising towards the Channel called the corsair city, definitively won our hearts.
There, 300 years of history stretch out right before our eyes, from the redoubtable English and Dutch adversaries who made Saint-Malo their prime target and forced Vauban to erect six bastions on the islets of the bay. Facing Saint-Malo, these forts, built during the reign of Louis XIV, still seem to watch over the city. The Fort National first and a little further, the Fort du Petit Bé. Beside it is the island of Grand Bé where the writer Châteaubriand has chosen to rest. Further out at sea, Fort Harbourg, an imposing ship-shaped fort, and 2 nautical miles from Saint-Malo, Fort la Conchée, Vauban’s stroke of genius which locked his defensive system.
Today saved by private owners, these forts continue to write their history and draw marvelous landscapes, according to the tides which expose them and make them accessible on foot.
The castle built by the Dukes of Brittany in the 15th century marks the entrance to the citadel. Strolling on the ramparts which surround the city, largely built by Vauban in the 18th century, climbing to the top of the Bidouane tower to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the bay and its history, venturing on foot on its sandbanks, is pure happiness.
To visit the city of Saint-Malo and go from legend to history, our experts guides will take you to meet the descendants of its great explorers of the past who have been called the ‘Messieurs de Saint-Malo’, rich shipowners, who could just as easily turn into formidable mercenaries: the corsairs. They made the fortune of Saint-Malo at the very beginning of the 18th century. Two names come back among the most famous René Duguay-Trouin and Robert Surcouf. They will show you around some of the most beautiful private mansions of Saint-Malo, residences of the richest shipowners of the time and you will be able to continue the story in the surrounding countryside, in these family houses they built called Malouinière.
The history of Saint-Malo was written by the sea, the color of which gave its name to the Emerald Coast. Whether in its bay, on the Rance, towards the Ebihens archipelago or as far as Chausey, our curated itineraries perfected by our experts, will make you enjoy the purity of the waters of the Coast, adorned with magnificent fine sandy beaches, some of which are real little hidden treasures, far from the hustle and bustle of Saint-Malo, during a memorable private cruise..
We have no fixed itinerary, because at In-Luxe Travel France, true luxury follows no one else but you and combines rarity, knowledge, know-how, intuition. Take these itineraries as simply suggestions for the kind of holiday you might have in Brittany.
MUST SEE & DO
What you shouldn’t miss to see and do while traveling to Saint-Malo
In the footsteps of Gauguin
Accompanied by our art historians, discover the places that Gauguin has constantly included in his paintings. Be guaranteed to capture the soul of Gauguin and the Nabis painters and that this incomparable charm that operated on Gauguin in 1886 will also captivate you and never leave you. A deep emotional experience; another way of experiencing culture.
Visit a biscuit factory, heritage of the 17th century
The Galettes de Pont-Aven are part of the culinary heritage of the 17th century. Discover the exquisite Breton flavors by visiting one of the three biscuit factories in Pont-Aven and bring back in your suitcases the Breton biscuits still made according to the old tradition.
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