©Yannick Le Gal
©Yannick Le Gal
Saint-Malo, located on the Emerald Coast, between Mont-Saint-Michel, Cancale, Dinard, Dinan and Cap Fréhel, is surrounded by numerous natural, cultural and historical sites worthy of interest.
Since the Middle Ages, Saint-Malo is a fortress of the sea.
The Little Keep of the Intra-Muros Castle and the Solidor Tower in Saint-Servan, are the oldest witnesses. The Great Keep (15th century) and its 4 enormous corner towers, announce the bastioned fortification that Vauban will adopt at the end of the 17th century.
The forts of the offshore islets (Fort National, Fort du Petit Bé, Fort de la Conchée...), make impregnable the entrances of the port.
Rise at the beginning of the 17th century, the beautiful houses of corsairs, near the Doors Saint-Vincent and Dinan. The old stone constructions are still numerous enough to testify to what Saint-Malo was.
Saint-Servan with the City of Alet, peninsula that overlooks the Bay of Saint-Malo;
The Solidor Tower, a fortified complex including the bastion of the entrance and 3 high towers at the end of the 14th century.
Some specific houses in the Saint-Malo countryside called « Malouinières » (18th century country houses of Saint-Malo corsairs shipowners).
The high tides:
The Bay of Saint-Malo can be proud to be the theater of the highest tides of Europe, it is due to its geographical situation. When the Atlantic Ocean, an enormous mass of water, rushes into the neck of the Channel, the wave of the sea arrives very fast and very strong. The tidal range - the difference between the high and low tide - is on average more than 12 meters around the corsair city.
The Breton table is varied and inventive. Some of its specialties are known all over the world, such as wheat or buckwheat pancakes, salted butter caramel, Breton far, Kouign-Amann, Breton shortbread … What good things! You can even enjoy them with a bowl of cider.
From Cancale to Mont-Saint-Michel :
Facing the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, Cancale is famous for its oysters but also for its beaches and rocky peaks like the famous “Pointe du Grouin”.
From Cancale, we can contemplate all the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, up to Granville on the opposite.
The Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel is a huge maritime natural area with the highest tides in Europe, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. It offers an amazing natural spectacle, especially during high coefficient tides.
Brittany is such a unique destination !
It is one and several at the same time, offering rich and singular geographical destinations with ten universes of discovery within which it reveals its multiple facets. It springs from the ocean lands of the Pointe Ouest, the forest of Brocéliande, the small harbours of breton Cornwall, the rocks of pink granite. It emerges at the bend of a bay, a gulf, a cape, a salt marsh, of its capital (Rennes)… Let’s go for the multiple Brittany!