The ramparts of Saint-Malo

A beautiful tour to discover the city of Saint-Malo in Brittany

The first thing to do if you want to visit St. Malo is to look at the schedules of the tides.When it's low tide you can go to some forts located just outside the city walls and have splendid views over the city. The two main forts in front of the town fortifications are small Bé and the Fort National. After the tour of the city on the ramparts you can continue by visiting the old city. Caution do not forget your sweater because it's always chilly in the narrow streets of the old town even in summer). An exceptional walk not to be missed!

Interest: notegreat (1 note)
Difficulty: difficulté
Duration: 3 h.

The Fort National

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The Fort National
The Fort National was formerly known as the Fort Royal, it was built in 1689 by Vauban. You can reach it at low tide. The fort can be visited only during summer or school holidays.

Panorama on Saint-Malo

Panorama on Saint-Malo
Even without entering the fort you can have a quite exceptional view of the ramparts of Saint-Malo from the Fort National.

Walk on the ramparts

Walk on the ramparts
It is possible to walk around the city on the ramparts. The challenge is often to find a staircase down to the city or a door to go to the ocean. The city was built to be a fortress. You can swim in the pool of the beach of Bon Secours. This great pool of sea water was created in 1936 so that tourists can bathe even at low tide.

The Grand Bé

The Grand Bé
You can reach the Grand Bé (an island located just in front of the city) at low tide, the path is under water at high tide. During the summer season volunteers check if nobody is still on the island at high tide.

View of the Grand Bé

View of the Grand Bé
'At the top of the Grand Bé you will find the Chateaubriand''s grave (a famous French writer), he wanted to be buried here to continue his conversation with the sea. The view of the ocean is awesome.'

Petit Bé

Petit Bé
From Grand Bé you can reach the Petit Bé at low tide.

Petit Bé fort

Petit Bé fort
The fort of the Petit Bé can be visited. Entrance fee : 5 euros. Check the tide schedules and opening days before coming. You can even sleep in the fort by booking on specialized sites. The flag on the fort indicates that the visit is open.

The ramparts

The ramparts
You can also go down the ramparts to walk on the pier.

Back to the Saint-Vincent gate

Back to the Saint-Vincent gate
The city of Saint-Malo was destroyed by the American bombings in 1944. The French government decided to rebuilt the city as the previous one. You can see the wonderful work of restoration of the city from the ramparts.

Restaurants

Restaurants
Saint-Malo is a very touristy city, there are many restaurants just at the entrance of the town on the Chateaubriand place. Be careful it’s difficult to find a place for your car in summer.

Other walks

To the cap Fréhel

To the cap Fréhel

note good

At 22.09 Km

Sables-d'Or-Les-Pins

Sables-d'Or-Les-Pins

note very good

At 27.61 Km