To your children’s greatest delight enter the Grand Aquarium of St Malo. The ideal activity to occupy your small children, on a rainy day in Brittany. In this aquatic world, unique in the world, follow the adventures of Jean Kermalo, a St Malo explorer who set out to study the world of the oceans so as to observe the sea beds.
20 000 leagues under the sea in the city of St Malo
This extraordinary voyage will transport you amidst 9 thematic worlds, beginning with the cold seas and their giant crabs, moving through amongst others the equatorial forest and its Florida turtles, and including a tactile pool. Here, children and adults alike can tame rays and stroke starfish.
A word of advice, be sure to have a strong stomach as you risk coming nose-to-nose with a number of Blacktip Reef Sharks, who have made home in a shipwreck! Thrill seekers will particularly enjoy the Abyssal Descender! This attraction plunges you into the depths of the sea, aboard a submarine.
The ramparts and the Musée
d’Histoire de Saint Malo
A genuine gem of the Côte d’Émeraude, the city of Saint Malo is renowned not only for its impressive ramparts which surround the city of privateers, but also for the Musée d’Histoire (history museum), established in the heart of the Grand Dungeon (the castle keep), built in 1424.
St Malo – the assault on the city of privateers
Make the most of a 2-hour walk around the ramparts of the city of St Malo, to breathe in fresh iodised air, coming off the sea. During your trip to St Malo you will certainly glimpse the islands and rocks which arise from the water on the horizon. Turn to contemplate the granite facades of the walled city, perfectly restored after the 1944 bombings during the Normandy Landings.
End your walk by going into the history museum. After this journey through 5 themed rooms, you will have all of the answers on both the history of the city of privateers, and its maritime heritage. For the duration of this walk through time, you will be able to contemplate artefacts from the era, such as the Tapisse des Gobelins (Gobelin Tapestry) but also the perfectly preserved furniture and crockery.
Do not miss the unrestricted view over the city from the rampart walk and the lookout turrets. This is the ideal place to take souvenir photos of your holiday in St Malo – the city of privateers.
The Roman city of Aleth
and the Mémorial 39-45
In St Servan, only around 100 metres from the old town of St Malo, the fort of the Roman city of Aleth is located. Situated on the slopes at the mouth of the Rance river, the stronghold affords you a unique vantage point of the surrounding area and a particularly exceptional panorama over the town of Dinard and the wild river valley.
A wild territory – witness to the past of the city of St Malo
Make the most of your visit to the city of St Malo to venture as far as the former blockhouse housing the Mémorial 39-45 (a museum of remembrance for World War II). Within this restored bunker there is an exhibition on World War II but also rooms that have been completely restored to their original state. This enables visitors to better envisage living conditions for soldiers during the conflict. The visit ends with a 45-minute film entitled “The Battle of Saint Malo”.
Accessible on foot from the walled city of St Malo, you only need a little energy to climb all of the steps and discover this authentic scenery, punctuated by numerous remnants of war. Inevitably, the delightful walk opposite the sea is sure to delight children and adults alike.
Dinard beach and
Within the département of Ille et Vilaine, you find the seaside resort of Dinard. Made famous by its blue and white striped tents, the 4 beaches of Dinard each year welcome holidaymakers in their quest for sunshine and idleness. Whether this is on the Plage de l’Écluse beach, St Enogat, Port Blanc or even Prieuré, you will delight in basking within the wild inlets of the Breton coast.
Dinard, alternatively known as the mini-Riviera of the Breton coast
Although it was originally only an unostentatious fishing village, the town of Dinard largely developed in the 1850s, thereby becoming a destination particularly enjoyed by the French middle classes. The imposing casino, built between land and sea, demonstrates perfectly the attraction of the aristocracy for gambling. Nowadays, the casino with an area of 1,800 m², faces the town’s most beautiful beach and delights all holidaymakers who have come to try their luck on the slot machines or at blackjack.
The superb villas scattered throughout the town are an extraordinary sight. Stroll though the alleyways of Dinard and contemplate these magnificent buildings located, for the most part, on the heights of the town, fronting the Côte d’Emeraude.
The oyster port
Whether for the beauty of the wild landscapes of Ille et Vilaine, or its very fresh oysters, which are delicious, you will definitely fall in love with Cancale. This port town in the north of Brittany, is particularly renowned for its delicious white oysters, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Cancale – the oyster kingdom in Brittany
Gourmets will enjoy the simple pleasure of tasting either cupped or flat oysters, bought directly from Cancale’s fishmonger stalls and fished straight from the Atlantic Ocean. With a little lemon juice or shallot French dressing, Cancale oysters can be tasted, at all times of the day, from the one of the terraces at the multitude of restaurants located nearby in the La Houle harbour.
If you wish to walk on the emerald-coloured seashore, take the Sentier des Douaniers coast path. This coastal route of 11 kilometres, which starts from the La Houle harbour, will lead you as far as the Pointe du Grouin promontory. On your walk, you will certainly pass flocks of birds, fisherman’s boats and many other wonders of Brittany.
Le Mont Saint Michel
Erected on a rocky islet, Mont St Michel is one of the must-see attractions of the English Channel. You will not tire of looking at this genuine masterpiece of medieval architecture, which contains a multitude of wonders. Having crossed the 1,085 metres which separate the rock from the mainland, you will not know which way to look, as every street corner is well worth a visit! Start your visit by taking the rampart walk. This walk along the heights of the ramparts offers you a imposing view over the Baie du Mont St Michel (a spectacular bay) and the English Channel.
Mont St Michel – a gem amidst the waters
Topped by the golden statue of the Archangel Michael, the Abbaye du Mont St Michel (Mont St Michel’s abbey) is one of the most visited tourist attractions in France. Perched at 80 metres high, this building offers not only an exceptional panorama over the Baie du Mont St Michel, but it is also an incredible historic visit through 20 themed rooms.
A multitude of museums on the rocky islet enable you to assuage your curiosity, in particular as to the history of Mont St Michel through artefacts of the era, but also upon the living conditions of the middle classes in “La Maison Duguesclin”. End your marathon day by visiting “L’Archéoscope”, a sound and light show displaying Mont St Michel at night.
Lovers of hiking will particularly enjoy nature trips offered by experienced guides, which leave from Mont St Michel at low tide. Equipped with a pair of boots and a good oilskin, embark on your assault of the bay and its mysterious islets in the midst of the shifting sands.
Fort La Latte
and Cap Fréhel
Erected at more than 70 metres high on the hillside, overlooking the Côte d’Emeraude and in the midst of thousands of heather plants, Fort La Latte offers its visitors one of the most beautiful views of Brittany. This feudal château, which dominates Cap Fréhel. offers a multitude of activities throughout the year.
Cap Fréhel – one of the most beautiful settings in Brittany
From the car park, located 800 metres from Fort La Latte, you must take a marked footpath to begin your visit. Those who have difficulty getting around can reserve a buggy by telephoning beforehand. Inside, you will contemplate admiringly a multitude of defensive artefacts from the 14th century, which are perfectly preserved such as canons and even crossbows.
From the Pointe du Grouin (an impressive promontory), to the island of Bréhat, Cap Fréhel offers lovers of walking more than 400 hectares of heathland, marked out by a multitude of hiking paths. If the weather is sufficiently clear, during your walk in Brittany, you will certainly be able to catch a glimpse the island of Jersey. Between the cliffs of pink sandstone and the turquoise blue of the sea, this setting on the Côte d’Emeraude takes your breath away!
The medieval city
This fortified city in Brittany, ideally located within the Rance valley, will bewitch you with its typical medieval architecture and its exceptional historic heritage! This imposing château, built in the 14th century, magnificently dominates the river and the lush vegetation which stretches out around Dinan.
Dinan – an exceptional fortified city between land and sea
The 3 kilometres of ramparts, surrounding the medieval town, are renowned for being the best preserved in Brittany. They shelter narrow cobblestone alleyways, which have no shortage of charm, and lead you to exceptional buildings, such as the town house situated on the Place du Champ Clos. You only have to lift your eyes to contemplate these half-timbered houses, the architecture of which will transport you back to the Middle Ages.
The historic centre and the steep Rue Jerzual prove to be points of reference for seasoned second-hand goods dealers and art lovers. You will also be able to find a multitude of glass-blowers’ workshops and shops. The marina in Dinan is an excellent starting point for walks along the Rance river.