The port town of Saint-Malo is a renowned seaside resort with an imposing fortress overlooking the harbour. Largely rebuilt after World War 2 it looks as charming as ever. Stroll around the ramparts for superb city views, enjoy the sandy beaches, visit the Aquarium or dine out at the excellent fish restaurants from your well-located Saint-Malo holiday rental.
Visit the Castle
The old castle at St-Malo has a huge keep which can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. The castle is now home to the Malouin City and Countryside History Museum
The Brittany coastline has some beautiful golden sandy beaches which are ideal for walking, sunbathing and swimming when the weather is hot. The splendid beaches offer safe bathing, boat trips and watersports.
Brittany is well loved by walkers and cyclists who enjoy the quiet countryside, wildlife and historic walled towns. Bicycles are available for rental. Small Breton towns are ideal for exploring on foot and the 2km walk around the St-Malo ramparts offers superb views.
Dinan is one of the most beautiful towns in Brittany with its old walls and half-timbered architecture. Set on a hillside overlooking the River Rance it is not to be missed, and is just 21 km from your St-Malo holiday rental. Stroll along the Promenade des Grands Fosses to the medieval town centre or visit the 14th century Dinan Chateau with its original dungeons.
The rocky islet of Mont St Michel can be reached by a causeway at low tide and a steep uphill climb. Explore the beautiful abbey church and enjoy the superb views from the terraces of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, just 49km from your St-Malo holiday cottage.
This city of art and history is the regional capital of Brittany and has a pleasant Old Quarter full of wonderful architecture. On Saturdays it hosts one of the largest markets in France, just an hour’s drive from Saint-Malo. Cultural attractions include the Musée de Bretagne, the Musée des Beaux Arts in the former university and the colourful Jardin du Thabor along the Rue de Paris.
The climate in Brittany is similar to southwest England with sunny summers averaging a pleasantly warm 22°C (72° F). The mild winters reach around 9° C (48°F) in the daytime with more rain showers.
The best way to reach holiday rentals in Saint-Malo is by air to Dinard (DNR) Airport which is 13km from the port town. It has regular flights with budget airlines. Those wishing to bring their own car to Brittany can take the ferry from Portsmouth direct into St Malo, or cross from Plymouth to Roscoff, 200 km away.