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Destination guide

Saint-Malo – the bustling gateway to beguiling Brittany

Perched on Brittany's rugged untamed coast, the thriving port town of Saint-Malo was once a heavily fortified playground for notorious corsairs and pirates. While its maze-like walled city has preserved an air of swashbuckling mystery, the shady taverns have long since made way for chic boutiques, cosy cafes and rustic restaurants serving Breton specialities like mouthwatering moules marinieres and dainty sweet crepes. Its picture-postcard harbour remains a charming hive of activity, while nearby you'll find an abundance of unspoilt golden-sand beaches. Saint-Malo holiday rentals range from simple cottages to sprawling chateaus, so there's truly something for everyone.

Things to do

Astonishing architecture and aquatic adventures

You'll find a wealth of enthralling attractions within easy reach of your Saint-Malo holiday rental. First port of call for many is Saint-Malo Cathedral, an imposing Roman Catholic church that dates all the way back to the 12th century. It's a beguiling blend of Roman and Gothic styles, complete with gleaming stained-glass windows, mysterious holy relics and a dazzling bronze high altar. For a fun-packed family day out, make a beeline for the Great Aquarium Saint-Malo. This state-of-the-art watery wonderland is home to 1000s of mesmerising ocean-dwellers, from otherworldly jellyfish to sleek sharks.

Activities

Life's a beach in Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo's expansive beaches are ideal for a spot of sun-worshipping or a bracing walk, depending on what time of year you're in town. In the warmer months, locals and visitors alike take to the open seas in kayaks, dinghies or catamarans, while conditions are often ripe for adrenaline-pumping pursuits like kitesurfing and windsurfing. Back in town, be sure to get your bearings in memorable fashion by taking a walk along the ramparts guarding the old city. Should you work up a thirst, swing by a friendly local bar and sample regional favourites like dry Breton cider and sweet honey mead.

Weather

Sun-kissed summers in Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo holiday rentals are in particularly high demand during the peak summer months of June to August, when visitors flock here to make the most of long, sunny days and clear blue skies. You may find it easier to land a good deal on accommodation during the shoulder months of May and September, when the weather is generally still pleasantly warm. Early spring and late autumn are often fresh and breezy, while winters can get chilly, but sub-zero temperatures are uncommon. Rainfall is possible at all times of year, so be sure to pack the waterproofs.

Natural features

Captivating coastal hikes around Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo is a convenient base from which to explore Brittany's aptly-named Emerald Coast, with its vertigo-inducing cliffs, granite headlands and hidden coves concealing tranquil sandy beaches. The region is a haven for birdwatchers – keep an eye on the sky and you may catch a glimpse of everything from delicate reed warblers to majestic peregrine falcons. Meanwhile, the crystal-clear waters are teeming with sea bass and numerous other highly prized catches, enticing anglers from all over Europe and beyond.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Saint-Malo

The nearest airport is in Dinard (DNR-Dinard - Pleurtuit - Saint-Malo), located 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Rennes (RNS-Saint-Jacques), which is 42.5 mi (68.3 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station is Saint Malo Station.

How many holiday rentals are available around Saint-Malo?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,432 holiday lettings around Saint-Malo. From 89 villas to 842 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Saint-Malo?

If you're a pushover for sea views and the sound of lapping waves, you're in luck! There are 1,245 beachside getaway homes to choose from. Alternatively, you might be after something different. HomeAway has loads of options to pick from, including:

  • 1,126 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 595 city-centre holiday accommodation options.
  • 447 oceanfront holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Saint-Malo?

Take in this destination like a local from the comfort of your very own apartment. You'll feel like you're a part of the neighbourhood before you know it! HomeAway has 1,213 for you to browse through here. How does £24 a night sound? That's what you could be paying if you don't leave it too long! Or maybe you'd rather try one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • House: 818 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.
  • Villa: 86 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £52 per night.
  • Cottage: 79 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £49 per night.

Can I stay in Saint-Malo in a large group?

The recipe for a perfect escape is relaxing with your favourite people in an exciting new place. If you'll be hitting the road with a large group, HomeAway can help you. Presently, house holiday rentals are the hottest thing for large groups of travellers here, and you'll find 219 available on our database. If you are hoping to stay with a large group, the properties for rent that will serve you well include:

  • On the lookout for properties that can hold 6 of you? We have 885 that will suit. The prices start from £35 per night.
  • Require a holiday rental for 5 people? We have 431 that will be ideal. Prices begin at just £52 per night.
  • Going away with a group of 8? We offer 360 holiday rentals that will suit. Prices begin at just £68 per night.

You and all your besties will be more than satisfied when you book your Saint-Malo travels through us!

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