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Saint-Malo has had a colorful history, beginning as a monastic settlement and later becoming a fortress for pirates terrorizing the English Channel. These days it is an attractive port in Brittany, a welcome first sight of France for visitors arriving on ferries. The striking walled citadel of the old town is a landmark on this stretch of the north coast of France. The expansive beaches close to Saint-Malo make it a popular base for family vacations. Finding Saint-Malo hotels is made easy by the search facilities offered by Venere, one of the world's leading online accommodation specialists. Venere offers the best value Saint-Malo accommodation regardless of your budget or preferences. Book in advance with Venere and look forward to a relaxed arrival in Brittany.
What's Saint-Malo Like?
Much of Saint-Malo was destroyed in the Second World War, but has been painstakingly restored in the same grey granite that characterizes the architecture of Mont St-Michel. The ramparts that encircle the old town are the obvious starting point for any exploration of this scenic port. The streets are narrow and atmospheric but can get very busy in high season. The castle offers a lookout tower with great views, along with a museum devoted to the nautical history of Saint-Malo. The cathedral dates from the 12th century and features a mosaic dedicated to the 16th century explorer Jacques Cartier. From Saint-Malo's huge beach it is possible to cross at low tide to the island of Grand-Bé, burial place of the politician and writer Chateaubriand. A 17th century fort by Vauban offers guided tours for visitors. For a different perspective on Saint-Malo, join a guided kayak tour around the bay, suitable for beginners. Saint-Malo hotels offer the perfect base for exploring the Brittany coastline.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Saint-Malo
With a ferry connection to the UK, Saint-Malo is used to English speaking visitors and the language is understood in most of the town's cafes and restaurants. Follow the local custom when it comes to casual wear. For the French, shorts are for the beach not for sightseeing. Imitate the courteous French custom of greeting waiters and store staff with a "Bonjour" or "Bonsoir" before launching into an order or request. Tipping is not mandatory, but 10% is an acceptable addition to the check in a restaurant. For information on Saint-Malo hotels, the Venere site offers handy reviews from past guests offering honest and accurate ratings. Use our site's range of photos and sample room descriptions to get a clear picture of what to expect from Saint-Malo accommodation.