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How do I find a campground near Saint-Malo?
Located in Brittany in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine, Saint-Malo is a corsair city surrounded by ramparts, on the banks of the English Channel, and on the emerald coast. Known for its impressive tides, the city is a very active commercial port, but it also has several important cultural events, which add to its already very attractive tourist potential, since the historic city is among the most visited in Brittany! In order for you to be able to choose the best suited accommodation for your needs, we suggest that you quickly get in touch with the hosts on HomeCamper. If you want to spend your stay directly with the locals of the area who can share their knowledge of the region with you, don't hesitate to book your stay in advance!
What to visit in Saint-Malo?
The ramparts: most of the ramparts date from the 18th century, and were designed by an architect from Vauban. You can take a full tour after climbing one of the stairs at each gate of the city, which will allow you to discover the city and its various sites of interest, the National Fort, the beach and the bay, and even to taste a pancake at the creperie of the guard house.
Large tides: as said, Saint-Malo is one of the largest tides in Europe, and many tourists travel from far away to watch this magnificent spectacle. They admire the waves that crash hard on the dike, and if there are also strong winds from the northwest, a few centimetres of water covers some of the city's squares. At low tide, the sea retreats very far away and gives way to fishermen on foot to harvest crabs, shrimps, cockles, or mussels.
Beaches: there are a good dozen beaches around Saint-Malo, but some are more pleasant than others. A few privileged examples: the Bas sablons beach, very close to the marina, with its fine sand and its pretty view of the Cité Corsaire; the "plage du Môle", in the heart of the ramparts, well protected from the wind, very appreciated by the locals; the Bon Secours beach, one of the most beautiful, with a superb panorama and many nautical activities; and the Grande Plage du Sillon, with its 3 km of white sand.
The historic city: this is the intramural part of the city, completely surrounded by ramparts. While strolling around, you will discover shipowners' houses, well hidden cobbled streets, shops, picturesque and lively cafés, and a rich historical heritage, which you can visit: the Castle, its dungeons and towers; Saint-Vincent cathedral; Saint-Aaron and Saint-Sauveur chapels; Notre-Dame la Victoire convent; the former house of Duchess Anne.
The national fort: it was built in 1689 by Vauban to protect the city of Saint-Malo. It had to be renovated often because the sea tirelessly damages its walls, drawbridge and gates. You can visit it with a guide who will tell you about the battles fought in the bay, will show you the underground and the enclosures, and admire the panorama around, especially on the city and its bay.
The city of Aleth and memorial 39-45: the city of Aleth and its fort are located in Saint-Servan, at the mouth of the Rance river, not far from Saint-Malo. Its fortress was built to improve and strengthen the fortification of Saint-Malo. There is also a memorial 39-45 housed in a former blockhouse.
The Solidor Tower: it was built at the mouth of the Rance River in the 14th century to control the city of Saint-Malo, then transformed into a prison. Nowadays, it houses a museum dedicated to the Long Cours Cap Hornier, since it was the Malouins who first sailed around Cape Horn in the 17th century. The tower's round path provides a superb panoramic view!
When to go to Saint-Malo?
With its climate being influenced all year round by the English Channel, the most suitable months for anyone to go visit Saint-Malo would be between the months of June and October.
Whether you own a caravan, a motorhome, or a van, get ready for a roadtrip filled with unique camping and sightseeing experiences!