Île du Grand Bé & Fort du Petit Bé

Île du Grand Bé & Fort du Petit Bé information

Location
St-Malo , France
Telephone
+33 6 08 27 51 20
More information
www.petit-be.com
Prices
Fort du Petit Bé guided tours adult/child €5/3
Opening hours
Fort du Petit Bé by reservation, depending on tides
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The walled city feels too claustrophobic for you? At low tide, cross the beach to walk out via the Porte des Bés to the rocky islet of Île du Grand Bé, where the great St-Malo-born 18th-century writer Chateaubriand is buried. Once the tide rushes in, the causeway remains impassable for about six hours; check tide times with the tourist office.

About 100m beyond the Île du Grand Bé is the privately-owned, Vauban-built 17th-century Fort du Petit Bé, also accessible at low tide only 13 days a month. The owner runs 30-minute guided tours in French; leaflets in English are available.