Top Choice Ruins in St-Malo

Fort National

The St-Malo ramparts' northern stretch looks across to the remains of this former prison, built by Vauban in 1689. Standing atop a rocky outcrop, the fort can only be accessed at low tide. Check online or with the t…
Top Choice Monument in St-Malo

Mémorial 39–45

Constructed in the mid-18th century, Fort de la Cité d'Alet was used as a German base during WWII. One of the bunkers now houses this memorial, which depicts St-Malo's violent WWII history and liberation, and includ…
Top Choice Castle in St-Malo

Château de St-Malo

Château de St-Malo was built by the dukes of Brittany in the 15th and 16th centuries, and now holds Musée d'Histoire de St-Malo which looks at the life and history of the city. The castle's lookout tower offers eye-…
Cathedral in St-Malo

Cathédrale St-Vincent

The city's centrepiece was constructed between the 12th and 18th centuries. During the ferocious fighting of August 1944, the cathedral was badly hit; much of its original structure (including its spire) was reduced…
Museum in St-Malo

Musée d'Histoire de St-Malo

Within Château de St-Malo, built by the dukes of Brittany in the 15th and 16th centuries, this museum looks at the life and history of the city through a hodgepodge of nautical exhibits, model boats and marine artef…
Historic Building in St-Malo

La Demeure de Corsaire

This 18th-century mansion and historic monument was once owned by corsair (privateer) François Auguste Magon. Guided tours are in French, but descriptions are available in English.
Island in St-Malo

Île du Grand Bé & Fort du Petit Bé

At low tide, cross the beach to walk across Plage de Bon Secours to the rocky islet Île du Grand Bé, where the great St-Malo-born, 18th-century writer Chateaubriand is buried. About 100m beyond the Île du Grand Bé i…
Maritime Museum in St-Malo

Musée International du Long Cours Cap-Hornier

Housed in the 14th-century Tour Solidor, this museum presents the life of the hardy sailors who followed the dangerous Cape Horn route around the southern tip of South America. It also offers superb views from the t…
Aquarium in St-Malo

Grand Aquarium

This aquarium about 4km south of the city centre features a 'Nautibus' ride – a simulated descent aboard an underwater submarine – and a bassin tactile (touch pool), where kids can fondle rays and turbots. The exhib…
Beach in St-Malo

Plage de Bon Secours

You can splash in the protected tidal swimming pool west of St-Malo's walls at Plage de Bon Secours, or climb its ladder to jump off into the sea.