The tangle of streets in the walled city of St-Malo, known as Intra-Muros ('within the walls'), are a highlight of a visit to Brittany. Grand merchants' mansions and sea captains' houses line the narrow lanes, and open squares are tucked in its heart. For the best panoramas, stroll along the jetty that pokes out to sea off the southwestern tip of Intra-Muros from the end of which you'll get the wide-angle view – or, to zoom in, clamber along the top of the ramparts, which surround the town.
Though you'd never guess it from the cobblestone streets and reconstructed monuments in 17th- and 18th-century style, during August 1944, the battle to drive German forces out of St-Malo destroyed around 80% of the old city, which has been painstakingly restored since then.
You can splash in the protected tidal swimming pool west of the city walls at Plage de Bon Secours or climb its ladder to jump off into the sea. It's also a great place to catch sunset.
The Plage des Bas Sablons is south of the Intra-Muros in the fishing port of St-Servan.
The much larger Grande Plage stretches northeast along the isthmus of Le Sillon. Less-crowded Plage de Rochebonne is another 1km to the northeast, along Grande Plage.
A combined ticket (per adult/child €13/6) gives you access to St-Malo's four major monuments: Musée d'Histoire de St-Malo, Musée International du Long Cours Cap-Hornier, Musée Jacques Cartier and Mémorial 39–45. It can be purchased at any of the participating museums and is valid for the duration of your stay in St-Malo.