Saint-Malo, France

Self Catering Saint-Malo Holiday Rental Cottages and Gites, Brittany

Saint-Malo is a walled port city in the Brittany region in northwestern France on the English Channel (known as La Manche in French). It is a major town in the Ille-et-Vilaine department. When you rent a holiday home in Saint-Malo, know you’re in good company - it is the most visited place in Brittany.

Saint-Malo during the Middle Ages was a fortified island at the mouth of the Rance River, controlling not only the estuary but the open sea beyond. Today when you stay in Saint Malo self catering holiday cottage you’ll be visiting a town with one of the highest concentration of seafood restaurants in Europe. It is also famous for its local oysters from the nearby village of Cancale.

When you holiday in Saint Malo, you won’t be short of things to see and do. Sites of interest include: The Cathedral of St. Vincent, the walled city (La Ville Intra-Muros), the château of Saint-Malo, part of which is now the town museum. The Solider Tower in Saint-Servan is a 14th-century building that holds a collection tracing the history of voyages around Cape Horn. The Privateer's House ("La Demeure de Corsaire"), a ship-owner's town house built in 1725, shows objects from the history of privateering, weaponry and ship models. The Great Aquarium Saint-Malo, one of the major aquaria in France.

When you stay in self-catering accommodation in Saint Malo be sure to also visit Grand Bé. It’s is a tidal island near Saint-Malo, France. Located at the mouth of the Rance River, a few hundred meters from the walls of Saint-Malo, at low tide the island can be reached on foot from the nearby Bon-Secours beach. François-René de Chateaubriand, a French writer native to Saint-Malo, is buried on the island, in a grave facing the sea. The island of Petit Bé is also nearby.

Travelling to your Saint-Malo rental gite; The closest airport to Saint Malo is at Dinard. Dinard offers flights with Ryanair and Aurigy Air Service to and from the UK.  Nearby Saint Brieuc is served by Skybus, Rennes is served by Flybe and Brest by Flybe and Ryanair. St Malo has its own major port welcoming Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth and Condor Ferries from Weymouth, Poole, Guernsey and Jersey.   It also has a railway station, Gare de Saint-Malo, offering direct TGV service to Rennes, Paris and several regional destinations.

Brittany is warmer and drier than the south of England, particularly in summer. The south coast of Brittany can be scorching in July and August. However, being in the north west of France, the weather can also set be wet at any time of the year.