Cruise ships up to 150m can lock-in to the inner harbor, where they moor to a quay alongside the walls of the old town. Two larger vessels up to 240m can tie up to four mooring buoys. Transfer by tender takes about 10 minutes. Taxis, shuttle service, tourist information, toilets, post-office, restaurant/bar and shops are available.
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This charming town on the coast of Brittany was originally a monastic settlement, but achieved fame in the 16th century as the home of a fierce breed of pirate-mariners, the Corsairs of Saint-Malo, who are often credited with the discovery of Canada and the Falkland Islands. Worth exploring are La Ville Intra-Muros-"the walled city"-which is best viewed when sailing into port early in the morning. You can climb up the 20-foot thick city walls and walk around them for a full mile.the Chateau of Saint-Malo, and the Cathedral of St. Vincent.
St Malo has several museums reflecting the distinctive history and culture of Brittany.
St. Malo is full of examples of beautiful buildings and attractions that depict a rich historical tapestry, including the magnificent Cathedral, the City History Wax Museums, the Old Market Hall, St Sauveur Chapel, the House of the Duchess Anne and the ancient street of Pelicot, with its timber houses.
The tides here are huge: the difference between low tide and high tide can be 14 meters.
The spectacular monastery, Le Mont St Michel, is built on a semi-island and is often cut off at high tide. It maybe difficult to find a taxi to take you there.
The nearby mussel and oyster farms welcome visitors.
At low tide it is possible to access the isle of Grand Bé, where the romantic French writer Chateaubriand is buried.
The Alet peninsula offers an overhanging panoramic view on the Bay of St Malo, which is also the perfect gateway to explore further the delights of Western France.
Saint Malo also serves as a gateway for excursions to the legendary Mont Saint Michel, about an hour's drive away. Crowning the mount's summit is the Abbey of Mont Saint Michel with its ensemble of buildings soaring high above the sea. This is one of the country's most spectacular monuments. As amazing as the abbey itself are the extraordinary tide variations that leave the mount to look out on stretches of bare sand at low tide, while the same expanse of land is totally submerged during high tide.
About 25 miles south of Saint Malo is the medieval town of Dinan. Once totally surrounded by ramparts, 14 towers and a good part of the walls are still standing, encircling beautiful 15th-century timbered houses.
Roam along the tiny cobbled ancient streets, enjoy the fascinating shops full of local crafts, browse the open markets or try some of the great seafood restaurants, bars and boutiques. St Malo offers a host of delicious recipes, from the traditional meal of pancakes and cider to prestigious gourmet feasts. There is also a huge supermarket, just outside the city.
For Internet check with the local tourist office at the Esplanade Saint-Vincent.
Local emergency number: 112
Most shops, businesses, information services, museums and banks in France stay open all day. The exceptions are the smaller shops and enterprises, which may close for lunch sometime between 12.30pm and 2pm. Basic hours of business are from 8 or 9am to 6.30 or 7.30pm Monday to Saturday for the big shops and Tuesday to Saturday for smaller shops (some of the smaller shops may open on Monday afternoon). You can always find boulangeries and food shops that do stay open, however, on days when others close – on Sunday normally until noon.
National holiday dates:
January 1 New Year's Day
Ascension Day (forty days after Easter)
Pentecost or Whitsun (seventh Sunday after Easter, plus the Monday)
May 1 May Day/Labour Day
May 8 Victory in Europe Day
July 14 Bastille Day
August 15 Assumption of the Virgin Mary
November 1 All Saints' Day
November 11 1918 Armistice Day
December 25 Christmas Day
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