What to do in Saint-Malo ?
Saint-Malo : a captivating town of history with lot of things to visit. Stroll through the tiny streets of the old privateers’ town, follow the trail of fascinating historical figures : Chateaubriand, Surcouf, Jacques Cartier…
Shop at the many boutiques; enjoy a drink at a sun-filled terrace, walk around the battlement walls, then take in the fresh sea air as you walk back along the beach. Saint-Malo is also stage to various cultural and sporting events such as the Route du Rhum the sailing race, large sailboat conventions, the literary festivals « Étonnants Voyageurs » and « Quai des Bulles »…
Saint-Malo it is also:
- The highest tides in Europe to go fishing in Saint-Malo’s bay
- Walk on the ramparts of Saint-Malo to discover the Privateers’ City
- Visit the Fort National and travel through time discovering the famous architect Vauban ’buildings
- Walk in the heart of Cancale, a small fishing port and taste Cancale’s specialty : oysters
- Discover the region of the French writer Chateaubriand, its castle in Combourg and its tomb on the island of Grand Bé in St-Malo
- Dive into the Grand Aquarium de Saint-Malo’ s universe
- Excursions to the Channel Islands.
Make the most of Saint-Malo, a place full of History, festivals and nautic events.
The areas around the Résidence Reine Marine.
The Résidence Reine Marine is located in the Levy district near the Parc de la Vallée Verte (16,200 m², including a playground for children and a pétanque strip) and numerous shops:
- A “Carrefour Contact” minimarket
- A Baker’s, open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 1pm and on Sunday from 8am to 12pm.
- A Pharmacy
- A Medical Centre
Paramé is a pleasant district of Saint-Malo. You will find here a multitude of local shops: regional products, baker’s, delicatessen, cheesemonger, bookshop, florist… It is also lively all year round with its Wednesday and Saturday markets, its cultural events organised at the Panier Fleuri such as the Folklore du Monde festival and its big braderie of Paramé at the end of July.
Near the Residence, you will find the Rothéneuf district. It is part of the Saint-Malo municipality since the merger of the three municipalities in 1967 (Paramé, Saint-Servan and Saint-Malo). Part of the village extends into the commune of Saint-Coulomb, on the road to Cancale.
To discover Rothéneuf, we suggest a Discovery Route. You can start from the Pont beach to reach the Pointe de la Varde. You will then find the Val beach and can stop at the famous carved rocks (rochers sculptés). Then you will reach the access road to the Havre de Rothéneuf. You will thus have the chance to discover an exceptional seaside heritage during these unique escapades.
Good addresses from around here
You would like to know the good restaurants near the Résidence?
Here is a small selection:
and Courtoisville district
- Le Cap Horn: located within the Grand Hôtel des Thermes, enjoy the refined cuisine in this sea view restaurant.
- Le Coude à Coude: Just a stone’s throw from the Rochebonne beach, this restaurant offers modern and refined cuisine.
- Crêperie La Marie-Cécile: Savour homemade galettes and crêpes made with fresh, local quality products.
- Le Bénétin: Take a moment for yourself and discover a refined cuisine in a modern and pure environment which offers an exceptional view on the region.
- La Table de Louise: A restaurant with simple, homemade cuisine.
La Boulangerie Robino: If you are a little bit hungry in the day or if you just want to finally taste this speciality you have heard so much about, try a Kouign Amann, the famous dessert made of butter and sugar that will conquer your taste buds.
- Chez Colette: located level with the Plage des Chevrets, continuing on the coast road after Rothéneuf, discover the sea view restaurant Chez Colette.
Beaches and walks
near your residence
At the foot of the Résidence Reine Marine, enjoy the Plage du Minihic. A very beautiful beach overlooking the bay of Saint-Malo. You can access the beach directly from the Residence.
Just next door, you will find the Plage du Pont, located in the cove of Minihic. A small path will lead you to the Pointe de la Varde. Here you will enjoy a wonderful view over the bay of Saint-Malo to the national fort.
As for the beach of La Varde, it is wilder but just as marvellous, it has a few small dunes and is very pleasant for swimming because the sea never withdraws very far, it is ideal to enjoy the sun’s rays in complete tranquillity, a complete change of scenery awaits you.
If you want to be surrounded by nature, don’t miss the Pointe de la Varde, a unique and magical place that overlooks the whole bay and offers you a panoramic view over Saint-Malo. You will observe old bunkers from the Second World War as well as the island of Cézembre, located directly opposite.
The Havre de Rothéneuf is another natural site that is now home to pleasure boats. This cove, protected from the high seas, has preserved its natural calm and is ideal for a moment of relaxation. Many beaches form its periphery, so you can choose the one of your choice. Kayaks, sea oars and other small catamarans can be launched easily.
Discover Saint-Malo's history
During a walk, stop at the Manoir de Limoëlou, a museum that recounts the life of Jacques Cartier. Accompanied by a guide, you will discover the manor house entirely refurbished as it was in the 16th century and you will experience Jacques Cartier’s travels in Canada, his daily life at the time as well as the navigation at the time of the Great Discoveries.
Also take the time to explore the famous 300 carved rocks (rochers sculptés) of the Abbé Fouré created at the end of the 19th century, they are said to represent a Corsair family’s story from the 16th century as the legend indicates, a real invitation to discover a raw and original art.