For a panormaic view of the "Stone Vessel” (the nickname of the part of Saint-Malo inside the town walls), the best vantage point is from high above on the ramparts. These ramparts were constructed under the direction of the engineer Garangeau, who had worked with Vauban, and were meant to reinforce the existing medieval fortifications.
Breathe in the sea air as you stroll along and watch the pretty bobbing of masts and sails on the ships moored at the docks. Enjoy the seascape, the horizon, and the vista over the roofs of ship owners’ houses.
After enjoying the view of St. Malo from on high, you can discover the secretive streets of this pirate stronghold.
Le Monde du Coquillage is a 120m22 exhibition (with 70 glass display cases) which lets you discover various varieties of shells. The specimens present were collected as they are and have not undergone any modification.
You can also admire starfish and sea urchins there, as well as other species coming from the underwater world.
La Demeure de corsaire is a private mansion built in 1725 for François-Auguste Magon de la Lande, privateer of Louis XV, director of the Indies Company and shipowner.
Part of this building, a listed historical monument, is open to visits, during which a guide retraces his activity, with its specifics: the caves (below sea level), a hidden staircase, etc. This is done with the help of items such as arms, chests, china, spices, etc.).
Part of the premises can also be rented out for professional or private event hosting.
Built in the 12th century, the Saint-Vincent de Saint-Malo cathedral, hard hit in 1944, did not get its spire back until 1987. The choir of the Saint-Vincent de Saint-Malo cathedral shows fine and elegant lines, and under the nave, the Romanesque capitals are adorned with interlacing and animals.
A mosaic represents Jacques Cartier, who came to pray there before setting off for Canada in 1535. It now resides in the north chapel, next to another famous navigator born in Saint Malo, Duguay Trouin.
The writer and politician François-René de Châteaubriand was a central figure of French romantic literature. Twenty years before his death, Chateaubriand let it be known that he wished to be buried on the Ile du grand Bé just off his native Saint-Malo, so as to be able to continue his conversation with the sea.