Saint Malo

Saint-Malo is a walled port and city in the Ille-et-Vilaine department. It has 50,000 inhabitants, but that number can increase to up to 200,000 in the summer tourist season.

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  • History: Saint-Malo during the Middle Ages was a fortified island at the mouth of the Rance River. From 1590–1594, Saint-Malo declared itself to be an independent republic, taking the motto "not French, not Breton, but Malouins". Saint-Malo became notorious as the home of the corsairs, French privateers and sometimes pirates. The corsairs of Saint-Malo not only forced English ships passing up the Channel to pay tribute, but also brought wealth from further afield.
  • Food: Saint-Malo has one of the highest concentration of sea food restaurants in Europe. It is famous for its local oysters from the nearby village of Cancale
  • Sites of interest include: the walled city; the château of Saint-Malo with 'The Solidor tower of Saint-Servan'; the tomb of the writer Chateaubriand on the Ile du Grand Bé and the Cathedral of St. Vincent.





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