The city is situated on the inside walls of Saint Malo called "Intramuros" since it is within two miles of the wall that is still in perfect condition after more than 700 years. Of the 8 entrances to the city, Saint Vincent is the main one. There, inside the walls that defended the neighbors of the invaders, the clock seems to have stopped, for a number of reasons. It has cobbled streets and granite houses that are elegant. They have wooden taverns and ancient ovens. This, along with elements that bring us back to the XXI century: Restaurants, trendy shops, banks, postal service, and souvenir shops with privateers shirts that I could not resist buying.
Classified as a historic monument, this seventeenth century fort is located opposite the beach of Saint Malo. It was built by the engineer Garangeau and designed by the military architect Vauban by the orders of King Louis XIV to defend the city from attacks. There´s a guided tour available in different languages (during high season only). It´s only accessible at low tide but there´s a beautiful view of the bay, the historic wall and the entire city of Saint Malo. The fort is currently privately owned and is forbidden to enter without a guide. It´s additionally available for rent for celebrations, weddings, advertising, films, etc.
Saint Malo has long been one of the most desirable locations for its neighboring regions. While in the Middle Ages it was an important strategic point for exchanging goods via land and sea, nowadays it is the historic heritage and has beautiful sand beaches. Its inhabitants at that time were considered to be neither French nor Breton but simply malouins. This thought prompted them to besiege the castle keep, a symbol of power of the citadel. In this conflict of interest with France and Britain, the Republic of Saint Malo was declared independent. It is a Republic which has a population of apporximately twenty thousand inhabitants ... Did you know that the Falkland Islands are named after the early settlers who sailed from Saint Malo? You didn´t? Well, now you know.
Located in the northwest of the city of Saint Malo, the Bidouane tower is one of the main towers of the ramparts of Malo. It's 23 meters high, and almost 15 meters wide, which makes it really impressive. In addition, it offers visitors a beautiful view of the surroundings: one side has Bon Secours beach, the murals, the Gran Ser and the tomb of Chateaubriand, and Fort National on the other. It was built in the fifteenth century, reformed over time, and was completed in the seventeenth century.
Bastion de la Hollande, in the west of the city, is one of the main buildings to see during the visit of the ramparts of Saint Malo. It was built in 1674 to protect the city from attack, and suffered several reforms over the years, but still stands proudly overlooking the city and the sea. It offers stunning views of the Bay of Saint Malo, Gran Bé Bé and small Bé. You can also watch the waves and seagulls, it's a very pleasant stroll through history.