Destination guide

Avast, me hearties, and set sail for Saint-Malo!

Saint-Malo was once infamous as a corsair stronghold, and its inhabitants were prolific plunderers of passing British ships. Though the days of piracy are thankfully long past, there are still plenty of treasures to be discovered on a Saint-Malo vacation rental. An epic-looking walled citadel, straight out of a historical TV drama, Saint-Malo is the crown jewel of Brittany, and it's among the most popular vacation spots in the whole of France. The city's cobbled streets are awash with history, but no one's going to hold it against you if you just head straight for the beach.

Things to do

Crafty corsairs can check out the cathedral

If ecclesiastical architecture is your bag, then Saint-Malo Cathedral will be all your Christmases and birthdays come at once. Begun in the 12th century, it's one of France's most impressive historical buildings. And if you're more into the military stuff, how about paying a visit to Fort National? Built in 1689 to protect the port from raiders, it's located on a tidal island just off the shore, and can be visited at certain times, mostly during the summer months. For something a bit more up-to-date, try the Grand Aquarium de Saint-Malo, with its famous shark tank.

Activities

Bold buccaneers make beelines for the beaches

A Saint-Malo vacation rental will see you spoiled for choice where beaches are concerned, and which 1 you pick will depend on how active you want your day to be. Saint-Malo gets some strong, steady winds, and if you head down to the more exposed sands on a breezy morning, you'll see the sails of windsurfers and dinghy sailors speckling the water. On the other hand, if you're looking for a more laid-back Saint-Malo experience, there are plenty of more sheltered beaches where you can roll out the towel and get to work on your tan.

Weather

Parisian pirates prefer the perfection of Saint-Malo

Ask a French person from Paris or Nice where they go on vacation, and the answer is likely to be Brittany. This is partly because it's gorgeous, but also because of its equitable climate. It gets sunny in the summers, but you're unlikely to see the scorching temperatures of the Cote D'Azur, making it perfect for an active vacation. Another curious feature of this part of the French coast is its strong, warm winds, and it's an ideal destination for many water sports. Just take a look at the windsurfers skimming across the horizon and try to resist having a go yourself.

Natural features

Hoist the Jolly Roger and set sail for the Channel Islands

Your Saint-Malo vacation rental will put you on the coast of Brittany, looking out across the North Sea towards Great Britain. If you fancy a bit of modern-day piracy, the affluent Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey are just a short ferry ride away, and are well worth plundering/visiting. Closer in, there are 2 tiny islands out in the bay. One is the Fort National, while the other contains the tomb of the writer Chateaubriand. Both are accessible at certain times of the day, but be careful of the tides if you don't want to get marooned like an old-time mutineer.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Saint-Malo

The nearest airport is in Dinard (DNR-Dinard - Pleurtuit - Saint-Malo), located 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Rennes (RNS-Saint-Jacques), which is 42.5 mi (68.3 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station is Saint Malo Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Saint-Malo?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,320 vacation rentals near Saint-Malo. From 810 Houses to 1,213 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Saint-Malo for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Saint-Malo?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Saint-Malo:

  • Intra Muros: 328 vacation rentals
  • Saint-Servan: 409 vacation rentals
  • La Cité: 210 vacation rentals
  • Paramé: 356 vacation rentals
  • Courtoisville-Sillon-Moka: 559 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Saint-Malo?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Saint-Malo. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Saint-Malo Ferry Port: 2,820 vacation rentals
  • St. Malo Citadel: 2,816 vacation rentals
  • Port of Saint-Malo: 2,798 vacation rentals
  • Grand Be: 2,817 vacation rentals
  • Fort National: 2,804 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Saint-Malo listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Saint-Malo?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 810 Houses in Saint-Malo. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Saint-Malo include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,213 rentals available
  • Villas: 89 rentals available
  • Cottages: 76 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Saint-Malo?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 173 vacation rentals with pool available in Saint-Malo. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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