"Neither French, nor Breton but Corsair I am!" Top 5 Page for this destination Saint-Malo by Beckhanne

Saint-Malo Travel Guide: 248 reviews and 840 photos

Rich history and independence

This motto says it all about the history of the city and the spirit of independence of its inhabitants.

You will be reminded of its rich history by visiting the Saint-Malo History Museum or when you'll pass by the statues of Robert Surcouf, Châteaubriand, Jacques Cartier among others.

The ramparts of the walled city of Saint-Malo (intra-muros) were built in the 14th century; they have been rebuilt after WWII abd it shows: the walls of the inner city have this "unfaded" grey which gives the impression of being fairly new or not too old if you prefer. But I'm sure that they are maintained, they must be because of the sea nearby.

We absolutely loved this city: the place is beautiful, charming, steeped in history and has a lot to offer : splendid beaches, great food, walks through the narrow streets, on the ramparts, boat tours in the bay, a day at the Mont-Saint-Michel 50 kms away and I could go on.

In a word: highly recommended.

Robert Surcouf

Born in 1773, died in Saint-Malo in 1827. He had a legendary career as a privateer, capturing a total of 47 ships which earned him the nickname of "King of Privateers". Educated by the Jesuits he once escaped the school and stole a small ship to prove that he could sail. Later, he participated in slave trade in Africa. He came back to Saint-Malo at the outbreak of the war against Britain. He was made second officer of a ship which helped to repel the attackers. Surcouf was of the heroes of the battle. After that he started his "career" of pirateer which made him a legend in France but an enemy in England. He settled in Saint-Malo at the turn of the century and estalished himself as a businessman.

Escaping it all

Wouldn't it be great to just fly off sometimes and see the world like they do? ;-)

  • Last visit to Saint-Malo: May 2005
  • Intro Updated Feb 23, 2007
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  • marcbrazil's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    France has so much to see and you just gave me more inspiration to explore this incredible country!!! By the way, your Belgium sounds incredible too!;)

  • Muya's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2007 at 6:44 AM

    Merci pour cette visite virtuelle qui me rappelle de bon souvenirs ! Quelle ville magnifique... Bisous

  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2005 at 10:02 PM

    Lovely photos of the Corsair city, Beckhanne. I hope your birthday is filled with wonderful surprises for you.


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