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Destination guide

Saint-Malo – the bustling gateway to beguiling Brittany

Perched on Brittany's rugged untamed coast, the thriving port town of Saint-Malo was once a heavily fortified playground for notorious corsairs and pirates. While its maze-like walled city has preserved an air of swashbuckling mystery, the shady taverns have long since made way for chic boutiques, cosy cafes and rustic restaurants serving Breton specialities like mouthwatering moules marinieres and dainty sweet crepes. Its picture-postcard harbour remains a charming hive of activity, while nearby you'll find an abundance of unspoilt golden-sand beaches. Saint-Malo holiday rentals range from simple cottages to sprawling chateaus, so there's truly something for everyone.

Things to do

Astonishing architecture and aquatic adventures

You'll find a wealth of enthralling attractions within easy reach of your Saint-Malo holiday rental. First port of call for many is Saint-Malo Cathedral, an imposing Roman Catholic church that dates all the way back to the 12th century. It's a beguiling blend of Roman and Gothic styles, complete with gleaming stained-glass windows, mysterious holy relics and a dazzling bronze high altar. For a fun-packed family day out, make a beeline for the Great Aquarium Saint-Malo. This state-of-the-art watery wonderland is home to 1000s of mesmerising ocean-dwellers, from otherworldly jellyfish to sleek sharks.

Activities

Life's a beach in Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo's expansive beaches are ideal for a spot of sun-worshipping or a bracing walk, depending on what time of year you're in town. In the warmer months, locals and visitors alike take to the open seas in kayaks, dinghies or catamarans, while conditions are often ripe for adrenaline-pumping pursuits like kitesurfing and windsurfing. Back in town, be sure to get your bearings in memorable fashion by taking a walk along the ramparts guarding the old city. Should you work up a thirst, swing by a friendly local bar and sample regional favourites like dry Breton cider and sweet honey mead.

Weather

Sun-kissed summers in Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo holiday rentals are in particularly high demand during the peak summer months of June to August, when visitors flock here to make the most of long, sunny days and clear blue skies. You may find it easier to land a good deal on accommodation during the shoulder months of May and September, when the weather is generally still pleasantly warm. Early spring and late autumn are often fresh and breezy, while winters can get chilly, but sub-zero temperatures are uncommon. Rainfall is possible at all times of year, so be sure to pack the waterproofs.

Natural features

Captivating coastal hikes around Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo is a convenient base from which to explore Brittany's aptly-named Emerald Coast, with its vertigo-inducing cliffs, granite headlands and hidden coves concealing tranquil sandy beaches. The region is a haven for birdwatchers – keep an eye on the sky and you may catch a glimpse of everything from delicate reed warblers to majestic peregrine falcons. Meanwhile, the crystal-clear waters are teeming with sea bass and numerous other highly prized catches, enticing anglers from all over Europe and beyond.

How to get there

Travelling 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 centre. 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 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 2,162 vacation rentals near Saint-Malo. From 59 villas to 887 houses, 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 Vrbo.

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:

  • Saint-Servan: 350 vacation rentals
  • Intra Muros: 280 vacation rentals
  • La Cite: 185 vacation rentals
  • Rothéneuf-Le Pont: 107 vacation rentals
  • Courtoisville-Sillon-Moka: 484 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?

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

  • Port of Saint-Malo: 2,702 vacation rentals
  • Porte Saint Vincent: 2,703 vacation rentals
  • Saint-Malo Ferry Port: 2,723 vacation rentals
  • Le Grand Large: 2,702 vacation rentals
  • Grand Aquarium: 2,732 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Saint-Malo listed on Vrbo UK 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 Villas in Saint-Malo?

Yes, of course. Vrbo UK has 59 Villas in Saint-Malo. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Saint-Malo include:

  • Houses: 887 rentals available
  • Cottages: 62 rentals available
  • Flats: 1,147 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 163 vacation rentals with pool available in Saint-Malo. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.