Weekend in Saint-Malo - Discover the corsair city

It's spring, the good weather is starting to return, but it's not yet the big summer crowd. So it's a good time to get away from it all and relax with family and friends. A weekend in Brittany, by the sea, is an excellent idea. And why not visit Saint Malo, the corsair city? Saint-Malo is one of the favourite tourist destinations for Europeans in France.

Relaxation and change of scenery for all in Saint Malo

Naturally, if you are a gourmet and a great lover of culinary pleasures, you will take advantage of your weekend to taste the local specialities: far breton with prunes, buckwheat pancakes, wheat pancakes and Saint-Malo crackers, a real delicacy that keeps for a very long time...not forgetting, of course, a whole range of seafood and fish. You may even be able to witness the fascinating spectacle of the high tides. In fact, there are a thousand and one things to discover or do in St Malo, such as learning to fish on foot when the sea recedes, walking on the ramparts, admiring fish from all over the world at the Grand Aquarium, kayaking, windsurfing...

Saint-Malo, visit of a nautical city and history

In addition to its nautical image, Saint-Malo is known for the Route du Rhum. The city, founded in the 12th century, has a great history. It is also a city of maritime adventurers, marked as much by great explorers, such as Mahé de la Bourdonnais (colonizer of the Mascarene Islands) and Jacques Cartier (discovery of Canada), as by famous privateers, such as Duguay Trouin and, above all, Surcouf. You can immerse yourself in the history of this city by visiting the History Museum and the Jacques Cartier Museum.

Hotel intra-muros Saint-Malo

For your stay in St Malo, the hotel of the City The hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city of St Malo, near the ramparts, with a view of the sea. This hotel allows you not only to enjoy the old town, but also the beach which is only a few minutes away, as well as the History Museum. In addition, the garage is very convenient and avoids the problem of parking, especially in high season. Like most visitors, you will not fail to appreciate the good service and warm welcome of the staff who will do their best to make your weekend in St Malo an unforgettable one.


Grand Aquarium - Dive into the depths of the sea

If you are visiting Saint-Malo for a weekend or a longer period, don't forget to schedule a visit to the Grand Aquarium. Located at the entrance to Saint-Malo, the aquarium is home to more than 600 species that will amaze young and old alike! After visiting the different areas dedicated to aquatic fauna, you will appreciate the comfort of a hotel in Saint-Malo with a view of the sea.

An unusual route to discover the seabed

With more than 11,000 fish of all colours and sizes from various oceans, the Grand Aquarium in Saint-Malo offers you an unusual way to explore the seabed. Your journey will begin with a discovery of the abysses, the deepest areas of the seas and oceans, and will continue in the Atlantic room, which presents the ecosystems and the main species of the Atlantic coast. The Sea Laboratory will then give you the opportunity to understand the importance and role of plankton and to discover the births of the year in the aquarium's nursery.

A dive into the heart of sharks thanks to the Ring of the Seas

After a stop in the Mediterranean room, you will be captivated by the Ring of the Seas, the aquarium's must-see attraction. At the heart of a 600,000-litre volume of water, this circular aquarium gives the impression of being immersed in the midst of Australian bull sharks, zebra sharks, eagle rays, sea turtles, giant grouper and other schools of fish.

The Nautibus, a more realistic immersion

Between the Tropical Room, a real tour of the world's tropical seas and oceans, and the Mangrove Room, presenting several species of Asian and Amazonian mangroves in aquaterrariums, don't miss the excursion by Nautibus. Aboard a sunken galleon with a pirate décor, you will dive into a natural marine world with a fabulous décor and move around among 5,000 fish. Your visit will end with a unique sensory experience in the Touch Pool. This offers the possibility of coming into contact with shellfish, crustaceans and fish such as rays, dogfish and turbot...

The charm of a hotel in Saint-Malo with sea view

After all these emotions, you will appreciate the charm of one of the 41 rooms of the hotel de la Cité, a cheap hotel in St-Malo The hotel offers a high standard of service. Ideally located in the heart of the Corsair City and less than 40 metres from the beach, it offers fully equipped rooms, some with a sea view.


Discover the island of Grand Bé!

During your next stay in Brittany, put your bags in a hotel in Saint Malo and discover the island of Grand Bé! Grand Bé is an uninhabited island located 400 metres north-west of Saint-Malo, at the mouth of the Rance river, at the foot of the ramparts, not far from another much smaller island, which is called Petit Bé.

Grand Bé, the last home of Chateaubriand

The famous writer François-René de Chateaubriand, who died in 1848, is buried on the island of Grand Bé, near the edge of the cliff. Chateaubriand had expressed his wish to be buried there in a request sent to the mayor of Saint-Malo in 1828. For various political reasons his request was not immediately accepted. It was only in 1836, after the intervention of a poet from Saint-Malo, an admirer of Chateaubriand, that the town council authorised the writer to have his tomb erected to the west of the islet. His tomb, surmounted by a large granite cross facing the ocean, bears no inscription. However, a commemorative plaque, affixed in front of the tomb in 1948, bears the words: "a great French writer wanted to rest here, to hear only the sea and the wind, passing by in respect of his last wish". Chateaubriand's tomb has been classified as a historical monument since 1954.

Big bore during the Second World War

In 1942, the Germans took possession of the islet and set up an artillery battery composed of four casemates to protect the bay of Saint-Malo. When the American troops liberated the city, Saint Malo intramuros on August 14, 1944 and the island of Grand Bé on August 16, 1944, they had to bombard the islet many times.

Visit to the island of Grand Bé

At low tide, thanks to a stone passage, Grand Bé is accessible on foot, crossing the beach of Bon Secours. The islet is mainly visited to discover the tomb of the famous writer, but it is also an opportunity to take a romantic or family walk and enjoy the fresh air and the magnificent view. It is recommended to check the tide tables to avoid getting stuck on the islet, especially on high tide days. As a precautionary measure, due to strong currents, it is absolutely necessary to avoid trying to get there when the water is less than 10 metres from the stone passage.

L'hôtel de la Cité - A charming hotel in Saint Malo

For your weekend in the city of Malo, the hotel de la Cité will give you a warm welcome and will meet your expectations in terms of comfort and hospitality. This cheap hotel St-Malo has many rooms with a beautiful view on the Channel and is located in St-Malo intramuros which will allow you to discover the city on foot.


Romantic weekend in Brittany - Hotel and 5 ideas for a successful getaway

Tender moments with your other half in a region where life is good. If you've chosen Brittany for your next holiday, you've realised that there's no better place for a romantic getaway. From simple pleasures to unique activities, we have a number of suggestions to turn your romantic weekend in Brittany into a delightful stay.

A hotel in Brittany by the sea

How about a spacious room to spend a delightful night with your significant other? Our Saint Malo hotelThe Hotel de la Cité is the perfect place to do just that: our hotel combines charm and character with contemporary decor and an unbeatable welcome. You will probably not find a better hotel in Brittany.

A crossing on board a boat at sea

From our seaside hotel, you can easily head for the surrounding islands. Bréhat, Batz, Ouessant and Ile aux Moines are all possible stops for a breathtaking escape. A romantic crossing on board a traditional sailing boat should give you a real rush of excitement and a change of scenery!

A walk through the streets of the Cities of Art

Your couple's weekend in Brittany will never be complete without a visit to some of the most authentic towns. Whether they are maritime, medieval, commercial or spiritual, each of these Cités d'Art has a soul and an atmosphere that gives them beauty and character. Bécherel, Quintin, Dinan or Landerneau are ideal places to enjoy an atypical stay with your partner.

A gastronomic dinner for two

A great classic, but truly unmissable as Brittany is a region of gastronomy and local produce. Go to a "Tables et Saveurs" restaurant in a hotel in the heart of Brittany for a tasty tasting in secret. The restaurant "Le 5" is a must in St-Malo. You can taste the best dishes in a warm atmosphere.

A carriage ride to Mont Saint-Michel

There's nothing like the sunset over the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel for a thrilling weekend for two! If you are lucky enough to stay in a seaside hotel in Brittany such as ours, you will have the opportunity to see beautiful sunsets all year round. However, it must be said that there is something unique about twilight over the bay of Mont Saint-Michel.


Visit the Mont Saint Michel

You're going to Saint-Malo soon, but have you thought about getting away from the corsair city for a while? How about a little visit to Mont-Saint-Michel? This majestic site attracts the curious and romantic from all over the world and you too have the opportunity to join in the fun. Mont-Saint-Michel is a memorable experience less than an hour and a half away from the Hôtel de la Cité, a hotel in Saint-Malo that offers high quality services. By choosing the Hôtel de la Cité, you will have a front row seat to the most beautiful of shows.

Your hotel near Mont-Saint-Michel

Victor Hugo once wrote that Mont-Saint-Michel was the French equivalent of the Great Pyramid in Egypt. An essential treasure of French heritage, Mont Saint-Michel and its idyllic scenery amaze travellers from all over the world. Normans and Bretons are very proud to have this emblematic rock that sublimates one of the most beautiful bays on the planet! The mythical site is less than an hour and a half from our charming hotel in Saint-Malo. You will have no trouble enjoying the immensity of Mont-Saint-Michel and its abbey!

The tides, a phenomenon not to be missed

Offering no less than forty-one air-conditioned rooms in a contemporary style, our Hotel de la Cité, which is an expensive hotel in Saint-Malo but which does not skimp on quality, offers you a whole range of advice to make your visit to Mont-Saint-Michel an unforgettable experience. You should know that after more than ten years of work, our Mont-Saint-Michel has regained its maritime character. The high tides have returned and are the reincarnation of Mother Nature's gentlest attentions. There is clearly no more exceptional sight in Brittany. When the water envelops the submerged channel, the fortress overlooking the entire Breton shoreline becomes an island for a few hours. Whether you discover it on foot, in a horse-drawn carriage or by sea train, there is nothing more magical than a sunset over the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel.


Visit of the Solidor Tower - A moment of escape

When you visit St-Malo, you must visit the Solidor Tower. Located about ten minutes from your charming hotel in Saint-Malo, the Solidor Tower is a fortified keep with no less than three singular towers which impose their strength and elegance. A visit to the Solidor Tower will also allow you to discover the Saint-Servan district, a major cultural centre of the city of Saint-Malo.

A few minutes from your hotel in Saint-Malo

Listed as a historical monument since July 1886, the Solidor Tower is one of the most emblematic architectural masterpieces of the corsair city. After a comfortable night in our Saint-Malo hotel and a hearty breakfast, you will certainly want to set out to conquer this impregnable keep which was built between 1369 and 1382 by Duke Jean IV of Brittany. Transformed into a prison in the 19th century, the Solidor Tower kept many priests, soldiers and statesmen locked up. But none of this awaits you in 2016! The Tour Solidor now houses a museum that will allow you to discover the history of the city and its penchant for navigation. A very rewarding moment in perspective!

Visit to the museum and panoramic view of the bay

Located less than three kilometres from the Hôtel de la Cité - a cheap hotel in Saint-Malo - the Tour Solidor houses the Long Cours et Cap Horniers museum, which was created in honour of the long-distance sailing trips. Several collections of objects and ship's instruments await you there; you will also learn more about the daily life of the sailors of the time.

If you're not too interested in the late 19th century nautical charts that form the museum's main asset, you can always admire the panoramic view from the top of the Solidor Tower. The outdoor walkway offers breathtaking views and you will feel as if you own the world! Before you leave, however, be sure to take a look at the pastel by Henri Arondel (1827-1900). Believe us, it's worth a look! Our hotel is at your disposal and has many ideas for excursions in and around Saint-Malo.


The Sculptured Rocks of St-Malo

Do you want to visit Saint-Malo? This is a very good idea! This small town in Brittany has a number of subtleties that will certainly captivate you. One of the most popular sites is the Rochers Sculptés de Rothéneuf. If you want to see them up close, why not make your trip longer and stay in a charming hotel in Saint-Malo?

The Sculptured Rocks of Rothéneuf: what exactly are they?

The Sculpted Rocks of Rothéneuf are sculptural wonders created by the famous Abbé Fouré (real name Adolphe Julien Fouéré (1839-1910)). He was a deaf and dumb priest who took refuge in the Rocks and began to sculpt them armed only with a hammer and chisel. The sculptures show more than 300 figures that are inspired by well-known characters, all of which are in some way connected with the current events of the Abbot's time. These sculptures cover an area of 500 square metres and today they adorn the coastline of the city of Saint-Malo. If you are staying in a charming hotel in Saint-Malo, don't hesitate to pay a visit in order to enjoy all their subtleties.

Stay in a cheap hotel

Are you going to Saint-Malo to discover the Rochers Sculptés de Rothéneuf? Start by finding a hotel where you can stay. For this, the best option would of course be to choose an establishment located near this famous tourist site. However, you should not neglect the quality of the services offered and the price charged by each establishment. The consideration of all these criteria will allow you to find a cheap and quality hotel in Saint-Malo for your stay in the city.


Visit Dinard

Getting ready for a little getaway in Brittany? It's a great plan! A top weekend destination, this region at the western end of France will dazzle you with its exceptional landscape and seduce you with its strong cultural identity. By staying in a hotel in BrittanyYou will have the opportunity and the pleasure to explore and visit the tourist sites located in this region and thus fully enjoy your stay.

Which hotel to stay in Brittany

In Brittany, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the hotel in which you plan to stay. As this is a tourist region par excellence, there is a huge range of accommodation on offer and there are a number of criteria to consider when making your choice. To begin with, try to find a hotel in a strategic location that will allow you to visit as many tourist sites as possible. Also, as you are coming to relax and get away from it all, try to compare the offers to find the establishments that offer the best services at attractive rates. To give you an idea, staying in a cheap hotel in St-Malo can be a very good deal!

Take advantage of your stay in Brittany to visit

Dinard You are going for a weekend in love Brittany ? Then don't forget to visit Dinard! Renowned for its Belle Époque villas and its exceptional landscape, this French town in Brittany is sure to bring you pleasure and well-being. With your lover, you can enjoy a beautiful romantic walk in the moonlight in this magnificent "Garden City by the Sea". You can also enjoy the sun while relaxing on the beautiful Prieuré beach and at the same time enjoy a magnificent view of the Port Breton Park. And that's not all! A visit by a guide from the Towns of Art and History is also a must in order to discover the history and all the riches of this small community.


Saint-Servan - A must-see destination

Fancy a romantic weekend in Brittany ? If so, Saint-Servan is an unmissable destination! At the mouth of the Rance river, not far from the city of Saint-Malo, this small town will amaze you with its charm and gentleness. It is the ideal place for a romantic stay far from the hassles of everyday life.

The guarantee of a successful romantic stay in Brittany

nce an independent commune, Saint-Servan is now part of Saint-Malo. Saint-Servan, whose real name is Saint-Servan-sur-Mer, is about ten minutes by public transport from our hotel in Brittany by the sea.

The cradle of a true historical culture, Saint-Servan is the ideal place to spend pleasant moments with your partner. The calm that reigns there, its flowery pavements are an invitation to relax. During the day, you can take part in various bucolic activities and stroll through the shady streets of the city of Alet, nestled on a peninsula that was home to the very first inhabitants of Saint-Malo. In the evening, the many restaurants of Saint-Servan will serve you a typical Breton gastronomy.

A romantic and exotic weekend in perspective!

There really is a lot to do in Saint-Servan! With indelible memories of the resistance to the German occupiers, ancient vestiges dating back to the Carolingian era, 360° panoramic views of Saint-Servan and the most beautiful Breton landscapes, you won't be bored during your stay. From our Hôtel de la Cité, a hotel in Brittany by the sea near all the key places, you will have access to all the emblematic attractions of Saint-Servan. The old town hall of Saint-Servan, Ville-Pépin street, Bel Air park, Saint-Louis chapel, there are many stops that will brighten up your idyllic stay in Brittany. And that's without counting the countless neighbourhoods that deserve a little bit of your time: Solidor, Bas-Sablons, Sainte-Croix, Bellevue, all of which offer Saint-Servan a charm that doesn't exist elsewhere. Book your room at the Hôtel de la Cité now and plan your next stay in Saint-Servan!


Discover Cancale

To enhance your stay, a hotel by the sea in Saint-MaloA hotel set against the ramparts of the corsair city could do the trick, couldn't it? But because the splendour of Upper Brittany is not limited to Saint-Malo, our team recommends that you spend at least half a day in Cancale, an exotic town where you can taste excellent oysters and enjoy the scent of the sea.

A port town 30 minutes from your hotel in Brittany by the sea

Located less than 30 minutes by car from the Hôtel de la Cité, Cancale is the perfect place to spend a superb romantic weekend in Brittany. Famous for its wild flat oysters bred in shoals and fished in deep water, Cancale is worth a visit thanks to its pretty and very atypical port.
Town of 5,000 inhabitants, Cancale has been elected as a "remarkable site of taste", which means that you will probably succumb to all its iodized delights. In addition, not far from the port of Cancale, you can admire the splendour of Mont Saint-Michel, which stands in the middle of the bay.

Romantic and unforgettable scenery in an enchanting setting

The Port de la Houle, the picturesque "back streets", the oyster beds, the many restaurants along the quays, there is no doubt that you will be charmed by the relaxing and authentic atmosphere of Cancale. There, you will be cut off from the world and from the little worries of everyday life. The team at your hotel in Brittany by the sea recommends that you take a walk along the Sentier des Douaniers, which offers many memorable views. If you have the time, stray to the Pointe du Hock. This will give you the opportunity to get a bit of height and admire the many marine parks in the region!
Don't forget to make a diversion to the Pointe de Grouin. En route, you will alternate between wild creeks and discreet anchorages. You will be so delighted that later, in milder weather, you will return to Cancale to find a protected beach and swim there! We bet you will!

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