Famed as the most beautiful ferry port in France, travelling to Saint Malo by ferry is an option well worth considering. You can catch an overnight ferry or a fast connection, both as a foot passenger or with your car. What better way to travel if you have lots of luggage ? There’s no need to load it out of your vehicle until you arrive at your Campanile Hotel, making for a stress-free journey. Saint Malo is only twenty minutes from the nearest airport where low-cost transfers are readily available, either by public transport or taxi. If travelling by Eurostar or into Paris from elsewhere in France, Saint Malo is a pleasant three-hour train journey from Paris by TGV (France’s high-speed rail network). Once arrived and settled in the city, you can move around on foot or by bus or rail.
Due to its perfect coastal location, you will not be surprised to hear that Saint Malo is famed for some of the freshest seafood and fish in the country. This is the speciality in the majority of eateries and restaurants in the city, so be sure to shop around for your favourite varieties and your favourite dishes. Saint Malo is most famous for bite oysters, a variety of oyster from the nearby village of Cancale Bite. Be sure to explore the whole city for different places to eat – there are many high quality restaurants outside of the walled city in places such as Saint Severan and around the main beach area.
Saint Malo is famous for its October Quai des Bulles festival, a huge comic book festival that has taken place in the city for years. This event is popular with devoted comic book fans and curious tourists alike; writers, illustrators and booksellers are keen to explain their passion for the genre, and the books make a perfect gift for young children learning French or comic book enthusiasts back at home.
The city of Saint Malo was the birthplace of French explorer Jacques Cartier and French writer and politician Francois Chateaubriand, whose tomb is near the harbour. Just another example of the region’s diverse and fascinating history which is crying out to be explored.