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Things to do on a day in St Malo

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A walk around St Malo Remparts on a fine afternoon is difficult to beat, followed by dinner Intra-Muros at one of the restaurants in the centre of the city.

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For those with an intrest in military history there is the WWII bunker museum http://www.ww2museums.com/article/5332/Memorial-39-45-Alet.htm in Saint Malo. Very good museum with a large part of the bunker open for viewing.

Created in 1994 by the town of Saint-Malo, the 39/45 Memorial is in charge of saving and protecting the Memory of the 39/45 war period in the region. Installed in the German anti-aircraft bunker built into the ancient fort of the Alet city, on about 500m2, 3 levels, 10 rooms you will be plunged into the history, pictures, dummies, weapons.... are here to recreate the atmosphere of this time, the bunker has been restored in its original condition.

There is a 1 hour guided tour throughout the day.

Then if you have more time there is the submarine base/ museum further south at Saint-Nazaire. 10/10 day trip if you are in that area of france for longer.

 

I went on that tour a few years ago. It was in French but the guide did her utmost to ensure that I did get the general gist of it. It was well worth a visit and the views from Alet across to Intra Muros (and the ferry port) are excellent.

 

I took this picture from there http://www.flickr.com/photos/despod/2389578103/

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On a Tuesday the indoor market at St Servan is well worth a visit - entrance nearly opposite the Hotel de Ville on the same side as the market square but just down the hill towards St Malo. Look out for the flower display and you'll find it. It is perfectly possible to do your shopping in the layover time and you won't stand any risk of being trapped by the lock gates either!

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A few other things to spend a couple of hours on:-

 

There's an Atlantic Trawler permanently moored in the Bassin Vaubin that is open for free tours (a bit random, but worth a wait) it's alongside teh quay but the old fishmarket behind the casino on the road to Parame.

 

Lunch at the Brasserie du Sillon after a long walk up and down the beach

 

Limousin Beef at the Lion d'Or Intra Muros

 

A walk along the Mole on a Sunday morning with a Brioche and fresh coffee for company

 

Creps/Galettes at St Barbe creperie behind the Hotel Univers - or a stiffener in the Corsaires Bar in the same Hotel, super old photos of local Maritime history.

 

If you fancy a 10min drive, go down to St Suliac (Direction Renne) on the banks of the Rance - have some Moules Bouchot at La Guingette while watching River traffic, FAB!

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For those with children, around 35 minutes or so there is Cobac Park, as a rough guide, this is not too afr from Combourg. It is a fun park, not too expensive, lots for kids to do and take rides on.

 

http://www.cobac-parc.com/?lang=en

 

Alternatively, there is the Zoo at La Bourbonsais, a must for kids.

 

http://www.labourbansais.com/

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Just been reading through this. I am thinking of booking a 24 hour trip from Portsmouth- St Malo Feb 20th for my birthday. I would have to drive to Portsmouth, but was wondering if a car is really needed in St Malo and is there a Hypermarket in the town?

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A car is not needed to visit St Malo, it is about 15 minutes walk from the terminal exit. Any hypermarkets would, I imagine, be St Servan but others can tell you more.

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The Hypermarkets in St Malo are a couple of miles or so from the ferryport and old town. There is however a supermarket in the Intra Muros old town close to the main gate. If you are on foot you will be limited in what you can carry anyway.

 

If you have not been before then the shops in the old town are quite interesting if a bit touristy.

 

I'm not sure of the dates, but when we have previously visited mid February there has been a fair just outside the old town.

 

If you drive to Portsmouth then you will need to park your car. Compare the cost of this with the cost of taking it over with you in which case you can buy as much as you want!

 

St Malo is a great place to visit, you will be sure to enjoy it.

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The Hypermarkets in St Malo are a couple of miles or so from the ferryport and old town. There is however a supermarket in the Intra Muros old town close to the main gate. If you are on foot you will be limited in what you can carry anyway.

 

If you have not been before then the shops in the old town are quite interesting if a bit touristy.

 

I'm not sure of the dates, but when we have previously visited mid February there has been a fair just outside the old town.

 

If you drive to Portsmouth then you will need to park your car. Compare the cost of this with the cost of taking it over with you in which case you can buy as much as you want!

 

St Malo is a great place to visit, you will be sure to enjoy it.

 

Thanks for the reply. I did compare the cost of parking with taking the car after posting and it works out cheaper to take it with us.

As you say, that way we can bring back what we want. Just waiting for the wife to confirm with work she can definitely take the time off and then will book it. £100 for 2, car and 4 berth cabin seems great value to me.

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And if the car is diesel, remember to come over empty and fill up at the Elf station on the way out towards Rennes (or towards Carrefour). Carrefour is the closest big supermarket but is a bit cramped, so you may prefer Cora at St Jouan des Guerets, with Decathlon sports shop next door, or Leclerc out towards Cancale.

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And if the car is diesel, remember to come over empty and fill up at the Elf station on the way out towards Rennes (or towards Carrefour). Carrefour is the closest big supermarket but is a bit cramped, so you may prefer Cora at St Jouan des Guerets, with Decathlon sports shop next door, or Leclerc out towards Cancale.

There is another Elf station on the dual carriageway northbound just north of Cora. Always very good prices, and a more familiar set up for UK motorists (fill up, go and pay in shop - no messing around with credit card operated pumps which sometimes won't accept UK cards).

 

By the way, if you are heading for Cora, don't follow your satnav into the village of St Jouan des Guerets (as I did the first time!). The supermarket is on a junction just north of the village, very visible from the main road.

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Both the Elf stations have the same prices and you pay in the shop in both if you want. Don't, whatever you do, use the Total station opposite on the southbound carriageway which iis mega expensive. (We are talking about the one out near Cora).

 

Coming from St Malo, just take the exit signed Centre Commerciale.

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Both the Elf stations have the same prices and you pay in the shop in both if you want. Don't, whatever you do, use the Total station opposite on the southbound carriageway which iis mega expensive. (We are talking about the one out near Cora).

 

Coming from St Malo, just take the exit signed Centre Commerciale.

I've noticed that generally about Total stations in France. Strangely enough, here is the UK, the Total on the A27 at Emsworth is about the best value on my regular route.

 

BTW, sorry for giving the impression above that I was comparing one ELF with the other - I meant in comparison with other service stations, especially the supermarket ones.

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I've noticed that generally about Total stations in France. Strangely enough, here is the UK, the Total on the A27 at Emsworth is about the best value on my regular route.

 

BTW, sorry for giving the impression above that I was comparing one ELF with the other - I meant in comparison with other service stations, especially the supermarket ones.

 

Elf is the no frill discount brand of Total. They for example don't accept cheques.

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There has been some press coverage about the Total stations being brought more into the Elf price bracket, but as yet I have not seen any change. It is a bit wierd to have the Total and Elf stations on opposite sides of the road at such vastly different prices! Hence why I mention the other Elf station at la Balue for anyone driving FROM the ferry. Driving TO the ferry the one on the dual carriageway is an ideal last fill up spot.

 

I have the feeling that Elf diesel is better quality than most supermarket diesel. My Laguna seems to run better on it.

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Thanks, all for the very good information here..... we were in St. Malo Saturday, and rattled across to Erquey for the market first (Great) then Cap. Fr. for a walk, before going to St. Suliac on the Rance for lunch (sadly no moules as not in season apparently but what a setting and we were quite happy with our Pelforth and Gallette complet sitting outside (in March!!) in glorious sunshine...... very soporific!

Back to St. Malo for a walk around the walls/ explore/ shop, a top up with cheaper diesel and a fabulous walk on a sandy beach...fabulous day out!!!

We will be back in June!

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Glad you had a good time - it looks like those of us who showed our impatience by doing the trip in February or earlier this month paid the price with the weather we got!

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Elcercado...... you can't call it!!!! we did the Santander mini cruise in Feb with flat calm seas (Foggy sometimes!) but sunny in Spain..... great!

However, our trip to St. Malo this week-end was a re-booking of our december trip which we decided to change as the forecast then was vile.... it was the week-end when the P.A went to Cherbourg following the link-span failure in St. Malo and the Wave FM'ers...... a narrow escape for us.... (We wouldn't usually be fortunate enough to do two trips so close together!)

I guess that means our trip in June on the Nex is going to be lumpy!!

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Still, I'd have loved to have gone across this weekend - I watched Normandie sail out of Portsmouth in the sunshine this afternoon, and really wished I was on board. Never mind, I'm off to Saint-Malo on Bretagne in just over a week, for an extended trip - hopefully the weather will be kind to me!

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Rather than Cap Frehel try a visit to Fort la Latte. It is off the D117 and is truly spectacular, it is a bit of a walk from the car-park but well worth it. Dont be put off by the closed main gates from the car-park, just open the ones at the side.

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In spring it is well worth taking a walk on the Point de la Varde in Parame for the wonderful displays of wild flowers, not to mention the excellent views. Walking from Intra Muros along the plage du sillon and back amkes a good morning out.

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