St Malo is France in an oyster-shell. A Francophile’s dream – art galleries, beaches, café society, casino, crepes, haute couture, macaroons, patisserie, shellfish and wine. Stylish Bretons treat it as a Parisian cat-walk in front of a dramatic Gothic backdrop. French gastronomy with an invigorating sea breeze. St Malo is the very essence of France. And on top of all that it has two annual rock festivals as well.
Cobbled streets, within a once formidable fortress, are still protected by the ramparts of war: seven metres thick in places. Built to keep out the English in the 17th and 18th centuries, today the citadel protects visitors from brutal Atlantic storms lashing the Brittany coastline. There are more fortifications than you can fire a cannon at: 83 of them.
Surprisingly, St Malo is something of a lost treasure. Ferries from Portsmouth dock and thousands of cars race past the old