To be precise, there are actually two ports: the Sablons Port and the Vauban Basin.
Accessing them can be difficult due to large tidal ranges. In fact, two hours and a half before high tide and two hours and a half after it, the doors close and ships can no longer gain access to the ports. So make sure you contact the harbour master’s office and enquire about tide schedules beforehand.
The Sablons port offers 1200 berths of which about 60 of them are for visitors. Allow 25 Euros per night for a 10-metre boat during high season. As for the Vauban basin, it is located at the foot of the ramparts and has 225 berths including 50 for visitors. The price for one night during high season is about 35 Euros.
Once ashore, a fuel station, bathroom and toilet facilities and a coin-operated laundry are available to you.
Don’t worry if you need some work and repairs done to your boat, you will find many ship handlers in the port such as Nautilots and Sumalo Marine (Quais Bas-Sablons).If you need an internet connection, you can go to the Cyber Phare, which is located within the walled city (street name and phone number: rue des Grands-Degrès / 00 33 2 23 18 22 08).
Saint Malo boasts a rich and flamboyant historic past as can be seen from the ramparts surrounding the town along which the Dukes of Brittany erected the chateau of Saint-Malo between the XVth and XVIIIth century in order to enforce their control over the city. These days, the chateau houses the town hall and the town’s history museum. It is a very interesting place, which recounts the history of Saint-Malo, its traditions and the personalities that have made the city great.
Saint-Malo will be a dream destination for lovers of old buildings as it is full of churches of all kinds. The most beautiful one is the Cathedral of St. Vincent erected in the XIIth century and displaying an architectural style somewhere between the Romanesque and Gothic. The Tomb of Chateaubriand (1768-1848) situated on the île du Grand Be will delight the fans of this famous writer and author of “Memoirs from Beyond the Grave”. A few metres away, still on the Île du Grand Be, lies a Fort built in the XVIIth to protect the town; but it is only accessible at low tide.
The Solidor Tower, near the port of Saint-Pierre, houses the international museum “Long-Cours Cap-hornier”. It is dedicated to cape-horners and traces their expeditions around Cape Horn. A collection of parchments, globes, model boats and nautical instruments are exhibited to the great delight of passionate sailors. The place itself is worth a visit just for the view on the Rance estuary.
From mid-June to mid-September, guided tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.30 am and on Saturdays at 2.30 pm. For more information, please contact the Tourist Office (Esplanade St. Vincent, 0033 8 25 13 52 00).
Saint-Malo hosts the start of the famous sailing race called “La Route du Rhum”, and the finish of the transatlantic race Quebec / Saint-Malo. Also, don’t miss the “Saint Malo à la Hune” used boat show, the best way to find a beautiful sailboat at a lower cost.
Finally, Saint-Malo also welcomes many festivals throughout the year such as the music festival “La Route du Rock” in February and August, the comic strip festival “Le Quai des Bulles” in October, and the festival “Folklores du Monde” in July that welcomes music and dance groups from the four corners of the globe...
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