St-Malo was originally in the Middle Ages a fortified island at the mouth of the Rance, controlling not only the estuary but the open sea beyond. It traces its origins to a monastic settlement founded by saints Aaron and Brendan early in the sixth century. In later centuries it became a pirate haven; for four years from 1590, St-Malo even declared itself to be an independent republic. St-Malo is the most visited place in Brittany, combining a romantic walled town with an equally romantic seashore.



approaching along the wall promenade