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Cancale / St-Malo

[ Cycle routes Tour de Manche ] [ Le Mont-St-Michel > St-Malo ]
  • 18.7 km
  • expert Level Expert

You pass through the peaceful village of St. Coulomb and along charming narrow lanes through farmland with distinctive, protected hedges. The rock sculptures of Rotheneuf were created by a hermit priest. Soon St Malo’s battlements are in sight: look out for the wooden stakes on the beach, serving as groynes.

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The loop road goes around the town centre of Cancale before taking up quiet farmland roads towards the village of St. Coulomb.  Take extra care when crossing the RD 76 to the hamlet of La Croix Blanche.  Between St. Coulomb and St. Malo remain alert - particularly if travelling with children - when cycling on the coastal road RD 201.  There is an alternative on unmarked quiet roads between St. Coulomb and Rotheneuf, via the hamlet of St. Vincent and Limoëlou.  Entry into St. Malo is made via Rotheneuf.  

Raylway Station


Saint Malo Train Station
TGV and TER to Rennes, Paris.
TER to Dol-de-Bretagne.



Office de tourisme de St-Malo
Esplanade Saint-Vincent 35400 Saint-Malo
Tél. 0 825 135 200


Not to be missed


Visit to the Malouinière de Saint-Coulomb stately home
At Saint Malo, spend a day discovering the historical heritage of the ‘City of the Corsairs’: Intra-Muros (the inner city), the National Fort, battlements, the history museum, the Long Cours/Cap Hornier (museum dedicated to those who sailed around Cape Horn), trace the life of explorer Jacques Cartier and visit the 18th century Hotel Asfeld.
The Grand Aquarium, one of the largest in France, is also a must-see.
At low tide, you can walk out from St Malo to the islets of Grand Bé (where the tomb of writer François-René de Chateaubriand can be found) and Petit Bé, which has a 17th century fort.
A number of boat trips are also available out of St Malo, providing the opportunity to discover the magnificent ‘Emerald Coast’.
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The Emerald Coast 1

From the natural wonder of Mont St Michel through to Cap Frehel, the coast is a constantly changing film set: vast arcs of sandy beaches alternate with cliffs and craggy coves, sea-carved from pink granite. Gaze out across the green-blue waters and it’s plain why this part of Brittany is dubbed the “Emerald Coast”…     


The Emerald Coast 2
The Emerald Coast - with its pink granite cliffs, turquoise seas, craggy coves, powerful headlands jutting out to sea and gleaming white beaches - is one of Europe’s most dramatic and captivating landscapes… and studded with fascinating walled towns, picturesque fishing villages, grand manor houses and abandoned forts.






The Romans first walled the city, recognising its strategic importance, and generations have built on these defences making it a massively impressive fortress of granite. The Malouins have become great mariners – sailors, fishermen, and also fearsome corsairs – as well as great explorers such as Jacques Cartier.           




Les Malouinières


The sea – through legal and illegal activities - has made many Malouins rich over the centuries. Some of this wealth remains on show in the ‘malouinières’ dotting the outskirts of the town – huge, extravagantly designed pleasure palaces built during the 17th and 18th centuries, of which over a hundred remain.                                    




Cycling in the Tracks of Steam and the 17th century fishing village of St Aubin.


Of Jersey’s many quiet trails, one of the most popular is the short (7.5 miles/12 kilometres) and almost entirely flat Tracks of Steam cycle way. Follow the line of the Jersey Railways and Tramways Company to the delightful 17th century fishing village of St Aubin – also home to a fort, accessible at low tide.







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