The famous citadel, which is accessible by the long causeway, was used to defend the city from seaborne attack. Unfortunately, at least from an architectural standpoint, the modern harbor now hides much of the old Medieval coastline.

The overall look of the city is that of a traditional Middle Ages walled-city, but in fact much of Saint-Malo was rebuild in the late 1940s and 1950s with the earlier style and design. The original city, which managed to survive for centuries, was destroyed in 1944 when it was used by Germans as a last stand in the Brittany region. The city was rebuilt stone by stone and today is a truly inspiring site.

The Saint Servan district, which is south of the citadel and within walking distance was originally build in the 14th and 16th centuries and despite the renovations remains almost unchanged in site. This part of town contains the three linked towers that were built in the 14th century and were known as the Steir Dor, or “gateway of the river.”

The city’s Cathedral of Saint Vincent is a classic example of early Gothic architecture in northern France and while it suffered damage during the Second World War, it is one of the sites that makes Saint-Malo the special city that it is today.