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St.-Malo has been an important harbor for centuries. Once the refuge of pirates and corsairs, today it is perhaps best known as a ferry port. But there's a lot going on for tourists, especially in the summer. Just about every water sport is available—kayaking, canoeing, sailboarding, you name it. And there are ample opportunities to go sailing. You can even investigate a spectacular tall ship, the Etoile du roi, that sits in the harbor most days; for a small fee you can have a look around the 18th-century frigate that recently has been restored and used in several TV productions. For teenagers, there's the European Leadership School that operates out of St.-Malo during the summer. They take teenagers on three-week sailing expeditions to the Channel Islands and the southern coast of England. For those who like to hike, there are miles of paths that follow the dramatic coastline.