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Saint-Malo, a staggering walled port city, is full of mystery. Wandering through the cobbled streets of the old town it feels like you’ve stepped back in time. This popular tourist destination and busy ferry port really offers visitors an authentic glimpse into Brittany’s important seafaring past. The city was once notorious as the home of the corsairs, French privateers and sometimes pirates. In the 19th century this notoriety was portrayed in Jean Richepin's play Le Flibustier.
During the Middle Ages the city was a fortified island at the mouth of the Rance River, controlling not just the estuary but the open sea beyond. Today, it is inseparably attached to the mainland, its ramparts remain, and it is the most visited place in Brittany. Regular visitors arrive from all over, with ferries from Poole, Portsmouth and Weymouth in England, via the Channel Islands.