Crystal clear water with emerald green highlights surround an archipelago of islands and islets located off the coast of St. Malo. Escape to the Chausey Islands, or even the Channel Islands, a little further offshore.
The islands of Saint-Malo in the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel
Take a day trip to the wild and uninhabited islands such as Cézembre, Grand-Bé or spend some time on the beautiful Chausey Islands.
The Chausey Islands, a granite archipelago
The Chauseys form the largest archipelago in Europe. It groups together 365 islets at low tide and 52 at high tide. The tidal range in the archipelago can reach 14 meters during high tides, which gives the landscape an almost lunar appearance when the sea is low.
Grande Île, the main island, is accessible by shuttle from Saint-Malo when the weather allows. once there, the disconnection from daily life is complete - the first thing you'll notice is the total absence of cars! The natural environment, the sea and the beautiful white sandy beaches are picture postcard perfect. you'll be able to spend the day there or to make the pleasure last by staying overnight in the island's only hotel.
Cézembre, the forbidden island
Only the beach is accessible to visitors to the island of Cézembre during a beautiful sunny day. Formerly fortified by the German army, the island is prohibited throughout the northern part for safety reasons. Wild and uninhabited, it has one of the very best beaches on the coast, being the only beach to face south. Ferries depart from Saint-Malo every day in the tourist season, tides and weather permitting.
The island of Grand-Bé, the tomb of Châteaubriand
This uninhabited island is located at the foot of the ramparts of Saint-Malo. You can see the tomb of the writer Châteaubriand, inventor of French Romanticism and born in Saint-Malo. You can only reach the island (and get back) at low tide, so check the tide tables before you go!
The Channel Islands
Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, are the five main islands of the Channel Archipelago which comprises more than a thousand islets and reefs. The two largest, Jersey and Guernsey, are very busy, especially at weekends.
The islands belong to the British crown but are not part of the European Union. That is why a valid passport is essential to visit them. A ferry company operates from Saint-Malo, with 14 trips a week.
Twenty minutes crossing time with the fast Condor to reach the biggest island of the archipelago. Jersey Island is a popular destination for French visitors who love the English-style shopping experience. Saint-Helier, the capital, is famous for its beautiful prêt-à-porter boutiques, designer and antique items, and luxury brands.
Jersey is first and foremost an island with a wild and unspoiled natural environment with great sandy beaches and huge cliffs. The island, exposed to the waves of the Atlantic in the bay of Saint-Ouen, is a popular surf spot.
Guernsey, the wildflower island
The natural world is also exceptionally beautiful on the island of Guernsey, 1 hour crossing from Jersey. Nature reserves, quaint little harbours, sandy beaches and rocky creeks stretch along the island's 160 km of coastline. Lavender, exotic lilies and wild orchids perfume the island for much of the year.
At St. Peter Port, the capital, Hauteville House, where Victor Hugo lived, is a must-see! Its extraordinary decor reflects the genius of the writer who spent fifteen years in exile here in this house, built on the heights of the town.