National fort

A royal city near the campsite

Brittany first attracts for its natural setting out of the ordinary. Region with strong character, it also pleases thanks to a very well preserved architectural and cultural heritage. More than mere monuments, it is often the cities themselves, all of them, that still bear witness to its rich history. Starting with Saint-Malo, one of the most famous Breton ports in Ille et Vilaine , just 30 kilometers from the Château de Galinée. It is impossible to ignore the privateer city wanted by Vauban. We always take pleasure in discovering the ramparts, the narrow and steep streets, the cathedral mixing Romanesque and Gothic styles, half-timbered houses and the history of shipowners, explorers and privateers like Jacques Cartier or Surcouf who have made the reputation of the fortified city. We also discover the childhood of the famous writer, Chateaubriand. The bay of Saint-Malo remains an ideal place to observe the largest tides in Europe.

Visit of a bastion classified as a historical monument

We do not visit Saint-Malo without treading the beaches of Sillon to go to National Fort . This bastion built on the rock in 1689 on the orders of Louis XIV testifies to the warlike past which opposed then England and Holland to the kingdom of France. It is accessed at low tide when the French flag is hoisted up the fort. Once past the drawbridge, the imposing walls give way to sad dungeons and reveal a military history full of anecdotes and twists. Fort National has helped avoid the sheer destruction of the city by the Anglo-Dutch fleet, an exciting story to discover on the spot. It is also the scene of an epic duel between the famous Surcouf corsair and a horde of Prussian officers … and it is on the island of Grand Bé, a few steps from the fort, that Chateaubriand rests.

Other visits not to be missed in Ille et Vilaine: Mont Saint Michel, Pointe of Grouin

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