Here are a few aerial photos I took thanks to a friend (hello Manu…), at low tide:
The first shows that the walled city used to be an island linked to the shore by a long sand dune, the Sillon (the beach in the foreground, which you can see at night below). The water behind the dune has been used to create a harbour.
The second features the two "Bés", islands just off the walls, which you can reach on foot at low tide.
The last photo of Saint-Malo, shot on the opposite site compared to the first, shows the Solidor tower standing watch.
Up the Rance towards Dinan, the tide draws weird figures, around the foundations of a viking camp.
The walled city seen from the Grand Bé at low tide.
On a Christmas day, Rochebonne beach welcomes passers-by in the rain, with the walled city of Saint-Malo in the background and a wrought iron railing in the foreground. A clearing in the clouds lights the sand up.
Since 1990, the coasts of France have turned to their past to save or recreate their old ships. Saint-Malo, proud of its corsair past, has rebuilt "Le Renard", one of Robert Surcouf’s ships.
In 1999, the Cutty Sark race gathered very beautiful ships in Saint-Malo, I took a night shot of the harbour with all the big ships lit.
The wooden figureheads are very beautiful too.
West of Saint-Malo is Cape Fréhel, and very close by, Fort La Latte, a fourteenth century castle. From its keep, you get a view on the courts, and on Cape Fréhel. Its walls are towering above the blue-green water.