St Malo Grande Plage (Plage du Sillon)
Stretching from the Intra Muros (walled town) to Pointe de Rochebonne the aptly named “Big beach” consists of over 2 kilometres of gently sloping golden sand. This north facing beach can be divided up into several sections, the longest, and most popular of which is the Plage du Sillon which backs onto St Malo itself. Further along, at Parame is the Plage la Hoguette followed by Plage de Rochebonne at the far end. All have their own lifeguard patrol.
Whilst the end of the beach closest to the old town (sillon) is more sheltered it does tend to disappear when the tide is high, so worth checking the tides before visiting. This section of beach is also backed by hundreds of tree trunks set in the sand which originally served as breakwaters to protect the town from the waves huge tides here. Sitting just in front of the stone sea wall and promenade they still act to take a little of the force out of the sea on stormy days.
For those who fancy a stroll there is a pathway (La Digue de Rochebonne) running most of the length of the beach. This is a great way to take in the scenery and check out some of the impressive 19th century villas that dot the waterfront here.
In summer the beach is immensly popular and a hive of various water-based activities from padddling to kitesurfing. The good news is the beach is big enough to cope with all the visitors whilst remaining clean and providing all the facilities you’ll need for a family day at the beach.
If all this isn’t enough to convince you that Grande Plage is worth a visit then maybe the fact that the beach was voted the best in France by Trip Advisor in 2018.
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