Three French, walled, medieval towns to discover in France

France is filled with beautiful, charming, medieval towns that await you with exciting history and culture. Here are three cities of our favorites in Britany: Saint-Malo, Dinan and Vannes - three wonderful towns you should put on your bucket list for your trip to France.

Saint-Malo, the Corsairs' city with well-preserved ramparts

The jewel of Brittany’s Emerald Coast on the northern tip of Ille-et-Vilaine, Saint-Malo is an enthralling port town with an ever-changing landscape and one of the world’s greatest tidal ranges.

It’s a place of history and legend with well-preserved ramparts, cobbled streets, and old stone buildings – as well as the birthplace of several illustrious historical characters from Brittany – and offers visitors an authentic glimpse into the region’s important seafaring past. It’s also the gateway to the Channel Islands (External link) .

Don’t miss…

  • __A tour of the ramparts
  • Saint-Vincent cathedral
  • The Grand Aquarium, home to 600 species of fish from cold and hot waters across the globe
  • Musée de la Ville
  • Le Manoir de Limoëlou, housing a museum to Breton explorer Jacques Cartier, who discovered Canada
  • The tidal islands of Grand Bé and Petit Bé__

Learn more:
St-Malo Tourist Office
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Dinan a typical city from the Middle Ages

Set high above the Rance river, Dinan and its 14th-century castle are enclosed by 3km of stone walls. Start at the marina and enjoy a walk along the estuary, before ascending to see the town’s crooked timber-framed houses with pointed gables which are straight out of the Middle Ages.

Don’t miss...

  • The old rampart walkway
  • Dinan’s castle, with 14th-century dungeon built into its ramparts and classified as a historical monument
  • The Saint-Malo church (15th-19th centuries), Saint-Sauveur basilica (12th-19th centuries) and Convent des Cordeliers (15th century), all gems of religious art in the middle ages
  • The governor's house (15th century), Hotel de Beaumanoir (16th century) and Mère Pourcel’s house (15th century)
  • Rue du Jerzual, the town’s main street and arguably its most beautiful, awash with artisans

Learn more:
Dinan Tourist Office
Rance Valley
9 rue du Château
22105 Dinan
Tel: +33 (0)2 96 87 69 76 (External link) (External link)

Vannes, a breton medieval pictural town

Beautiful Vannes overlooks the Golfe du Morbihan (External link) , a network of winding alleys and pretty squares with splendid fortifications and a picture-perfect marina.

There’s a plethora of great bars and restaurants here and it’s an excellent base from which to explore Morbihan’s islands too.

Don’t miss…

  • A tour of the ramparts
  • La Cohue (Musée des Beaux Arts)
  • Musée d’Histoire et d’Archéologie
  • Cathédrale St-Pierre
  • Bilboquet, an old-fashioned toy shop

Learn more:
Vannes Tourist Office (External link)