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Saint Malo is a small port city in the Brittany region in northwest France on the English Channel. It is also sits in the Ille-et-Vilaine department. Once the feared base of pirates, today it is one of the top tourist draws in Brittany. The star of the show is the atmospheric walled city, largely destroyed in WWII but has since been reconstructed. The harbour today connects the walled city to the mainland.
Saint Malo traces its origins to a monastic settlement founded by Saint Aaron and Saint Brendan early in the 6th century. It became notorious as the home of the corsairs, French privateers and pirates. The corsairs of Saint Malo not only forced English ships passing up the Channel to pay tribute, but also brought wealth from further afield. In 1758 the Raid on St Malo saw a British expedition land intending to capture the town however they instead occupied the nearby town of St Servan where they destroyed 30 privateers. Today Saint Malo is consideredto be the most attractive channel port in France and its cobbled streets are brimming with hotels, restaurants, bars and shops.