Photography in Saint Malo is a pleasure for any amateur or professional photographer. Walking around the coast and the wall of the city just in front of the Atlantic Ocean!


Saint-Malo is a fortified city located in Brittany, France. It’s a city of pirates full of interesting history. In fact,this town is very picturesque and certainly a must on every photography tour through northern France, Brittany, and Normandy.

Introduction Photography Saint Malo

Easy to walking through Saint Malo offer a lot to any photographer. Get ready to explore Saint-Malo’s coastal setting, walk its ramparts, learn about its intriguing history. Here’s how to spend the perfect day shooting in town.

My favorite Location to shot

Start your visit to the wall of Saint-Malo that surrounds the historic center of the city. It was built in two different time periods, the first was built between the Middle Ages and the seventeenth century and the expansion took place in the eighteenth century. From there you can have a nice view of the small handsome town and give you an idea of what are the better location to shooting. In fact from there you can see the beach, the castle and the main attractive of the old town. So from above you have one of the best views of the Breton coast. Ranging from Pointe de la Varde to Cape Frehel and if you look back you will see the Cathedral Tower.

Rocks, Bretagne, France, seascape
Rocks, Bretagne, France Rolleflex Planar

Keep walking and you will see the “Cavaliers des Champs Vauverts”, built-in 1564 as a casting of artillery pieces. Today it is a public garden, the tower of Notre-Dame Cathedral and the beach of Bon Secours, where the gate of Bés is located. And very close there is a house of the sixteenth century that served as surveillance shed. As we have already told, in front you will see the islet of Grand Bé, where Chateaubriand is buried and a second islet with a fort of the seventeenth century, which can be reached walking at low tide. However, when there is high tide it is isolated.

Be careful if you decide to go, there are quite a few posters warning that if you get caught at the tide on the islet you will be isolated, but better that than if it catches you coming back! There are already several people who have drowned!

So after that you can go down to the beach and the famous swimming poll with trampoline. For that reason you need to have an idea of what you wanna shot because the scenario change fast due at the tides of the day. Usually you can find in hotel or in web the calendar of the tides in Brittany. Before any workshop I make there I try to look the tides to get prepare.


Be prepare Photography Saint Malo

Brittany is a spectacular land, but it is good to be prepared to sudden and unpleasant situations. In fact, the weather is definitely variable, so it can range even on a sunny day to a storm of water. So moreover the place is famous for its powerful oceanic storms with winds that sometimes reach 200km / h and if we have luck to come across a similar weather event is good to accept the situation and have a good anti rain. Therefore ,Waterproof boots are a must, useful for walking on the cliffs and having your feet dry and warm during a possible disturbance. Also a waterproof backpack cover is a must, to have the equipment always under cover; these are extreme situations, but not improbable, so starting biased is always part of the game.


Photography workshop Brittany
Bretagne, Rolleiflex Planar

Once you’ve got your gear together, you need to prepare like a highly organized person to capture amazing landscape and scene. So try to check everything, starting from the weather and location. After knowing when and where it is, i look a map of the country, figured out an itinerary and finally you get there. So it Is important to know What kind of subject want to shooting and what story you gonna want to tell.


Around Saint Malo

The Coast of the Lighthouses of Brittany, in the North-West of France. It is undoubtedly one of the favorite places for photographers around Saint Malo. In fact thanks to the splendid cliffs dominated by lighthouses of various shapes and sizes, from the most imposing and majestic to those smaller and more graceful. The Phare de l’Ile Vierge, the tallest stone specimen in the world with its 82 meters by 400 steps. This one is located in the north of the Finistère region: in this part of Brittany alone there are 48 lighthouses.

Lighthouse,L'Ile de Vierge, Bretagne, France
L’Ile de Vierge, Bretagne, France Rolleiflex Planar

The most fascinating Breton lighthouse is located in the village of Le Conquet, on the tip of Saint Mathieu. The feeling is that we have really reached the end of the world. After visiting the ruins of the village, you can climb to the top: if the sky is clear you can see the whole Finistère. From Le Conquet you can go on a trip to the sea, discovering other lighthouses: on the nearby island of Ouessant the le Creac’h lighthouse is hoisted, with its white and blue striped “T-shirt” as a perfect sailor, which marks the entrance into the English Channel. Towards Brest, however, you can see the beautiful Petit Minou lighthouse. Maybe this one is the most Photogenic one, and deserve a good time to shooting.

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