Saint-Malo is a walled port city in Brittany. In the Middle Ages, it was a fortified island at the mouth of the Rance River, controlling not only the estuary but the open sea beyond. Later, Saint-Malo became notorious as the home of the corsairs, French privateers and sometimes pirates. Jacques Cartier, born in Saint-Malo, sailed from Saint-Malo up the Saint Lawrence River and visited sites of Quebec Citny and Montreal, and is thus credited as the discoverer of Canada.
Cancale lies along the coast to the east of Saint-Malo. A picturesque fishing village with a reputation as the "oyster capital" of Brittany, Cancale attracts tourists with a large number of choice restaurants serving seafood.