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First time stage town – 3,400 inhabitants– GILDASIENS The administrative centre of the Loire-Atlantique canton, halfway between Redon and Saint-Nazaire, Saint-Gildas-des-Bois takes its name from a pine forest planted at the time of the reign of Louis-Philippe.
Near to an attractive coastline, it offers a quality environment and a fulfilling way of life in terms of local services, businesses and school and sports facilities.
You will also find a farm school where the Fédération Compagnonnique des Métiers du Bâtiment offers its students training courses.
The centre of the commune is dominated both by the imposing Benedictine Abbey, founded at the beginning of the 11th century that is today home to the community of the Sisters of Saint-Gildas and by the Abbey Church, built the following century.
Built in a rust coloured sandstone and classed as an historic monument, it counts amongst the most beautiful Roman churches in Brittany.
Notably you can admire the fourteen new windows in monochrome crystal representing meditating children that replaced the previous windows that were destroyed during the Second World War.
8 times stage town 52,000 inhabitants (Malouins) - 52,000 inhabitants Soon only 2 and a quarter hours from Paris, thanks to the LGV, Saint-Malo is an authentic and lively destination that every years welcomes more than two million visitors.
An appeal put down to both its exceptional environment, the Emerald coast, its find sand beaches, its ramparts, its castle built in the 15th century by the Dukes of Brittany and to its history, written in part by its great men, illustrious writers like Chateaubriand, or world explorers like Jacques Cartier, Robert Surcouf and Duguay-Trouin.
A tourist destination, Saint-Malo is also an attractive and job creating town, placed 11th in the Top 100 places to run a business.
Part of the Mer Bretagne centre of excellence it has developed into a town dedicated to marine biotechnology.
And what would Saint-Malo be without its great cultural and nautical events ? You automatically think of the festivals of Amazing Travellers, of the Quai des Bulles, of the Route of Rock, of the Classic at Large but also of all the great events like the Route du Rhum or the Québec-Saint-Malo that harks back to the long maritime tradition of the walled city.