Dinard travel guide

Cities and towns

About Dinard

Dinard in Brittany is a fashionable seaside resort that first came to popularity during the Belle Epoque of the 19th century. 

Originally a little fishing village at the mouth of the River Rance, in the 19th century, Dinard became the place to be seen for French and international aristocrats. Magnificent villas, created in an eclectic mixture of architectural styles sprang up all along the coast of Dinard. Take a walk along the seafront and the coastal paths to discover these wonderful buildings which are now protected. The town has 3 very pretty beaches, especially the main beach, Plage de l'Écluse, to enjoy some time sunbathing. Known as the garden city by the sea, there is much greenery to enjoy, especially the promenade Clair de Lune, a moonlight walk between Plage du Prieuré and Pointe du Moulinet, where the gardens are illuminated at night with music playing. For over 20 years Dinard has played host to the annual Festival du Film Brittanique de Dinard in October, showcasing the best of British film to a European audience. You might even spot some British and French stars!

Explore the coast and along the River Rance with boat trips, or go kayaking and boating on the river. You can even take a guided tour in a kayak, as well asd tours on land around the town where you can discover more about the history of Dinard. Why not try your hand at something new with lots of artistic and cultural workshops available including watercolour painting, sculpture, tapestry weaving, tango and more? There is also plenty to do for those who like an active holiday with surfing and boating schools as well as tennis clubs, horse riding, and pilot lessons. Or, if you are looking for relaxation, try Dinard's spas for thalassotherapy and beauty treatments for a rejuvenating wellness break. Kids are also well catered for with puppet shows, pony rides, mini golf and a wonderful 5 acre park, the Park Harbour Breton, overlooking the Plage du Prieuré where 40 different species of animals, including deer, donkey, wallabies, pheasants and llamas are looked after and the children will enjoy playing in the playgrounds!

Art lovers will find much to see and buy in Dinard's 20 art galleries, as well as the town's antiques shops and quaint boutiques. Try some local fresh produce at the Place Crolard market, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the year. Dinard has some great crêperies where you can enjoy crêpes and galettes served traditionally with cider, or try one of Dinard's many restaurants for some excellent fine dining, with lots of exquisite locally-caught seafood on the menu.

Why visit Dinard?

  • Casino Barrière de Dinard
  • British Film Festival
  • Beautiful seaside walks
  • Excellent restaurants

Overview

  • Country: France
  • Region: Brittany
  • Department: Ille-et-Vilaine
  • Population: 11,000
  • Coordinates: 48.632873,-2.055194

Coordinates shown are based on the WGS84 system, please check driving directions before departing.

Nearby attractions

Fancy a spin on the roulette wheel? Or perhaps stud poker is more your game? At the Casino Barrière de Dinard, you can try your hand at lots of games including blackjack and Texas hold'em poker.

Originally build to guard the River Rance, this fairytale tower is now a museum dedicated to the sailors of St Malo and the French explorers who first negotiated Cape Horn.

St Malo has 2 islands just off its coast - the islands of Grand Be and Petit Be. At low tide you can walk across the stone flags to the island of Grand Be where the tomb of the famous Romantic writer, Francois-René de...

Board the Chateaubriand, a charming wooden boat with sundeck, at the Barrage de la Rance between Dinard and St Malo. Cruise the calm waters of the river Rance and admire the panoramic views and stunning landscape.

Places to visit nearby

The beautiful city of St Malo in Brittany curves out to sea on a stunning natural harbour that has created some of the best sandy beaches on the Emerald Coast.

Dinan in Brittany is a charming riverside town, full of medieval history, with a 13th century castle and ramparts that encircle this well-preserved sanctuary where time has stood still.

Dol-de-Bretagne in Brittany is a quaint medieval town close to the rugged Mont Dol that overlooks the bay of Mont St Michel.

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