FERRY & HOTEL
The Originals du Château, Dinan
France > Brittany > DINAN
This lovely old stone built hotel is opposite the castle in the heart of medieval Dinan. The bedrooms, decorated in warm natural tones, are compact but pleasant and each has a wall that features a quote from the famous French writer Victor Hugo who once stayed here. A good continental breakfast is available each morning in the bright dining room and there is a bar where you can relax in the evening with a drink before deciding where to dine - you'll be spoilt for choice by the many restaurants with their tempting menus. Hotel garage (limited) approx. 12€/night or free public parking. Dinan is a lovely medieval citadel in a beautiful setting high above the river Rance and its ancient splendour is as close to perfection as you're ever likely to see. With streets of medieval housing among its many historical attractions, its past could absorb you almost indefinitely. It has a 13th century château that houses a museum charting the town's long heritage, and it's also the best place to start exploring the defensive walls that are 3k in length and probably the most impressive of any in the region - there is even a festival held each July to honour and celebrate their importance. And, if you have the energy, the 158 step climb to the top of the Tour de l'Horloge is well worth it for wonderful views stretching as far as Mont St Michel on a clear day. Dinan is well known for its art and crafts too and is full of artists sculptors and glass blowers, many of whom display their products at the Thursday morning market or in the little shops that line the Rue du Petit Fort, the steep cobbled street that leads down to the port and features on many a postcard. Pretty old stone houses line the quay, many of which have been converted into great restaurants or traditional crêperies.