Eye-catching beauty, wonderful history
Good introduction to Brittany
The old town of Dinan is really lovely. I think what makes it more so, is the River Rance. Water, lots of Boats, Old Medieval homes, shops, cafes, this is a lovely area to spend some time. There are boat tours available, they leave from Porte de Dinan quayside and take 2¾ hours.............we didn't do one, not enough time.As we were leaving Dinan,...more
Dinan is a medieval town, so it is no wonder that it has a Chateau. The Dinan Chateau, also known as the Tower of Duchesse Anne, was built in the 14th Century, between 1382-1387. Dinan, city and castle, were the property of the family of Dinan until XIII centuryIn the chapel on the ground floor of the castle keep, there is a collection of holy...more
Dinan is medieval walled city and its walls or ramparts are some of the best preserved in France. The ramparts extend for almost 2 miles around the compact old town, including 14 watch-towers and 4 decorative gateways. You can take a walk around much of the walls, which offer fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. The tourist office has a...more
Dinan is Brittany's one of the most beautiful all-round medieval town. You can see houses and buildings built by heavy stones. They can stand against the strong wind of Brittany. Its relatively small town and the architect is typically Brittany.One really enjoys walking around and visiting medieval streets.more
This attractive garden behind the Basilique Ste-Sauveur and enclosed by the ramparts is a pleasant place for a stroll, specially if you have young children in need of a run-a-bout with you. From the walls of the ramparts there are good views of the river - telescopes are provided for a beter view for a Euro coin or thereabouts.more
Dinan attracts tourists - why wouldn't it with such a wealth of preserved buildings, the river and all its history. - there are tourist shops - lots of postcards and souvenirs alongside butchers and bakers - but it never strikes me as "tacky tourism". This is still a real working little town with a life of its own - shared with lots of...more
When you have explored the old town take a walk down Rue du Jerzual and through la Porte du Jerzual and the change in light and scenery will be quite dramatic as your eyes light upon the busy river scene - the small boats alongside, and in the little marina, riverside creperiies, bars and cafes and a view towards the bridges - the viaduct and old...more
This is an impressive looking church with a lovely Romanesque Porch. The Guide book description is intriguing and describes an extraordinarily asymmetrical interior with a Romanesque south side , with flamboyant Gothic in the north side , transept and chancel. We have often used the small car park in the little square front of the church at...more
26 Quai Des Talards, Dinan, Brittany, FR-22100, France
Good for: Couples
This hotel is just outside the city wall in a quiet neighbourhood but no more than a few minutes...more
We stayed in Dinan for two nights at the lovely Hotel Arvor. I chose this hotel as it was situated...more
After reading another positive review on VT we went to the Cafe Terrace in the pretty Dinan port and found the food good and the service excellent.We were spoiled with the menu being in French and English and all the staff spoke good English too which make things a little easier sometimes. Attentitive service too.Mains were fine with the pork being...more
The name cosy gives a clue. This is a small clean and friendly restaurant. Beer choice was poor but the choice of wine was very good. The tartines and salads I am told by the other seven members of our party were excellent. Be sure what you are ordering and don't presume like me. I ordered andouillette, which I thought was a pork sausage. The first...more
No longer glorious nor delicious.Grilled steak (entrecôte grillée) with fries and bearnaise sauce served... cold because presented on a cold plate (13€) - Fricassee St Jacques or scallops - about 6 small ones (frozen because out of season) with rice (15,90€) - A pound of ordinary mussels, NOT the AOC bouchot mussels from the Mont-St-Michel nearby,...more
This restaurant was founded in 1927 and is still doing very well. I tried this restaurant a week day and it was hard to get a table without booking it.Their speciality are the casseroles so you have to try one of them!Lovely atmosphere with the deco and excellent service.more
They are supposedly known for their mussels (thus the name Moulerie), unfortunately the season was over (Thanksgiving) when we visited. However the scallop season is just started. Most of there dishes have scallops and they were all yummm. Noir St. Jacques, aka scallops.more
In June/July 2006 we had a 9 day driving holiday in France. We caught a car ferry from Dover to Calais, drove down through Normandy, popped into Brittany and then caught the ferry back to Dover from Boulogne-sur-Mer.We chose to take our own car over, as the cost of the ferry and petrol was significantly cheaper than flying from London and hiring a...more
This tourism train take you to the main sites of Dinan including the beautiful river-side Dinan. It takes 40 minutes and cost €6 and €4 for adults and children, respectively. Hours: 9h -15. Its an ideal way to see the town when your time is limited.The train starts from Theatre des Jacobinsmore
For senior citizens with a limited walking capacity, the upper part of Dinan is relatively easy (except perhaps for the cobblestones). Getting to the Port is not stressful because it is downhill. But how to get back up to the town center? (I do not think there are taxis). The tourist train makes stops at 3 points: the Theatre des Jacobins, Pl. du...more
We like to shop for food around La Place des Merciers and find good bread, cheeses and pate, fruit and vegetables and meat. So much nicer and more interesting than a supermarket "shop".Members of the family have bought watch straps, shoes, ear-rings, colouring books and toys, a handbag and useful things for the house or garage tool box.Even the...more
If you wander the town you will visit the r. de L'Horloge to the tourist office and the Clock Tower. Between the two on the right, the r. de Saint-Sauveur leads to that church. Shortly after entereing it on your left is a fine entrance gate to an old stone mansion. If you peer into the open courtyard you will see a sign directing you to a veritable...more
There are many craft shops as you walk the town down to the Jerzual Gate. We have found that when travelling light the only things to look for are textiles (doilies ,scarves) that take up the space of a discarded old T-shirt. Sometimes sturdy trinkets of wood (window shade pulls). For those who come from nearby in their own car, the glasswork shown...more
All our children used to walking, cycling or travelling by car look on a train ride as a real treat particularly an old steamengine pulled train. Which means we don't have a chorus of "Want to go on the little train" whenever they spot a little tourist train!.
One day as we were making our way around the side of the Basilique Saint-Sauveur from a walk in the Jardin Anglais and the ramparts before we heard the bell of the little train or saw it coming we heard a fanfare of horns heralding a motorcycle and car cavalcade followed by the gaily bedecked little train.
But they could not have gone on this one for if followed a procession of bridal cars and carried all the wedding guests around town and to the place of the reception. The hooting of motor horns following a marriage seems a local custom in France, Italy and Spain and is heard more and more in the UK.
Taking a car in to the old town is possible but finding a parking place can be very difficult and quite expensive.
There are only about 3 designated car parks within the Ramparts - the biggest is in Place du Guesclin (except on Market Day).
You can't mistake the Place it is bordered by elegant 18th century houses and a few hotels , and dominated by a huge statue if Bertrand du Guesclin on horseback. It was du Guesclin who defeated the treacherous Duke of Canterbury in 1357.
We discovered that between 12 noon and 2pm parking is free - you need to be ready to take a place vacated by morning shoppers or workers going home for lunch, but that 2 hour slot was enough for a little shopping, a lunchtime snack and people watching, and a short wander through the lanes.
Dinard started out as a little fishing village and is now as coastal Resort. It is another town, where the "English" come to be beside the seaside. Once again, there a beautiful Villa's & Mansions along the seaside, luxury Hotels, a Casino, plenty of Cafes, plus good beaches and sea-side walks. In Summer, it is very busy with Tourist's.A nice area...more
This ancient cobbled street just arrested my attention due to it aged look and charming old stone houses with the colorful windowboxes. Only after reading a little Dinan guidebook did I learn that it was for about 1000 years the main thoroughfare from the port up the hill to the heart of town. It was in pepetual activity then and saw mingling there...more
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Dinan is simply a step back in time. With 14th century half timbered homes and castle ramparts nothing comes close to the authenticity of the town. With numerous restaurants and bars Dinan is a great place to visit any time of the year. If possible you should try to stay up in the old medieval part of town. Although the port and the very popular...more
Bertrand du Guesclin was 5th of 10 children (born 1320) in a minor nobility family living near Dinan. He was essentially self-trained and emerged at 17 as a leading expert in jousting and then successful in battle becoming a knight in 1354. His tactical military prowess also quickly became evident and he garnered various noble titles (mostly in...more
The esthetics of the Romanesque period like most others illustrates the "horror vacua" tendency. Nothing should be left plain, especially to hide structural necessities. So the end brackets that support roof cornices are decorated with stone carvings - modillions. All columns shound have capitals with figuration, statues should be painted, walls...more