Hotels in Dinan
Cobbled streets, medieval buildings, art galleries and excellent cafés and restaurants are to be found everywhere in Dinan, regarded by many as Brittany's prettiest town. Take time to explore the 3km of ramparts, enjoy a romantic stroll along the banks of the Rance, and discover all about the considerable history of this wonderfully picturesque destination in northern France.
Lots to explore
You'll find some excellent Dinan hotels here on the website, although you're likely to spend much of your time out and about exploring the local area. Simply walking along the old town's quaint narrow streets and admiring the half-timbered houses is a lovely way to spend a few hours. There's some great architecture to enjoy around Place des Merciers.
View the delightful Gothic chancel at Basilique St-Sauveur and try to save time for Dinan Castle, Château de Dinan, where you'll find the town's museum.
The castle is also the best place to begin a tour of the ramparts, which offer outstanding views across Dinan's rooftops. If you're feeling particularly energetic, perhaps tackle the 158 steps of the town's clock tower, the Tour de l'Horloge de Dinan.
From the quay, head up the cobbled Rue du Petit-Fort and Rue du Jerzual to find a fantastic range of arts and crafts shops. Spend time browsing in galleries and leather workshops, glass blowing studios and sculptors' shops.
Each Thursday morning there's a market held at Place du Guesclin, where you'll be able to pick up gifts and try some local specialities.
A trip to the seaside
It takes less than half an hour to drive from Dinan to the coast at Dinard, meaning a day by the sea is a real possibility. There are several beaches in the area if you want to relax on the sand or top up your tan. Water sports enthusiasts should head for Plage de St-Enogat, where it's possible to try everything from windsurfing to kayaking.
To really get a taste of what life may have been like back in the Middle Ages, aim to time your visit so it coincides with the Fête des Remparts. Held every two years, the festival takes over the town during the last weekend in July. Expect street markets and open-air dancing, period costumes galore and even a spot of jousting.
Eating and drinking
You'll find a great selection of restaurants dotted around the town's quayside. L'Ami Louis specialises in seafood and pizzas, while Au Thé Gourmand is the place to go for breakfast or a light lunch as it offers a great choice of pastries and more than 60 varieties of tea. Cosy Grill is known for its meat dishes, and nearby Le Cantorbery is a favourite with couples, thanks to its 17th-century townhouse setting.
If you've room for something sweet, consider paying a visit to Crêperie Ahna for a pancake to remember and when it comes to finding somewhere for a relaxing drink, Rue de la Cordonnerie with its nine bars is the place to go.
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