Ranked one of the top 10 resorts in Europe with its heated sea-water swimming pool, casino, character villas, sandy beaches, Spa, Equestrian Centre, clay tennis courts, and nearby airport (direct flight connections to London, the East Midlands, Leeds, Bradford, Guernsey and Jersey). Dinard developed in La Belle Époque, a golden age (approximately 1870 to 1914) characterised by optimism, regional peace, economic prosperity and technological, scientific and culture innovations.
Stroll along La Promenade du Clair de Lune with its glorious flowers, trees and shrubs. Take the ferry from the promenade for a novel way to visit Saint-Malo across the bay. Even more enchanting from the end of June through to September, this waterfront walk becomes a ‘son et lumière’.
Saint-Malo (10 km) :
The lair of the historic French corsairs – a walled pirate city and now a centre for art, sailing and shops. The austere and symmetrical architecture, carved woodwork, and gardens bear witness to the city’s glorious past. Take a tour around the ramparts looking out to sea, catch-up on a little shopping (open on Sundays!). Don’t forget to visit the ‘Grand Aquarium’ and one of the many French markets held regularly in and around the city. Discover the many restaurants, cafés, and bars, sit back and relax.
Dinan (22 km) :
A medieval town situated on the river Rance and rich in art and history. Discover the harbour or stroll through the heart of the town and browse the Thursday market.
Cancale (25 km) :
Along the coast just beyond Rothéneuf and you reach Cancale, renowned for its oysters and mussels. Visit an oyster farm before settling down to enjoy a superb seafood meal with a view across the bay of the Mont St Michel.
La Rance :
Experience the beautiful landscapes along the course of this river as it flows from Dinard to Dinan. Start with a visit to the hydro-electric dam spanning the Rance. Then set off on a hiking trail from La Richardais or take a cruise on the Chateaubriand restaurant boat (www.chateaubriand.com). Explore Minihic on the Rance, Plouër on the Rance, Saint-Suliac and many other traditional Breton villages.
The château de Montmarin :
Set in parkland overlooking the Rance, the château is a beautiful example of an old, typical Saint-Malo house (extensive gardens open to the public).
Escapade le long de la côte pour découvrir :
Discover Saint-Lunaire, Saint-Briac, and Lancieux. Visit the two lovely resorts of St-Jacut and St-Cast, each boasting splendid beaches. Of particular scenic interest, the Cap Frehel peninsula has stunning views over the Emerald Coast and the Channel Islands, a seabird reserve, an historic lighthouse and Fort la Latte, a fortified castle straight out of a story book.
Mont Saint Michae (59 km) :
A UNESCO World Heritage site and the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name: a visit not to be missed !