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Dinard
Travel Guide

The jewel of the Emerald Coast, this town of art and history, which is more chic than nearby Saint-Malo, offers an irresistible retro charm. Walking, casinos and culture, the "Nice of the north" has plenty to offer...

What would you say to a trip back in time? That's what awaits you in this little seaside resort, where the swanky villas bear witness to the splendour of days gone by. Once the small port of terre-neuvas, fishermen who set sail to fish for cod off Newfoundland, in the 19th century Dinard became the favoured holiday resort of the British aristocracy.

Start your visit at the Pointe du Moulinet and take a stroll along the promenade du Clair-de-Lune, the verdant path that is to Dinard what the Promenade des Anglais is to Nice. Among the palm trees and Atlas cedars, you can enjoy a breath-taking view of the walkway, which is lit up on summer evenings. If you're hungry, stop off at one of the seafood restaurants overlooking the sea... You'll pass the Bec de la Vallée slipway, before arriving at plage de l’Écluse, right in the heart of Dinard. Hit the shops, treat yourself to an ice cream or try your luck at roulette in the elegant casino: place your bets!

Continue your seaside walk to Pointe de la Malouine, which offers a fantastic view over the corsair city of Saint-Malo and the islands of Chausey, either walking along the shore, or through the streets dotted with lavish villas typical of the Belle Époque.

Prefer cycling? No worries! Dinard offers five marked cycling routes and you can take cycling route 4, which connects Mont-Saint-Michel and Roscoff. Sports enthusiasts can also enjoy an array of water sports, such as kayaking, land sailing or jet-skiing.

When it comes to nature, don't miss the tree-lined park of Port-Breton, which is home to many species of animals, including donkeys, wallabies and llamas: plenty to entertain the children!

As for culture, the town hosts the British film festival, which pays homage to UK cinema. Who'll win the Golden Hitchcock award this year? Such suspense...

There are several ways to get to Dinard. The town has an airport two and a half miles from the centre and has connections to Paris via the nearby Saint-Malo link. Alternatively, Dinard is four hours from Paris by car via the A11 motorway. Once you're there, you can get around on foot, by bus or by taxi, though to go off the beaten track car rental is your best bet.

Castelbrac Hôtel & Spa
Castelbrac Hôtel & Spa
5 out of 5
17, Avenue George V, Dinard, Ille-et-Vilaine
The price is £321 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated by the ocean, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Promenade du Clair de Lune and within 3 miles (5 km) of St. Malo Beach and Saint-Malo Ferry ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (83 reviews)
Perfect location for an amazing place
"I really enjoyed that stay with a perfect service and an amazing location. The restaurant need to be booked in advance."

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2020

Castelbrac Hôtel & Spa
Hôtel Barrière Le Grand Hôtel Dinard
Hôtel Barrière Le Grand Hôtel Dinard
5 out of 5
46 avenue George V, Dinard, Ille-et-Vilaine
The price is £267 per night from 3 Jun to 3 Jun
This family-friendly Dinard hotel is located on the waterfront, 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Dinard Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Grand Aquarium and Saint-Malo Ferry ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (201 reviews)
"Great views from room of the River estuary. Staff very helpful in finding nearby restaurants. Rooms practically new and very comfortable."

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2019

Hôtel Barrière Le Grand Hôtel Dinard
Le Crystal Dinard Plage
Le Crystal Dinard Plage
3 out of 5
15, Rue de La Malouine, Dinard, Ille-et-Vilaine
The price is £85 per night from 9 Jun to 9 Jun
Located in Dinard, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Casino Barriere de Dinard, Port of Dinard and Pointe du ...
4.2/5Very Good! (117 reviews)
Nice but a little expensive but not COVID safe
"We had to check in at 1:30 in the morning and they were very helpful when we rang confirming entry codes and where to locate our keys. The hotel was clean and tidy and friendly but a little tired in places for the money we paid. We could select some U.K. channels on the TV which was nice. From a ..."

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2020

Le Crystal Dinard Plage
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Résidence Le Crystal
Résidence Le Crystal
15 Rue de la Malouine, Dinard
Located in Dinard, this beachfront aparthotel is in the city centre, just steps away from Dinard Beach and Plage de l'Écluse. Plage de Port-Riou and Promenade ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)
Studio overlooking the bay
"The studio was very large, all redone on the top floor of the building with a very large balcony. The views are superb. Communication with the staff at arrival and departure was excellent. My train got cancelled and they helped me print a new ticket, called a cab, recommended local businesses and ..."

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

Résidence Le Crystal
Rent Mobile Home Dinard
Rent Mobile Home Dinard
Situated by the ocean, this campsite is within 2 miles (3 km) of Port-Breton Park, Arthur Gardiner Hospital and Prieure Beach. Plage du Port-Blanc and Plage ...
Rent Mobile Home Dinard
Villa Ker Eole Vue Mer
Villa Ker Eole Vue Mer
The price is £129 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Situated in Dinard, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Plage de Saint-Énogat, Plage de Port-Riou and Arthur Gardiner Hospital. Plage du Port-Blanc ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
"Une très belle expérience dans cette chambre donnant sur la mer et sa magnifique plage. Belle salle de bain, belle literie, la villa de charme est divisée en plusieurs appartements, en été le bruit de la mer peut même bercer votre sommeil. Je recommande chaudement."

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2018

Villa Ker Eole Vue Mer
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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9 Oct 2019

Easy and quick flight from England,airport nearby,accomadation good

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9 Sep 2019

Gorgeous place, truly splendid in sunshine

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14 Aug 2019

Small ferry to St Malo is quicker than bus

5/5 - Excellent

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25 Jun 2019

Dinard is a low key seaside town with quality shops and restaurants. It was the premier seaside holiday location in 19th century where the rich and famous had holiday homes. The architecture is stunning and varied. An unspoilt resort.

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