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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.

Top hotels in Dinard

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 £241 per night

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! (185 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
Castelbrac
Castelbrac
5 out of 5
17, Avenue George V, Dinard, Ille-et-Vilaine
The price is £255 per night

Situated by the ocean, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Promenade du Clair de Lune, Anse du Bec de la Vallée and Casino Barriere de Dinard. Plage ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (71 reviews)
One of our most favorite hotels!

"One of our most favorite hotel stays. We had a room with terrace and everything about it was superb. Our room had a private in room sauna, after a few hectic days in Paris, this was perfect. One of our most favorite activities here was the lunch on the boat. We were fortunate enough that no one else ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2019

Castelbrac
Novotel Thalassa Dinard - Spa Experience
Novotel Thalassa Dinard - Spa Experience
4 out of 5
1 Avenue Du Chateau Hebert, Dinard, Ille-et-Vilaine
The price is £139 per night

Located in the heart of Dinard, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Plage de Saint-Énogat, Plage du Port-Blanc, and Plage de Port-Riou. Plage de la ...

4.4/5Excellent! (242 reviews)

"Lovely spot. Beautiful room--clean and large and modern. Convenient, well equipped kitchen. Loved the camp like feel. Great parking."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jul 2019

Novotel Thalassa Dinard - Spa Experience

Popular places to visit in Dinard

St. Malo Beach
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St. Malo Beach

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Make your way across the various stretches of sand and the islands dotted around this quaint town on the English Channel.

Saint-Malo Ferry Port
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Saint-Malo Ferry Port

4/5(67 reviews)

Sail into a modern and well-equipped port that gives you access to the historical towns and beautiful beaches of northern Brittany.

Grand Aquarium
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Grand Aquarium

5/5(8 reviews)

Peer into the watery depths at this entertaining aquarium that takes you on underwater excursions and lets you get close to marine creatures. 

Port of Saint-Malo
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Port of Saint-Malo

4/5(73 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Saint-Malo with a trip to Port of Saint-Malo. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

St. Malo Citadel
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St. Malo Citadel

4.5/5(39 reviews)

The Old Town of Saint-Malo is one giant fortification, surrounded by medieval ramparts and housing historic churches and stunning castles. 

Fort National
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Fort National

4.5/5(25 reviews)

Stroll across the sand at low tide to reach this historic island fortress and learn about its fascinating military past.

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Sue

9 Oct 2019

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

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Verified traveller

9 Sep 2019

Gorgeous place, truly splendid in sunshine

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Aug 2019

Small ferry to St Malo is quicker than bus

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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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