Three kilometres of walls surround the town of Dinan and its 14th century castle, which proudly overlook the Rance river. Below you can find a small marina, a great starting point for long walks along the estuary and to the town’s heights to see its timber corbelled houses, a great way to complement your stay in this medieval village.
You can dive right into the Middle Ages by strolling down the steep Rue de Jerzual, whose timber-framed houses with pointed gables are testimonial of its rich history. From the 14th through 18th centuries, the street was abuzz with weavers and leather tanners…today, you can still experience the work of local artisans such as glassblowers and gilders.
Not to be missed
- The 13th century fortifications surrounding the old city: a beautiful path allows you access to part of the old rampart walkway.
- The castle of Dinan has a 14th century dungeon built into its ramparts, classified as a historical monument.
- The Saint-Malo church (15th-19th centuries), Saint-Sauveur basilica (12th-19th centuries) and Convent des Cordeliers (15th century) are all gems of religious art and are located just footsteps from each other in the heart of the medieval city.
- The 15th century clocktower that dominates the town’s skyline is one of two belfries that is visible from Brittany.
- Among Dinan’s exceptional buildings (which are plentiful in its city center) are the governor's house (15th century),Hotel de Beaumanoir (16th century) and the house of Mother Pourcel (15th century).
- The Rue du Jeruzal is the main street in the old city and the most beautiful in Dinan. It reaches down to the Rance river where the town’s port can be found. The river can be crossed via a stone bridge.
In the surrounding area
- Dinard: This resort is known for its magnificent beaches, seaside walks, sumptuous villas and Mediterranean gardens that all reflect a distinct Belle Époque charm.
- Saint-Malo: A real life fortress, a visit to Saint Malo is a window into the many great men who influenced it: geniuses and adventurers alike have left their mark on the granite of its ramparts.
- Cape Fréhel : Anointed with pink sandstone, this rugged area is close to Saint-Brieuc bay on the coast of the Manche.
- Dinard Pleurtuit airport (19km)
- Rennes airport- Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande (60 km)
- Nantes Atlantic airport (172 km)
By train: TGV station at Saint-Brieuc connects to the TER station in Dinan.
By car: highway A81 towards Rennes/Laval, then regional road D794 towards Dinan.
Dinan tourism office – Rance Valley
9 rue du Château - BP 65 261
22105 DINAN Cedex