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Things to do in Dinan

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Historical Monuments in Dinan
Dinan City Walls
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Viaduc de Dinan
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The top 19 attractions in Dinan

Citadels in Dinan
Dinan
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A dreamy medieval citadel hidden in this villa. With almost 2 miles of ramparts, Dinan and XIV century castle stand proudly on the river Rance. Marina, situated in the lower part of the city, constantly has sail boats up the estuary. A lovely landscape walk to and fall in love with ... or with whoever you want, of course. At the top, the houses of wooden structures complete your visit to this medieval town of character and flavor ancient history. The rugged Jerzual street seems to lead to the Middle Ages. You can catch some of your breath when you look out to the ocean.
Streets in Dinan
Rue Jerzual
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Both this street and the others in Dinan seem to be straight out of a fairy tale. The half-timbered houses, the colourful homes with flowers in the windows, the sound of heels on the cobblestones, the artisans, the crêperies, all these things make this street unbelievable.
Squares in Dinan
Place des Merciers
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If you are as devoted to Asterix and Obelix as I am you will understand the excitement I felt knowing that in coming to Dinan I was stepping into Gaul. How glad I was to walk into a store and find the chapter of Asterix in Britain. I kept thinking that Ideafix would come to greet me. What happened was that I found a place, not from a comic, but from history. This is the Place des Merciers whose characteristic tone comes from the houses from the early fifteenth century and from its arcades. They are supported by beams so strong that you do not need to ask the reason for their survival. This place has a very special charm at night, when illuminated by dim light it allows you see many stars and greet Toutatis, Belenos and company.
Historical Monuments in Dinan
Dinan City Walls
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A really nice little town but if you visit on a rainy day try not to wear flip flops or go down the slopes, because all the ground is stony and slippery and to top it off bring the drink cart because so many potholes you will end up sick. It´s worth it though!
Harbors in Dinan
Port of Dinan
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Dinan is a medieval French city situated in a department called Côtes-d'Armor, in the province of Brittany. It is constructed on the shores of the river Rance whose port has a small yacht club. If you have skills you can rent a small sail boat that can reach up to 20 kilometers in the beautiful Emerald Coast. There will be sections of the river where the bridge will seem too low so watch your head! You can also enjoy the river if you like fishing. And if you like photography, you can take pictures of the amazing sunset and tempt all your friends while you tell them of your experience when you return.
Churches in Dinan
Basilique Saint Sauveur
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If you think the church of St Malo is impressive, the church of Saint Saveur won't disappoint. It's next to the English Garden, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Rance Valley. Built in different styles: Gothic, classical, Baroque and Roman. In 1954 it became a basilica. Inside you can find the heart of General Bertrand Duguesclin, famous for the events during the Hundred Years War against England.
Historical Monuments in Dinan
Porte du Jerzual
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This was one of the places I liked most when I was in Dinan Brittany. Despite the buzz that permeates throughout the day, at night it becomes a quiet little town. There's nothing like getting lost through the narrow stone streets. Enjoy the beauty of the facades, the half-timbered houses and of course, dream bows like this that take you to a different era.
Churches in Dinan
Eglise Saint Malo
The Eglise Saint Malo is a pleasure for all the senses. Why? Because you can hear the music made by the English organ, manufactured by Oldknow in the nineteenth century. For your eyes there are the windows of Louis Barillet, made in the twentieth century, capturing the light from outside and projecting it onto the walls. They tell the stories of the town, for instance the history of Dinan. And for the smell there is the great smell of magnolias surrounding the church. More details. The church of Saint-Malo is located in one of the highest points of Dinan. Its construction began in the fifteenth century and lasted until the nineteenth. As with all long-term construction, his style began as Gothic and Renaissance ended.
Gardens in Dinan
Jardin du Val Cocherel
Located next to the city walls, they told us that this park is also called "des petits devils" (the little devils). A part from its playground, there are a lot of flowers and animals! Fawns, hens, roosters, rabbits, pigeons, pheasants ... Next to it is a covered picnic area, mini golf, ping-pong tables and a WC. Beautiful!
Museums in Dinan
Maison de la Rance
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Interesting museum situated near the port of Dinan. In it we learn more about the flora and fauna of the valley of the Rance, see what happens with the tides, how the tide mills work , etc. They also organize guided tours (for a fee). On the outside there is a parking lot for visitors. But be careful of the vans, because it has height limit.
Statues in Dinan
Statue of Bertrand Duguesclin
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This is between the Plaza Duguesclin and the Plaza Clos du Champs. The plazas themselves are nothing special, and are mainly used as a parking lot, except on the Dinan market day (Thursdays starting at 6:00 am). But between the two places, there is a statue of Bertrand Duguesclin, the famous knight from the Hundred Years War. It reminds us where Bertrand Duguesclin fought Thomas Cantorbury. The sculptor, Emmanuel Frémiet (1824-1910), also sculpted Saint-Michel in Mont Saint Michel.
Gardens in Dinan
Jardin Anglais
At the site of the old medieval church cemetery, there can be found a beautiful garden named "Jardin Anglais" in memory of the British colony. It is located in the upper part of the walls, and from it we can enjoy lovely views: The viaduct, the harbor and the river "la Rance" with its valley. In the garden, there is also a bust of the explorer Auguste Pavie (1847-1925), ve was born right here.
Historical Monuments in Dinan
Viaduc de Dinan
For years, the residents of Lanvalay and Dinan were demanding the creation of a bridge to unite both sides of the River Rance. They had to wait until the year 1852, when it was finally opened. It has 10 arches, each 16 metres, 7 of which belong to Lanvalay and the other 3 to Dinan. It's an impressive sight from afar, 40 m high and nearly 290 m long.
Festivals in Dinan
Fête des Remparts
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Dinan, which is normally a modern and cosmopolitan city, returns every year to the Middle Ages with the celebration of the feast of Remparts. Over a weekend, medieval culture returns to the streets of this town in Breton to the city's rich heritage. Stroll through the garden Anglais: This is the Garden of Life or Death. Here, the Italian inquisition used to judge anyone suspected of meddling with other religions. Their verdicts will leave you speechless. Over 3 km, you can enjoy the party mood. Be infected by it. It's the perfect opportunity to learn about the customs and medieval culture. The bustle of the market, cavalry parades, or the armed army men are just one part of what you'll find at this festival which is considered to be one of the most important throughout Europe.
Squares in Dinan
Historical Monuments in Dinan
Clock Tower
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It's always the same, every time I see a tower or a tall building, my first thought is to go up. In this case, the top is 45 meters up. To reach the Clock Tower, you have to climb 158 steps, which is reduced to 79, if you take 2 at a time. From the top, you should first take a huge breath, and then enjoy the bird's eye view of the squares, streets and houses of Dinan and the Rance Valley. The bell of this tower was donated in the 15th century by the Duchess Anne of Brittany. She was such a personality, to prevent France from devastating the Breton duchy, she married King Charles VIII. But it was too late and Brittany would never fully regain their independence.
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Shops in Dinan
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