DINAN is one of the finest of all Brittany’s towns and contains much of architectural interest. There are many half-timbered houses and Romanesque and Gothic churches. It also has an impressive castle, which overlooks the River Rance. You can walk down the steep and cobbled Rue du Jerzual to the port of Dinan. There you will discover an ideal place to eat al fresco as there are riverside cafes and restaurants to suit all pockets.
The most attractive part of Dinan is arguably its port, which is where you’ll arrive if you take a boat from Dinard or St Malo. The quay is lined with old stone houses, many of which are now waterside restaurants and chandlers’ shops. Take a walk along the old towpath or cross the 15th-century stone bridge to Lanvallay to find out about life on the river in the Maison de la Rance discovery centre. Wherever you are, you won’t miss the 131ft (40m)-high viaduct.
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MONT ST MICHEL is a small island about 45 minutes’ drive away, just across the department border in Normandy, and is an absolute must to visit. There you will find its celebrated Benedictine abbey. The monastic buildings date from the 13th century and are considered to be outstanding examples of Gothic architecture.
For more details see www.ot-montsaintmichel.com
DINARD is known as the city garden by the sea. It has a superb seaside location with magnificent beaches. You can visit the beautiful gardens where the plants and flowers are from the Mediterranean. Dinard is not the only lovely beach — the coast line is littered with them.
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