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Dinard, located by the coast of the northeast region of Brittany, France was first known as a humble fishing village. It started to gain more attention from the wealthy French people who then established luxury residences that were built adjacent to the shores during the nineteenth century.
The town retained these attractive villas and buildings amidst the Mediterranean towns and have been more known than Dinard itself. Nowadays, it has still kept its up-market appeal and has that attractive trait that will make it the perfect French holiday destination. It caters to a mild climate, fantastic shopping choices, impressive architecture and beautiful sandy beaches.
The sweeping landscape of the Belle epoque houses and villas situated by the coast have made their mark in history. Apart from the small coves, the town is also composed of three main beaches that are best for activities like sunbathing, swimming, and strolling. Plage de l’ecluse is the most well-known among these three beaches having stripy tents built by its shores. The beach is also well equipped with tourist-friendly infrastructures. It has a casino and a wide array of luxurious accommodation choices. It also offers the tourists with tons of water sports activities and gym classes to choose from at any season of the year. A kid’s club is also available between the months of June and September.
The Bord sur Mer Promenade is the part in town where you can enjoy coastal strolls that offers you the best views of the shore. If you’re more of a hiking type, you may also come down to the Moulinet Point, a headland at the eastern point of the Plage de l’Ecluse. Here, you will be amazed with the serene view of St. Malo and the beautiful sea. For another hiking destination, the Promenade du Clair de Lune, also known as the Moonlight Walk, is also one good way to enjoy a peaceful walk along the beautiful town. It is best enjoyed during the night that gives you to explore the areas from Prieure Beach until Pointe du Moulinet. The path would also lead you to a romantically lit garden where you will be serenaded by music and feel magical with the glittering lights.
For those who are traveling with their families and in groups, the port Breton Park should be part of your itinerary. Here, you will have various choices for recreation. It composes of a rose garden, a children’s play area and an equestrian center among other facilities. There also is the Breton’s Zoological Park that is home to forty different species of animals. If you’re one who’s more attracted with culture and history, you can come by the markets in town like the Halles de la Concorde which is open during the mornings. During Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays morning though, another market area called the Place Croland would also be open for you.
Similar to that of the other towns in France, Dinard is best enjoyed exploring its beautifully structured buildings and landmarks. The Eglise Notre Dame, a church in town that was built with Gothic designs, should most definitely be at the top of your places to visit in Dinard. You need no map to locate this architecture since it’s visible at any point in town since it dominated the town’s skyline. Apart from being a place of worship, this church is also the venue for various concerts, choirs and orchestra performances.
If you visit La Vicomte district, you will be able to see the most beautiful, lavishly-styled houses that exuberates the traditional French designs. The Le Barrage de la Rance and Villa les Roches Brunes are also points of interests in town that you should definitely visit if you can still manage the time.