Dinan is in Brittany.
Dinan is a small city located in the Brittany region of France, south of St. Malo, and 4 hours west of Paris by train. A preserved medieval riverfront city, Dinan is fortified by ramparts. The cobbled street of this city are lined with art galleries, craft shops, and half-timbered houses.
Designated as a Villes et Pays d'Art et d'Histoire (Towns and Lands of Art and History) by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Dinan is home to many historic monuments.
Like the rest of the Brittany region Dinan is made up of Breton and Celtic culture.
August is the hottest month with an average temperature of 18°C and the coldest is January at 8°C with the most daily sunshine hours at 11 in June. The wettest month is December with an average of 62mm of rain.
The people of Dinan are called dinannaises and dinannais.
By Car: Vannes or Rennes(coming from Paris) D137 connects with D794
Brest on N24 to Ploërmel than D766
Vannes N165 to N166 to ploermel than D766
There is above ground parking at Duguesclin, Champ Clos, and Thiers, as well as an underground garage at Hotel de ville. Because most travelers are coming from France it is suggested to avoid rush hours from 12p.m.-1p.m. and from 4p.m. to 6p.pm. when leaving the city.
The TER Bretagne, which goes from the Paris train station at Place du 11 Novembre 1918
Illenno- to Dinard and Rennes
CAT-to Dinan / St Malo - Dinan / Dinard - Dinan / Ploubalay / Lancieux / St Jacut - Dinan / St Cast - Dinan / St Brieuc
Dinan bus- to 1 Place Duclos / Fontaine des Eaux ,Line 2 : Place Duclos / Gare / Pôle santé, Line 3 : Place Duclos / Quartier de l'europe / Ste Anne
Call +33 02.96.39.06.00 the taxi dinannais
By Plane: The Rennes Airport is the closest available large airport but there is also a smaller local airport, Airport Dinard-St Malo-Pleurtuit Tel: 02.99.46.18.46
Dinan Castle-Museum- Rue du Château 22100, 02 96 87 58 72. From June 1st to September 30th the museum’s hours of operation are 10 A.M. to 6 P.M, and October 1st to May 31st they are 1:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. Built by John IV of Montfort in 1382 to represent the power of the Dukes of Brittany, this castle now serves as a museum. This museum displays objects that include religious items, gold and silver ware, furniture, and prehistoric tools. An adult ticket is €4 and a child ticket is €1.55. There are also discounted tickets for group visits.
Ramparts of Dinan- Rue du Château 22100, are a series of defensive walls that surround the city. Built in the 13th century the ramparts now consist of 10 out of the original 14 guard towers and 4 gates (describe the gates) . The ramparts cover almost 3 kilometers, a small portion can be walked on (might be a part of do). Dinan Castle-Museum is a part of the ramparts.
The Basilica St Sauveur- Place Saint-Sauveur 18, was commissioned around 1120 by Sir Rivallon le Roux, Lord of Dinan. After returning from the first Crusades he built the church to thank God for his safety. During the 15th and 16th centuries parts of the church were rebuilt and expanded. The church is topped by a bell tower that was built during the 18th century to replace a dome that was destroyed by lightning in the 17th century. St. Sauveur Basilica has been listed as a Historical Monument since 1862.
Saint Malo Church- 12 Rue de la Boulangerie, 02 96 39 06 67. The construction of this church started in 1490 by Pierre Laval, Bishop of the city of St Malo. In 1854 a series of stain glass windows were installed. These windows depict religious events, the lives of the people in Dinan, and the history of the city. Displaying “gothic flamboyant architecture” the church is accompanied by 13 meter tall magnolia tree that has become a landmark of the city.
Dinan is a “Ville d’Art et d’Histoire” (Town of art and history) so it certainly has a shopping experience. Even though France is the epitome of fashion, Dinan tends to favor more handcrafted art. There are a myriad of artists, engravers, glass blowers, bookbinders, and sculptors.Dinan1.jpg
“Artistes et Createurs a Dinan”- Artists in Dinan display their creations yearly at an art show featuring paintings, pictures, and many others art forms. All of the art shown in the exhibit is for sale and is all one of a kind handmade art. The art is sold at boutique prices. 2, place Saint-Sauveur - 22100 DINAN Tél : 09/184.108.40.206
Centre Ville Thursday morning Market- A weekly market with smaller trinkets every Thursday morning at the Centre Ville. All of the local artists display their work at much more reasonable prices. And while you are looking around the market be sure to stop by the world famous biscuit shop right around the corner. The Market is open Thursdays in winter from 8h30 -13h00 Summer from 8h00 to 14h00.
“La Craquanterie Dinan”- A patisserie that specializes in their biscuits (cookies) and salted caramel sauce. If you are not looking to purchase any of the goodies, the shop also offers samples. It is a local specialty and should not be missed. 12 rue de l'Horloge, 22100 Dinan, France Tél : +(33)296891373
Omaha Beach- Omaha Beach is an American cemetery of fallen soldiers during WWII. It also serves as a memorial to the beach where d-day occurred. Avenue de la Liberation, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France
St. Malo- Was originally built as a walled fortress, now serves as Brittanys most-visited city. It is right on the coast with the highest tides in Europe.
Mont St. Michel- During the French Revolution it served as a prison because of the fast tides and quick sand surrounding the area. Today tourists go to visit the 11th century monastery atop the city. There are a myriad of shops throughout as well as a guided tour of the abbey.
Rennes- The capital of Brittany was named L’Express’s most liveable city in France. There is a cathedral there to visit, as well as many historic sites like the government building which is the oldest building in Rennes.