Dinan France. Is this the best, most authentic Breton experience in all of Brittany? I haven’t been to each and every town or chateau yet, but there are many arguments for giving Dinan this distinction.
Dinan, really does give you a glimpse, and not a fading one, of what life was like in the past. From Mont St Michel , this ancient riverfront city is only an hour away.
As you wander the broad ramparts and the seriously steep Rue du Petit-Fort (Watch your step so you don’t turn an ankle), you can’t help but be transported back to a time when half-timbered houses were built so so close that the upper floors almost touch those built across the street.
The warren of narrow twisting streets of the old town, really do make you feel as if time has stood still. You need to be able to ignore the souvenir shops, but that’s minor.
Dinan is filled to the brim with artists and artisans all kinds. Streets are lined with all kinds of galleries.
Sculptors, painters, glass blowers, and engravers are plentiful. And, I’m sure that I have left off something.
Don’t forget to go all of the way down Rue du Petit-Fort to reach the water. You’ll miss some great scenes, as well as several waterfront restaurants.
We think that you’ll find that Dinan is a great example of a quintessential Breton town. While many people stop in for only a day, we stayed for four. Which, as it turns out, was a bit too much time.
Two or three days is probably enough for most. Though there are plenty of things to see and do that will fill your time quickly.
Dinan France: Places to Stay
Finding a place to sleep isn’t a problem in Dinan, as there are plenty of places to stay. As usual, we picked a place that was right in the heart of things.
Right outside our window was a lovely square filled with tables, where people would gather to dine, converse, and sometimes, listen to live music of all kinds. When we were there, there was a harp quartet playing. Great stuff!
This boutique hotel was an immense delight. We reserved a superior room for our stay. The room was large, spacious, and beautifully decorated with, as I mentioned earlier, a great view across to the square. Parking is an extra €8 a night, but, even though its a tight squeeze, paying the extra is well worth avoiding the hassle of finding parking.
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