Dinan is one of the most beautiful towns in Brittany and is a good base for exploring the Breton countryside. It has many historical, cultural and architectural sites to see and visit, this medieval town is situated high above the Rance Valley overlooking the River Rance. The position, location and the fortifications attracted merchants in early times they traded in wool and cloth, turning it into a prosperous and commercial port.
The town is encircled by historic ramparts and its architectural heritage has been well preserved. The colourful half-timbered houses which date from the 14th and 15th century overhang the narrow cobbled streets of the old town. You can explore Dinan yourselves or choose to take a guided walking tour which is interesting and informative; these are available in the main holiday season.
At the 14th century castle keep you can view an exhibition on the history of Dinan and visit the chapel and guardrooms. There are two appealing streets in the town not to be missed, the rue du Jerzual and upwards from the port the rue du Petit Fort they will take you past craft shops, galleries and restaurants, you can also watch craftsman at work. If you want a change from sightseeing you will find boat trips on offer at the old port, an enjoyable relaxing outing for all, there are also some lovely walks you might like to take.
As you wander around the old city you will see the clock tower the rue de l’Horloge, the clock dates from 1498, it chimes every quarter of an hour. If you wish you can climb the 158 steps to its balcony and enjoy the views of the town and surrounding countryside. You may be interested in the church of St. Sauveur its Romanesque porch dates from the 12th century, inside you will see the crypt containing the heart of a 14th century Breton knight Bertrand du Guesclin who was known for his dislike of the English. The other main church in Dinan is the St. Malo church.
If you are camping in this area there is a sight near Duclos and a hostel a short distance from Dinan, the town itself has a choice of hotel accommodation. Dinan makes for a good holiday choice or short break destination; it is an ideal touring base.