France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Dinard, Brittany, France Guide
Just across the water from Saint-Malo, Dinard offers pleasant views and a beachfront resort that recalls the 19th century.




Dinard, on the west bank of the wide River Rance across from St-Malo (on the east bank; map), was developed as a resort in the late 1800s, largely by wealthy British and Americans. Many of their Victorian mansions still stand today, visible along the coast.

With several large beaches and pleasant climate, Dinard continues to attract holiday makers, particularly from Britain. Each October it hosts a Festival of British Films.

Walks along the beach front offer views of Saint-Malo and the Emerald Coast. A large enclosed salt water swimming pool provides a place for swimming, even during low tide when the sea is otherwise far away. At high tide some walkways may be under water, so be sure to check the tides before venturing out.

The Casino Barrière, on the waterfront, has slot machines, a variety of games, and a bar with a panoramic view.


During the summer season there are frequent ferries between Dinard and St-Malo. Outside of summer, service may be sporadic. Check with the Tourist Information Office about specific sailings. You can see St-Malo and its ramparts from Dinard:

View of St-Malo from Dinard, Brittany, France

The Dinard Airport (Aéroport de Dinard Pleurtuit Saint-Malo; DNR), 4 km (2.5 miles) south of the center of Dinard, serves the town and St-Malo with convenient flights from Great Britain.

Where to Stay

Use this handy Lodging Search Box to find just the lodgings you want: hotel, apartment/flat, overnight rental room and more:

Dinard in Cinema

Want to see Dinard in action à la 1996? Watch Éric Rohmer's film Contes d'Été (A Summer's Tale), which takes place in Dinard.

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View of seaside houses, Dinard, Brittany, France

Above, lovely old seaside mansions in Dinard, Brittany.


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