Holiday Parks near Dinard
When exploring Brittany’s spectacular Emerald Coast of granite rocks and golden sand, it’s a real treat to stumble across Dinard. Considered the most ‘British’ of Breton resorts, it’s a charmingly genteel town and a throwback to the glamorous seaside resorts frequented by well-heeled British and American tourists in the 19th century. It is also brilliantly accessible given its close proximity to the ferry port of St-Malo. And to top it all, it makes a great day-trip destination from nearby Siblu holiday park, Domaine de Litteau, in neighbouring Normandy.
Beaches & The Great Outdoors
There are terrific beaches in and around Dinard, from small coves to long expanses of golden sand. The main town beach, Plage de l’Ecluse (or La Grande Plage) is instantly recognisable for its stripy beach tents, and it’s by far the liveliest. It offers fun for everyone, from kids’ clubs to beach gym, and a smorgasbord of water sports (kayaking, sailing, windsurfing). The other main beaches (Prieuré, St-Enogat and Port Blanc) are also kitted out with beach huts, loungers and first aid posts. Then there are five miles of superb coastal footpaths from which to admire Dinard’s stunning Belle Epoque villas. And in the unlikely event you tire of beach and coastline, there’s always the expansive Parc de Port-Breton to discover – as well as the usual pathways and elegant gardens, it has a children’s play area and small zoo.
Things To Do & Special Events
As well as taking full advantage of Dinard’s coastline, you can easily while away the time in the thalassotherapy spa, or have a flutter at the casino. But really, Dinard is a town for strolling, sailing or partaking in a spot of swimming. Browse its back streets for antiques, art galleries and salons de thé. Take a 10-minute ferry trip across the Rance estuary to the walled city of St-Malo, enjoying the remarkable views as you go. There’s even an Olympic-size swimming pool for a splash around should the weather take a turn and a dip in the sea seems out of the question!
Local Discoveries & Hidden Gems
What better way to explore that wonderful seafront than to stroll the Promenade du Clair de Lune, resplendent with palms and tropical plants more reminiscent of the Med… Take in the sweet sea airs and, in summertime’s twilight, you’ll find your steps are lit up by spotlights and accompanied by gentle music… Dinard is also the perfect place to indulge in the best of Breton cuisine, from crêpes and galettes washed down with cider, to the freshest of seafood – moules-frites and plateaux de fruits de mer are just to get you started…
Places To Go
St-Lunaire is a favourite resort of wealthy Parisians and French film stars! The village has glorious sandy beaches (seek out Plage de Longchamps), a Romanesque church, and yet more sweeping coastal views. Or hire a bike, and cycle to Dinan, a beautiful, historic town definitely worth exploring.
Dinard Essentials: stroll the coastline, admire the Belle Epoque villas, indulge in a plateau de fruits de mer