Dinan is a delightful medieval city in the north of France, best viewed from the gently flowing waters of the River Rance which runs through its heart. The ancient centre of the city is beautiful, filled with half timbered houses, set in the imposing shadow of the castle and surrounded by 13th and 15th century ramparts. There is nowhere better to relax and enjoy the ancient medieval attractions of France. With ancient timber houses surrounded by trees and open parks, Dinan remains one of the most relaxing urban centres of France.
A Dinan holiday rental is a perfect place to wake in the mornings, with glorious views across the ancient castle, the glistening river and the lush countryside beyond. There are few modern attractions in Dinan, as the towns huge appeal lies in its ancient atmosphere and medieval buildings. The steep, cobbled streets of the Rue du Jerzual and Rue du Petit Fort are excellent places to start an exploration of the town from Dinan accommodation, as they are filled with the best shops, cafes, galleries and markets in Dinan. Some of the most impressive views across Dinan, France, can be seen from the top of the Tour d’Horloge, which you can climb for just €2.50.
The yearly social calendar is awash with events, fairs, festivals and markets in Dinan. The most celebrated festival is the Fete des Remparts, in which the whole town is splashed with colour and locals sport bright, traditional costumes. It is one of the biggest and best medieval festivals in France, consisting of hugely exciting jousting competitions, mock battles and medieval cuisine. The two day event is an unmissable extravaganza of colour, music and food, and attracts over 40,000 visitors over two days, making self catering Dinan villas very popular indeed.
The River Rance is a great asset for those staying in a Dinan holiday rental. Trout fishing in Dinan, France, thrives, along both the River Rance and further afield. As long as you remember to buy a fishing permit from one of the many tabacs, your holiday trout fishing in Dinan, France, will be unforgettable. Small motor boats, rowing boats and canoes can all be hired in Dinan for trips along the river, and there really is no better, or more relaxing, way to see the local countryside than from the peace and solitude of the centre of the river. There are also a great range of walking, riding and cycling trails both along the river banks and emanating from them.
The astonishing walled city of St Malo is well worth exploration from a holiday rental property in Dinan, France. The conical shape of the town is a delight from afar, and the tightly packed streets within are an absolute joy to walk, especially if you get a cone of the mouth watering ice cream for which St Malo is known.
Dinan is extremely easy to reach from the UK. The many seaports across the northern coast receive a great range of car ferry and passenger ferries from the South Coast of England throughout the year, and there are great rail connections, on a combination of the Eurostar and the SNCF services from Paris. You can also fly with Ryanair to a Dinan apartment, landing at Dinard Airport (DNR), just a few miles away.