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Destination guide

Ye old Dinan

Take a step back in time in the hilltop town of Dinan. Like a pop-up from a medieval history book, it straddles the Rance River with its overhanging Breton homes and half-timbered buildings. Cock-a-doodle-doos echo through the narrow lanes and plumes of hanging flowers decorate the centuries-old chandlers along the water. You can delve into 13th-century castles and flit between craft workshops, all the while getting a sense of the bygone France of yesteryear. Dinan holiday rentals are ready to enchant just as much as the town itself – think quaint cottages, stone-faced merchant homes and cosy gites on the port.

Things to do

Delving into Dinan

If you think you can pull yourself away from that chocolate box of an old town for just a moment, there's also a rich and captivating history to explore here. Dinan's main museum is found in the formidable gatehouse keeps of the Chateau de Dinan. They unravel tales of lost princesses and Brittany's struggle to remain separate from France. Meanwhile, bustling Rue du Petit-Fort is more of a living museum. It's packed with candle-makers, weavers and portraiture shops. It's hard to imagine it's changed all that much since the trading days of the 1300s.

Activities

Dinan is for the wanderers

Just start wandering the narrow lanes and winding alleys of little Dinan. Over 700 years of history coalesce on the side streets that shoot off the Rance River. Have the camera ready – there's a handsome frame at every turn, whether it's an ivy-clad cottage on steep Rue Jerzua or the rows of pretty half-timbered arcades on Place des Merciers. Creperies, coffee shops and hearty Breton taverns also line the lanes, so you're never far from a hearty smorgasbord of local flavours. Boat rides and strolls up the Rance are perfect for when you want to escape the ramparts.

Weather

Different months in Dinan

The summer months between June and August are when Dinan flicks on like an electromagnet, drawing 1000s of day-trippers from Paris and holidaymakers from across the Channel. That means you'll probably have to seek out your Dinan holiday rentals early if you're looking to come for the hottest days of the year. Alternatively, a trip to the cobble ports in spring is a good option. There are fewer people then and the surrounding forests are in bloom. Winter breaks – in November, December and January – mean catching the Gothic town looking haunting and ghostly.

Natural features

Dinan melds with the hills

Looking down on Dinan from above, it's difficult to imagine there was ever a time when it wasn't there. That's how seamlessly the place seems to meld and merge with the soft hillsides of Brittany, how well it seems to fit into its small cleft on both sides of the Rance. Many Dinan holiday rentals cluster around the water's edge, others dot the surrounding valleys, offering access to some of the most beautiful swathes of the Cotes-d'Armor department – think leafy rivers, meadows and woodland walking trails. Going north gets you to the wide beaches of St Malo.

How to get there

Transport to and around Dinan

The nearest airport is in Dinard (DNR-Dinard - Pleurtuit - Saint-Malo), located 9.5 mi (15.3 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Rennes (RNS-Saint-Jacques), which is 30.4 mi (48.9 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, you can make your way to Dinan Station.

How many holiday rentals are available around Dinan?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 472 holiday lettings around Dinan. From 246 houses to 59 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Dinan?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Dinan:

  • Saint-Servan: 392 holiday homes
  • Intra Muros: 280 holiday homes
  • La Cité: 185 holiday homes
  • Rothéneuf-Le Pont: 130 holiday homes
  • Courtoisville-Sillon-Moka: 499 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Dinan?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Dinan. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Chateau de Dinan: 2,857 holiday lettings
  • Saint Sauveur Church: 2,881 holiday lettings
  • Dinan Station: 2,887 holiday lettings
  • Port of Saint-Malo: 2,930 holiday lettings
  • Porte Saint Vincent: 2,931 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Dinan listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Dinan?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 246 Houses in Dinan. Our other popular types of Dinan holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 59 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 95 self catering accommodations
  • Villas: 8 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Dinan?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 81 holiday homes with pool available in Dinan. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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