The one two punch of Dinan and Dinard in Brittany of course!!!

On a nice Sunday afternoon, and after doing some gardening in the house, and a wonderful ongoing Pentecost weekend, I  decided to mix two towns again. Why, because, they sound alike and many folks think are the same or close by , indeed they are in the region of Brittany but in two different departments/states/provinces.  I like to remind you of these two jewels of our region, Dinan and Dinard.

As an introduction, let me give you my previous posts in my blog on them here:

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2015/03/08/dinan-valley-of-the-rance-and-crossroad-of-brittany/

 https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2015/04/06/the-villa-city-by-the-sea-next-to-the-big-harbor-of-malo-this-is-dinard/

This is the beauty and diversity I have around me, and time for many to come on over , this is a gorgeous region; and if you are into the sea, the goodness of the produce from it and history, then by all means come to Brittany or Bretagne or Breizh.

Dinan is in the department 22 Côtes d’Armor in the region of Brittany, part of the cities of the Poudouvre traditional Breton country. It is a fortified town with ramparts defended by a castle ,strategic point between Normandy and north of Brittany. The city of  Dinan  was built mainly on a hill and the old town dominates from about 75 meters the Rance river that flows to the north into the Manche between Saint Malo and Dinard. The name of Dinan comes from two Celtic words, Dun meaning a high hill and ahna a protective goddess of the living and keeper of the dead.

Brief history I like. In 1357 the war of succession of the duchy of Brittany joined Bertrand du Guesclin and his brother Olivier to defend the city from the English and Bretons loyal to Jean de Monfort. They face Thomas de Cantenbury in a single combat and were victorious. In 1364, after many attempts the duke John IV takes control of the city and had built a donjon known as the Duchess Anne. The fortifications of the city were modernised in the second half of the 15C with the addition of several artillery towers.  A long relatively calm period followed and to note in WWII, by August 2 1944 the 6th Armored Division USA reaches Dinan, heavily guarded by the nazis it takes them to get around it and later come back on August 6 with the 802nd Tank Destroyer Battalion to liberated the city.

Things to see in Dinan

The city has a wonderful old town fortified and a large area from the harbor and the neighborhood of the Rue Saint Malo covering 90 hectares (222 acres) or almost a quarter of the city. The rue du Jerzual, the hill most famous in Dinan that connects the port harbor to city center/downtown with a difference in height of  75 meters a slope of  35 % . Glad I had a car lol!

Huge amount of sights including many mansions , some of my favorites are:

The castle or Donjon Duchesse Anne, part of the 2600 meters of ramparts walls. Saint Malo Church, end 15C to end 19C ,gothic and renaissance style with beautiful stained glass from early 20C, English organ, polychrome pipes built in 1889 ;the French revolution destroyed the Church and it was rebuilt and given back to the Catholic cult in 1803; The clock tower or tour de l’Horloge, from the 15C and 45 meters high, still has the bell given by the Duchesse Anne in 1498; the convent of the Cordeliers from the 13C and buildings now dating from the 15C, it held the estates general of Brittany in 1573 , and 1634 convent restored in the 19C and now houses a private school; Basilica of Saint Sauveur built from the 12C was never completed and it houses the cenotaph of the heart of the constable Du Guesclin. Done in the Gothic, classic, and baroque style of construction, with a nice portal from the 12C; the train station or gare de Dinan built in 1931 with ceramic mosaics maps inside showing the railroad lines and a map of the city of Dinan; the station is built in the neo Breton style of Ar Seiz Breur.

Dinan

Saint Malo Church

Dinan

basilica Saint Sauveur

Dinan

Castle of Dinan

Dinan

Tour de l’Horloge

The city is rich in museums and we like many but these are the best in my opinion:

The museum castle of Dinan, rue du Château ,history of Dinan from antiquities to now decorative arts, fine arts and religious art. Tour de l’Horloge, rue de l’Horloge f or a tour up 45 meters and the bell of Anne de Bretagne., and Musée Remember 1939-1945 , at 16 rue du Pont de la Haye, showing about 6000 items from cigarette boxes to airplane engines, artillery, uniforms, vehicles, and reconstruction of a blockhaus and history of the resistance in the area.

Some additional webpages to help you plan your visit to wonderful Dinan

City of Dinan on sights in French: http://www.dinan.fr/8/decouvrir

Tourist office of Dinan in English: https://www.dinan-capfrehel.com/

Tourist office for the North Brittany (Côte d’Armor) on Dinan in English: https://www.north-brittany-tourism.com/Explore/Iconic-sites-in-North-Brittany

Tourist office of Brittany: http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-our-destinations/saint-malo-mont-saint-michel-bay/unmissable-sites/dinan

Dinard  is in the department 35 of Ille et Vilaine in the region of Brittany ; it is a beach town and well visited by British and Americans for its wonderful villas of the belle époque period and the British Film Festival held here since 1990. The official name of the city change from been Saint Enogat until 1879 to Dinard-Saint Enogat until 1921 and finally Dinard since then. It is located in the Côte d’Emeraude on the limits with the department 22 Côtes-d’Armor and the city of Saint Malo where the Rance river makes the separation. Not far, you have the Anglo Normand islands that can be reach in one hour fast speed from Saint Malo or in a few minutes by plane from the Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint Malo airport (already had British friends visiting me here going this route by plane).

The British film festival still going strong ;more here: https://www.festivaldufilm-dinard.com/en/home-en/

A bit of brief history I like. Dinard is link to the legend of king Arthur as it is told he landed here in 513AD to built a fort ,and the name of the town comes from a etymology of Fort d’Arthur.

One of the first discoverers of the city was William Faber an American aristocrat that had visited the city and felled in love with it so decided to stayed and built the mansion on the pointe du Moulinet, with small terraces that were shown to his Anglophone friends of Dinan and become the origins of the British community of Dinard, after his passing his wife Lyona Faber continue the work. In 1858, the first sea villa was built by James Erhart Coppinger in the same pointe du Moulinet, it is known as the Château du Bec de la Vallée, or the  Villa Castel Mond (as it belong for a time to the couple  Sir Robert  Mond and his wife Lady Mond). From the 1880’s it was the first beach town in France and had its golden age known as the Dinard of the hundred hotels or the pearl of the emerald coast ; with many notables coming and staying here such as Albert Ier, Raymond Poincaré, Agatha Christie, Victor Hugo, Edward VII, George V, Winston Churchill , Judith Gautier, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lawrence of Arabia (in his childhood), Edmond Rostand, and Paul Valéry. Pablo Picasso painted the portrait of the swimmers in Dinard or the Les Baigneuses à Dinard on a series inspired by the nudity of the beaches. The firm L’Ecluse tried to restored many of these mansions and the first and only that could be done was in 1927 to the Gallic Hotel on the foot of the big beach or Grande Plage at  2  boulevard Féart done in a Art Déco style where Pablo Picasso stayed two times. Starting in the 1930’s Dinard saw its decline as the British  stop coming and later followed by the rest.

Some of the things to see here are, the the coffins of knights Olivier and Geoffroy de Montfort dating from the 14C now in the Chapelle of the old priory near the beach or plage du Prieuré; the house known as the Prince Noir or black prince built in the 14C; the manoir de la Baronnais ,renaissance style mansion with French gardens built in 1647; The fortress in the island or Ïle Harbour fortified from 1689; The Villa Les Roches Brunes built in 1893 and the Villa Greystones built in 1938; also, the Tennis club is one of the first built in France dating from 1879.  Notre Dame Church and St Enogat Church. The beaches are great and many smaller creeksn but the main four are plage du Prieuré, plage de l’Écluse, plage de Saint-Énogat, and plage du Port-Blanc.

Dinard

Notre Dame Church

Dinard

ïle Harbour afar from the promenade clair du lune

Dinard

lighthouse on a mansion on blvd de la Mer

Dinard

rue paul thorel at 6 ker Emerance and….

Dinard

plage de l’écluse and ocean pool from promenade de la mer

Dinard

plage de l’écluse from pointe du Moulinet

Dinard

plage du prieure

Dinard

plage St Enogat from blvd de la mer

Some further webpages to help you plan your trip here

Gorgeous photo of the city of Dinard in the city mayor’s page in French here  : http://www.ville-dinard.fr/listes/ville-dart-dhistoire/

Tourist office of the area Emerald coast Dinard: https://www.dinardemeraudetourisme.com/en/practical-information/brochures/

Region of Brittany tourist office: http://www.brittanytourism.com/ideas/short-break/dinard

Ille et Vilaine tourist office dept 35 on Dinard. https://www.brittany-tourism.com/towns-and-villages/PCUBRE035FS0000F/detail/dinard/dinard

There you have it for a Sunday in my Morbihan on Pentecost weekend including Monday. Nice weather , sunny ,relaxing  waiting for food and see where we go next. Remember ,happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all.

 

 

3 Comments to “The one two punch of Dinan and Dinard in Brittany of course!!!”

  1. I visited these places a few years ago and liked them both. Thanks for the memory nudge.

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  2. We loved Dinan and I had my first Kir Breton there: delicious.

    Liked by 1 person

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