Dinan, the crossroad of Brittany!

So here I am to tell you about a wonderful town of my Bretagne and the dept 22 of the Côtes d’Armor. I hav written several posts on Dinan, but feel a general overview should do justice with some of the things usually not mention by the passing tourist/visitor.

And in our rambling rides in our beautiful region we visited again Dinan, this time a bit more. We went by car of course. Dinan is indeed at the road crossing of Saint Malo, Rennes, Lorient,Quimper, Vannes you name it. We set out and took off on the road D768 direction Pontivy. We went all the way past Pontivy to hook up at Loudéac with the N164 direction Rennes. Continue until we hit Saint Meen le Grand and got on shortly on the D125 already direction Dinan/St Malo. This road same direction change to the D166 passing Caulnes and then we smoothly fell on the road D766 passing the nice Saint Jouan de l’Isles town with nice story on St John the Baptist. At a traffic circle just still direction only Dinan now we hook up with the D795 straight into Rue de Marchix in Dinan and the underground parking at my favorite hotel de ville ,near the castle. In all , we had 141 kms and did it in 1h36 and still free. It has train service to Paris and bus terminal right by the train station, all transports now found at Breizhgo Brittany transports webpage on Dinan

We got out of the parking and immediately you see the Hôtel de Ville to your right ;built from 17-19C, and located at 21, rue du Marchix. Before 1822, when the City/Town Hall settled there definitively, after having successively occupied the salle de l’Horloge,the buildings of de la Victoire, des Jacobins, and hôtel dit du Gouvernement,at the rue de l’Horloge , it was the old Hôtel-Dieu. Instead of following the ramparts from there we took off for the tourist office which is right next to the entrance to the Castle (see post) but came down on the ramparts and saw there was the Fête Foraine du Liége by the Promenade des petits fossés with lots of rides for old and young and food, and music all the way to the night; last March 22, 2020.

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We walk into the gorgeous city old center with wooden houses from as far back as the 14C, and came up to see the tour d’Horloge, or Clock Tower, a 15C belfry, 45 meters high, which symbolizes the prosperity of the city. He still has the bell offered by the Duchess Anne. The clock was purchased by the city in 1498.

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Theâtre des Jacobins,before being a theater inaugurated in 1966, the Jacobins were a convent founded by monks in 1232. In 1824, the city bought the building which was to undergo throughout the 19C a series of architectural modifications.

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The Basilica Minor of Saint Sauveur (see post), Church of  Saint Malo (see post) ; jardin Anglais, traced in 1852 on the old parish cemetery, it also allows you to discover a superb panorama of the Rance valley.

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With more walk on the ramparts along the Tour Saint Catherine with a nice view of the viaduc de Rennes over the Rance river, this grandiose granite monument is 250 meters long including the abutments; its height is 40 meters above the towpath and 50 meters including the foundations. It is made up of 10 arches 16 meters wide, separated by straight feet 4 meters thick; the width of the cart track is 5 meters; it is bordered by sidewalks 1 meter wide.

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The port of Dinan from the castle. Here, you walk along the small harbor, take the time to sit on the benches and contemplate the boaters who moor. In the shade of the palm trees, relaxation is guaranteed!

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Inside the tourist office you can see the history of Dinan in the museum of centre d’interpretation et du Patrimoine with nice interactive booths. More info on the museum here at Coriosolis:Coriosolis of Dinan

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The historical Chapelle Sainte Catherine, the chapel houses the most remarkable collection of statues, the oldest of all the churches in Dinan. These statues are a Saint-Antoine 17-18C, Saint-François d’Assise 16C  in limestone, two bishops 17-18C, Saint-Pierre 16C, and a Christ on the Cross . There is also the oldest and the most exceptional, “The education of the Virgin”, from the beginning of the 14C,another, a limestone Virgin 15C, did not budge from the chapel because it was intact. She had been found in the 1930s, buried in a garden.

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jardin Val Cocherel by the promenade des pétit-fossés along the ramparts.

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The old maison du gouverneur or governor’s house, at  24 rue du Petit-Fort, 15C house, old weaver’s house, temporary exhibition in July and August. Regional objects and loom. The whole day was spent very nice.

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We did our shopping at Les Terny thés for my Harley Davidson mug and 1960’s Paris placemats for drinks,  they are at  11 rue de la Poissonnerie with official webpage at : Les Terny Thes Dinan

My sons got their leather belts at TM Cuir at 8 rue de la Poissonnerie with official webpage here: TM Cuir Dinan

We loaded for the day when hunger struck with goodies of baguettes and dejeunettes sandwich breads at Boulangerie Royer-Gana at corner of the Grand Rue and Rue du Marchix with webpage here: Boulangerie Gana Boyer Dinan

And finally we did eat at the wonderful service and food of Pizzeria Cecco at 3 rue de la Lainerie. Nice quatre saisons or four seasons pizza, banana splits and a bottle of red Italina Negroamaro from Salento ,Lecce ;diabolo menthe, other desserts and pasta/pizzas total came out to 21€ per person,ok and nice ambiance with currency money frames and bucket lounge style tables and chairs in the old section of town. Official webpage here: Pizzeria Cecco Dinan

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

The city of Dinan and things to see in French: City of Dinan things to see

The Dinan-Cap Frehel tourist office on Dinan: Dinan Cap Frehel tourist office on Dinan

The Côtes d’Armor dept 22 tourist office on Dinan: Cotes d’Armor tourist office on Dinan

The tourist office of Bretagne on Dinan: Tourist office of Brittany on Dinan

And with that we came home leaisurely nice in our lovely Bretagne. Dinan we came back, it is worth it, I say one of the must cities to visit in the region. Hope you enjoy the brief introduction and do see the other main things to see posts .

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

4 Comments to “Dinan, the crossroad of Brittany!”

  1. If I was going to live in France I would choose Dinan!

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