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Dinan

An unmissable medieval Breton town, Dinan overlooks the calm waters of the Rance. Along its cobbled streets or along the river, the town and its surroundings can be gently visited, on foot, by bike or by boat, to savour an extraordinary nature and heritage.

Where is Dinan in Brittany ?

The must-sees of Dinan

- Get lost in the cobbled streets of the historic centre.

- Overlooking the Rance valley from the top of the ramparts.

- Take the Jerzual to reach the port.

- Go to Léhon, a small city of character.

Traditionnal houses in Dinan Brittany ©Peter

© Peter

Dinan, the beautiful medieval city

It is this charm that has attracted so many artists to this city of Art and History known for its magnificent colourful half-timbered houses. Protected by 3 kilometres of ramparts overlooking the Rance valley, Dinan takes you through its small streets on a journey to the heart of Breton history.

Follow in the footsteps of Bertrand Duguesclin, the famous protector of the city against the English, from the Basilica of Saint-Sauveur with its oriental-Byzantine influence to the Castle. The centrepiece of the medieval city walls, this princely residence invites you to immerse yourself in the daily life and art of living at the court of the Dukes of Brittany.

Jerzual street in Dinan, Brittany ©Hernan Pinera

© H.Pinera

Relive the time of the knights and challenge the Jerzual...

Every 2 years, the town goes back for a weekend in July to the time of the castles: many ladies and valiant knights proudly wear their period costumes to offer visitors a journey through history.

Created in 1983, the Fête des Remparts offers chivalry tournaments, a large medieval market, a large parade... This event rich in discoveries allows the inhabitants to share the daily life of their ancestors and, through these activities, to promote the city's heritage such as the Clock Tower and the Place des Merciers.

To get from the town centre to the port on the banks of the Rance, visitors must take the famous Rue du Jerzual, known for its half-timbered houses and numerous artists' studios inherited from the town's industrial past where weavers and tanners abounded.

But the specificity of this street lies in its difference in height of between 12 and 18% over 502 metres! Every year in September, running enthusiasts compete on the slopes of the street during the Défi du Jerzual and give the artery an air of Breton Alpe d'Huez.

Dinan port bording the Rance river © Lilly Bzh

© Lilly Bzh

And at the foot of the city of Dinan... flows the river Rance...

Below the city, join the port for a river trip along the Rance. It is a coastal river in Brittany which rises in the Mené mountains and flows into the Channel at Saint-Malo.

Left bank as well as right bank, you will enjoy the richness of the natural and cultural heritage and you will be able to taste an authentic Breton pancake. From the port, embark on a guided walk which will take you not only upstream but also back in time and history.

From city to city... Léhon

Continue your medieval journey by reaching Léhon, a small city of character in Brittany located 2 kilometres from Dinan. Léhon has many heritage assets and the stone houses give it a lot of charm.

Don't hesitate to visit the old Abbey, the cloister, the gardens of the Saint-Magloire Abbey, founded in the 9th century, as well as the restored towers and curtain walls of the feudal castle built in the 12th century. For walkers, you can also take advantage of a walk along the banks of the Rance to reach Léhon by towing from the port of Dinan.

See also

Mean Ruz lighthouse, Ploumanac'h in Côtes d'Armor, Brittany ©Olivier Fouillard

Pink Granite Coast

Frehel lighthouse in Brittany © Davide Gabino

Cape Frehel - Cape of Erquy

windmill in Brehat Island © Peter Stenzel

Brehat Island

Guerledan Lake from the sky in Brittany © Les pieds dans le vide

Guerledan Lake

Harbour Island off the coast of Saint-Quay-Portrieux © Melina 1965

Saint-Brieuc Bay

Sculptures in Valley of the saints © Momoly

The Valley of the Saints