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Dinan

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Côtes-d'Armor

Dinan - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Côtes-d'Armor
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Built on a hill overlooking the Rance Valley, Dinan is located in Upper Brittany, in the department of Côtes-d'Armor.

This medieval Town of Art and History, surrounded by tall ramparts that run for three kilometres, dates back to the Celtic era, but the monks settled on the banks of the Rance in the 9th century. The town developed in the 11th century around a priory. Having become a ducal town in the late 13th century, Dinan benefited from this new status as it developed.

In Dinan, time seems to have stood still. The picturesque cobbled streets, whose restaurants and pancake houses sometimes feature medieval decorations, invite long walks. There are pretty shops and emblematic monuments to see.

The small harbour is the starting point for boat excursions on the Rance.Various hikes and water sports activities are available on the banks of the river. There is also the House of the Rance, a museum about the valley that offers many activities including walks, bike rides and boat trips.

After a walk around the harbour, where trade developed in the Middle Ages, head to the picturesque cobbled street of Le Jerzual, an old, steep path that connects the harbour with the medieval town. This charming street lined with half-timbered houses and many art and craft shops used to be the street where weavers and tanners lived. Nowadays they have been replaced by wood-gilders and glass-blowers.

Good to know: Dinan has around 115 half-timbered houses, a legacy of its medieval past!

Built in the 14th century, Dinan Castle is now a museum with art and history collections. It consists of three parts: the Guichet Gate, the keep and the Coëtquen Tower.

The unusual 12th-century Basilica of St. Saviour was never completed. This religious monument combines Byzantine, Persian and Romanesque influences, and contains the heart of Bertrand Du Guesclin.

For a lovely view of the town and the Rance, head to the Clock Tower: standing 46 metres tall, this 15th-century edifice is open from April to September and is the highest point in the town.

There's no Celtic music without a harp… and Dinan is also the place where you can visit the House of the Harp - Ti an Delenn. Children can even attend workshops to discover the instrument.

At the Yvonne Jean-Haffen Museum, based in the house of the famous artist who donated it to the town, there are nearly 5,000 drawings, paintings and pottery on display for visitors to learn about her work.

The Rail Museum will appeal to young ones and anyone who has fond memories of their old electric train set…

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Dinan

Dinan:

Dinan is a medieval city with old walls that welcomes every two years its festival of the Remparts in July. The old town is completely restored, and there are many shops with half-timbered houses reminiscent of old crafts (glassblower, cabinetmakers of period furniture, weavers, pottery...). You will find them in the pedestrian street of Jerzual, and there, while going down this same street, you will arrive at the port of Dinan, the walk is magnificent. You can also make a mini-cruise on the Rance to the village of Léhon upstream, whose visit is required, and to the Yvet lock downstream to taste mussels fries!

On Thursday morning, the market stretches from Place du Champ Clos to Place Duguesclin.

Many shops enliven the streets, and a small train runs from the port to the city, it will not fail to point out that Dinan is the city of delicious and fragile pancakes lace: the Gavottes.

Léhon:

Léhon, located 1 km from Dinan in the picturesque Rance Valley, preserves a historical and religious heritage whose remains recall the important place held by this village in medieval times. The Benedictine abbey founded in the ninth century by the king of Brittany Nominoë, the castle built in the twelfth century on the promontory overlooking the bridge, and the houses of the town seduce visitors who flock here since the nineteenth century.

Léhon is primarily shaped by the hands of the monks, who established their monastery in a meander of the Rance. King Nominoë and the lords richly endow the monastic establishment, whose relics of Saint Magloire ensure the spiritual influence until its closure during the Revolution.

The lords of Dinan establish their fortress on the rocky outcrop to ensure the protection of the property of the abbey and the defense of the passage over the Rance.

The castle is dismantled in the 17th century. The Rance and the path of Dinan in Rennes favor trade and exchanges. The craft trades thrive: weaving sailcloth, tanneries, shops. The houses mark a certain ease: molded cornices and carved lintels. In the nineteenth century, the viaduct diverting traffic from Dinan to Rennes promotes the decline of the market town.

Today, Léhon has successfully combined old architecture and modernity, keeping the memory of its past while opening on the news.

By the banks of Rance, the discovery of Léhon is privileged. The visitor is struck by the majestic architecture of the abbey standing proudly above the blue roofs of the houses. Even the castle seems to give it precedence. Today, the abbey remains a privileged place of multiple cultural expressions. Everything here exudes ancient memories: a historic place is not so much what we admire but what, in a low voice, speaks to us...

Things to see and do

Dinan:

The city of Dinan allows you to find unusual sites and escape along the water. We discover a city of the Middle Ages with its ramparts and alleys where it is good to get lost, stalls become shops or restaurants.

You can discover the Yvonne Jean-Haffen Museum, which exhibits new works every year.

There are also ways to get fresh ideas thanks to the magnificent marked out circuits around the Rance. Possibility to paddle on the Rance or to go boating or kayaking.

Léhon:

The Abbey Saint-Magloire (twelfth-nineteenth century).

The feudal castle of the thirteenth century.

The Calvary of the Holy Spirit of the fourteenth century.

The small medieval bridge in donkey, located at the bottom of the village.

Outdoor swimming pool (pool Apple trees, heated water), tennis.

Hiking "The Longs of Rance" - from Tressaint to Chantoiseau, by Lanvallay, the port of Dinan and Léhon - Map IGN 1116 East - 14 km - 4h.

From Dinan, you can approach the pretty village of Léhon by the towpath, along the Rance, on foot or bike. After the lock, the landscape is enchanting and the Léhon Abbey and its gardens are reflected in the water of the river. Pass the old stone bridge and discover the flowery streets and stone houses of the country and on a rocky outcrop, the ruins of the castle.

Places of interest

Information points
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Transport

Events and festivities

Dinan:

Market on Thursday morning.

Fête des Remparts in July every two years.

Jazz festival on Place Saint-Sauveur at the end of August for the initiated and the curious.

Preview of "What's This Grandma ?!"
Concert Rue de la Chaux
Exhibition "Escales"
"Aperitif Salsa" With Ivan Antonio
Green Lads - Irish Electro
Mental Door, Charivari Company - Solo of Circus Aerial on Gantry
Sean Ainm - Traditional Irish Music and Sacred Music from Brittany
St So Market
Multivision Slideshow "TIBET, Roof of the World"
Pot of the Friendship of the Traders of the Passage of the Tower

Photos

Dinan - ​​Jerzual Street
Dinan - ​​Jerzual Street
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Dinan - ​​House of the Harp
Dinan - ​​House of the Harp
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Abbey Saint-Magloire de Léhon, Historical Monument
Abbey Saint-Magloire de Léhon, Historical Monument
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Port of Dinan
Port of Dinan
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Dinan - ​​Wood panels
Dinan - ​​Wood panels
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Dinan
Dinan
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Dinan - ​​Nautical Jousting
Dinan - ​​Nautical Jousting
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Dinan - ​​Rance Valley
Dinan - ​​Rance Valley
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Castle of Dinan
Castle of Dinan
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Dinan
Dinan
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Dinan - ​​Church Saint-Malo
Dinan - ​​Church Saint-Malo
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Dinan - ​​City gate
Dinan - ​​City gate
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Dinan - ​​Basilica of Saint Savior
Dinan - ​​Basilica of Saint Savior
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Dinan - ​​Place Saint-Sauveur
Dinan - ​​Place Saint-Sauveur
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Dinan - ​​Artist's House of the Great Vine
Dinan - ​​Artist's House of the Great Vine
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Dinan - ​​Clock Tower
Dinan - ​​Clock Tower
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Port of Dinan
Port of Dinan
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Castle Dinan and rampart
Castle Dinan and rampart
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Feudal castle of Léhon
Feudal castle of Léhon
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Museum 39-45 Léhon
Museum 39-45 Léhon
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Town of Dinan where you can visit the abbey and the streets flowers.

Léhon:

Dinan, you can approach the pretty village of Léhon through hauling on foot or bike. After the lock, the scenery is enchanting and Léhon Abbey and its gardens are reflected in the water of the river. Pass the old stone bridge and discover the flowery streets and stone houses in the country and on a rocky outcrop, the castle ruins.

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