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Houses classified of Dinard|Villa Saint-Germain, on the tip of the reel|Tents on the beach of the lock|The Villa Eugenie, built for the coming of the imperial couple|Villas at the edge of la Malouine|The House of the Black Prince|Photo Pymouss

Dinard, city of Art and history

Labeled city of Art and history, Dinard offers a preserved heritage ave 407 villas classified at the time of the Belle Époque where the English colony launched water sports or tennis. But the Pearl of the Emerald Coast, Dinard is also an elegant seaside resort with great beaches and coastal trails it offers stunning views of the sea and the river Rance.

Brief summary of history

In the middle ages, Dinard is just a very small fishing village. The 1870s, the real estate promotion of Dinard is at its peak with the action of the County Rochaïd Dahdah who will be the real promoter of the station. The city became the venue of high society national and international, it was considered the "first Station Balnéaire de France". Dinard hosted personalities of European royal families, the world of industry, politics, and artists.

From the late 1930s, Dinard began its decline: the British gradually stopped coming, and suddenly it's all the rich aristocracy that deserted. A windy climate, la Côte d'Azur is prefered, more fashionable and more appreciated for its Mediterranean climate. The city falls gradually into oblivion, only the villas are resistant.

In Dinard

Its apogee, Dinard retains an exceptional seaside heritage constituted by these superb villas located along the coast. Eclectic style, these villas majestic and whimsical multiply architectural references.

Also to see in Dinard, the so-called House of the Black Prince (XIVth century), the Manor House of the Baronnais, of Renaissance style Breton with its gardens to the French (1647) and the Harbour Island fort (1689). The tennis club of Dinard is one of the first built in France in 1879.

The interpretation of architecture and Heritage Centre is installed in the villa Eugenie, built in honour of the wife of Napoleon III. It presents a retrospective of local history and seaside life of the late 19th-early 20th century.

Walks and beaches

Dinard has beautiful beaches of fine sand of the l'Ecluse, Port-Blanc, Saint-Enogat and the Priory. It has superb coastal walks such as the tip of the reel with magnificent views of the coast, the Cape Fréhel and St Malo. The seawall promenade of the Clair de Lune offers lovely views over the estuary of the Rance. The tip of the Viscount offers splendid escaped on the Harbour, the estuary and the Rance tidal power plant.

The Rance tidal power plant

In the tidal power plant of the Rance of Electricité de France (EDF) a discovery space allows to discover the functioning of the tidal power plant, its environment and the world of energy. A Bay window offers a panoramic view on the inside of the long engine room of 332 metres. An outdoor trail consists of 12 panels of information and an information panel to complete the visit. Free access all year round.

Tidal power plant of the Rance - Barrage de la Rance - Tel. + 33 (0) 2 99 16 37 14.

Useful information :

Good to know :
Tourist office of Dinard
2 boulevard Feart,
35800 Dinard
Tel. + 33 (0) 821 23 55 00

Free of charge.

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