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Dinan is perhaps one of the prettiest medieval walled cities in France with its 15th-century half-timbered buildings and cobbled streets filled with art galleries and craft shops, it’s worth a day of anyone’s time.
Historical attractions include: The Jacobins Theatre (1224), the Gothic St Malo's Church, The romanesque St Saviour's Basilica, the Duchess Anne's Tower and The Chateau de Dinan.Every other year there is a festival called the "Fete des Remparts" when the locals dress up in medieval outfit and the town is decorated.
Dinan is quite a small town which attracts lot of tourists each year because of its old style charm but with over 50 bars, restaurants and creperies you are sure to find a sunny spot to relax and watch the world go by, whether it be from a park bench in the square or the balcony of one of the luxury villas outside of town.
There is a fruit and vegetable market every Thursday morning
Dinan is without doubt one of the most attractive and best preserved small towns in Brittany. With its 1.8 mile (3km)-long ramparts, half-timbered houses, attractive port and cobbled streets The most attractive part of Dinan is arguably its port, which is where you’ll arrive if you take a boat from Dinard or St Malo. The quay is lined with old stone houses, many of which are now waterside restaurants and chandlers’ shops. Take a walk along the old towpath or cross the 15th-century stone bridge to Lanvallay to find out about life on the river in the Maison de la Rance discovery centre. Wherever you are, you won’t miss the 131ft (40m)-high viaduct.From the port, make your way up the steep Rue du Petit-Fort, which was Dinan’s main point of access until the 18th century. This cobbled hill with its half-timbered houses appears on many a postcard; have a browse in the arts and crafts shops. Dinan has been designated a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire (Town of Art and History) and the town is filled with artists, sculptors, engravers, bookbinders, glassblowers and more.
Dinan’s old town is a warren of narrow streets where it appears that time has stood still. The quaintest part is Place des Merciers where you’ll find the best examples of the town’s half-timbered houses; just opposite is the pedestrianized Rue de la Cordonnerie, also known as ‘thirsty street’ as it has nine bars.
The 13th-century castle now houses the town’s museum and this is the best place to start a tour of the magnificent ramparts, 8804ft (2684m) long, which are the oldest and most impressive in Brittany. Dinan holds the Fête des Remparts medieval festival each July.
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