Dinard is a genteel seaside resort set on the Côte d'Émeraude. Beautiful sandy beaches and a sun-drenched climate make it one of the most coveted holiday destinations in France. Admire elegant Belle Époque villas, stroll along the palm-lined promenade and sunbathe alongside well-heeled holidaymakers, celebrities and European royalty.
Things to do in Dinard
Dinard is perched on the sunny Côte d'Émeraude and surrounded by postcard-perfect beaches. Plage de l’Écluse is the signature stretch of sand and dotted with striped beach tents. Head to Plage de Saint-Enogat to make a splash with water sports. Promenade Clair de Lune stretches along the coast and is lined with lush palm trees, Atlas cedars and other Mediterranean plants.
Dinard gained popularity with British and American holidaymakers in the 19th century and has retained its historic charm. The resort is filled with Belle Époque mansions and turn-of-the-century villas, many reimagined as upscale hotels. Guided walking tours take you to some of the most beautiful villas and offer more information on the resort’s haughty past.
The GR34 long-distance hiking trails passes through Dinard and follows an old route used by customs officers. Enjoy a short stroll along the coastal trail or embark on a full-day adventure. The scenery is spectacular, with the trail taking you past hidden coves, rugged clifftops and jewel-toned bays.
From crepes drizzled with butter, sugar and lemon juice to sumptuous seafood platters, Dinard will tantalise your palate with authentic French cuisine. Mussels caught in the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel are a local delicacy and are best-enjoyed cooked in a white wine, garlic and cream sauce.
Getting around Dinard
Dinard is compact and easy to get around on foot. The resort is located in the Ille-et-Vilaine department, a 4.5-hour drive from Paris and 30 minutes from Saint-Malo. Trains run between Paris and Saint-Malo in around three hours. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is a 4.5-hour drive away.