Dinard is a beach resort situated on the north west coast of France in the region of Brittany and has a population of approximately 10,000 people. It has been a popular holiday destination since the middle of the 19th century and its combination of mild climate, long sandy beaches and water sport activities arguable make it one of the best seaside resorts in Europe. The wider region of Brittany also offers some fantastic places to explore.
St Malo’s narrow streets and ancient ramparts are alive with street theatre and entertainers in the summer. To the west the sheltered beaches and fishing ports of St Cast and St Briac-sur-Mer are to be found. Further west towards the bay at Perros-Guirec are the giant rocks and outcrops that give the Pink Granite Coast its name. Inland from St Malo there are medieval gems such as Dinan with its half-timbered buildings and cobbled streets; Combourg, a Breton market town with an 11th Century chateau; Brittany’s capital, Rennes; and historic Vannes with its quaint streets.
Gently shelving beaches, calm rock pools and busy resorts line the coast between Benodet and La Baule. These include the 14th Century town of Concarneau; Pont-Aven, home of the Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin; and the Quiberon peninsula with its wild coast-line to the west and safe beaches to the east. With its casino, elegant shops and water sports, La Baule itself is a playground for holiday-makers.
Celtic customs are retained in the towns and villages of Bannalec, Auray and La Roche-Bernard. Here, the Breton language is still taught in schools and traditional costumes are worn at weddings and festivals.
The Musee du Site Balneaire is a museum dedicated to the history of the area and the development of Dinard into a seaside resort. It is open between April and October between 1000 and 1800 but is closed for lunch from 1200 to 1400.
The Sea Museum in Dinard has exhibitions devoted to the polar adventures of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, which took at the beginning of the 20th century, and also his boat the ‘Pourquoi Pas?’ that was built in Saint Malo between 1907 and 1908.
The Casino in Dinard is located on the sea-front. It has a theatre, restaurant, bar, 100 slot machines and 7 Gaming Tables.
The Cinema Complex has two screens with 342 seats and 145 seats respectively. The cinemas are modern and well-equipped and both benefit from Dolby stereo.