Drive & explore Dinard

Discover what you can you do to make your expereince in Dinard really special

Discover the emerald coast of Dinard, a jewel in France’s crown.

Visiting Dinard

Made famous by aristocrats journeying over from Britain and America in the 19th Century, a walk down Dinard is a walk through the past. The sort of past you see in films; beautiful belle époque mansions, picturesque beaches studded with blue and white striped tents and tall cliffs looking over a tranquil sea.

What to see in Dinard

Promenade Clair de Lune
As well as being a beautiful beach, Plage de l'Écluse is also known for its blue and white striped tents
As well as being a beautiful beach, Plage de l'Écluse is also known for its blue and white striped tents.

The best things in life are free and what's more enjoyable than a costal walk with a beautiful view? On a warm summer's day, take your time walking along the palm and mimosa tree lined Promenade Clair de Lune. The walk will take you to Plage de l'Écluse, Dinard's main beach and home of your next stop on our guide.

Casino Barrière Dinard

Just a five-minute walk from Plage de l'Écluse, you will find Casino Barrière Dinard, the perfect place to go for a glamorous night out. If you don't want to run the risk of lady luck not being on your side, then the casino is also home to a restaurant and bar with a stunning sea view.

Belle époque mansions
Promenade Clair de Lune is a beautiful walk surrounded by exotic plants, looking out to the stunning sea below.
Promenade Clair de Lune is a beautiful walk surrounded by exotic plants, looking out to the stunning sea below.

One of the most charming things about Dinard are the belle époque houses that you can find perched high on the cliffs, watching out over the sea. The houses were built in the 19th century, during the height of the belle époque fashion. All the houses are especially beautiful, but make sure you try and get a glimpse of Empress Eugénie's villa, as it's quite spectacular.

Plage de l'Écluse
In Dinard you must take the time to get a proper look at the beautiful belle époque houses that make the area so famous
In Dinard you must take the time to get a proper look at the beautiful belle époque houses that make the area so famous.

As this was briefly mentioned at the start of our guide, Plage de l'Écluse is the largest and most popular beach in Dinard. It is decorated with blue and white striped beach tents, and is in walking distance to the Olympic-sized swimming pool as well as lots of lovely little cafés and bars. It gets quite busy in the summertime, so if you're planning a beach day make sure you get there early.

Where to eat in Dinard

La Balafon

On your holiday, you want only the best. La Balafon is known locally as one of the finest restaurants in Dinard, and for good reasons. It's set away from the busy seafront, in a quieter, less touristy area. This is a true neighbourhood restaurant, using ingredients from local markets so you get the real Dinard experience.

Where to drink in Dinard

Bar Rock Café

For those who love a big dose of live music to go with their beer, then the Bar Rock Café is a great place to go for a brilliant night out. A good selection of drinks, tables shaped like guitars and live music; the perfect ending to a day at the beach.

Where to stay in Dinard

Hotel Barrière Le Grand Hotel

In such a grand and historic town, it's only fitting that you treat yourself to a special place to stay. Hotel Barrière Le Grand Hotel is a beautifully decorated vintage hotel that doesn't just offer gorgeous rooms, but a relaxing spa, delicious restaurants and a kid's club, all overlooking the stunning Vicomté Bay.

Weather in Dinard

During the summer, the average weather is around 17°C, but expect it to climb higher, especially in July and August. There will be a healthy sea breeze, so do remember to bring a light layer. It gets quite cold in December (7°C), but January and February are colder so definitely don't forget your winter wardrobe if visiting then.

Getting there and around:

It's just under five hours from our Calais terminal to the sun-kissed streets of Dinard. Take the A16 to Voie de la Liberté then take the D168 to Dinard. This route does involve tolls, so keep your euros close.

Dinard isn't known for its parking facilities. Expect to spend some time driving around for a space and you will probably have to spend a few euros once you find it. If you're staying in the town, it's best you leave your car at your accommodation and walk everywhere. You'll see more that way!

Are you ready to live the belle époque dream? Jump in the car and head down to Dinard. Book your tickets through us early, to get the best price.

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