Dinan tourism and travel guide

Photo of Dinan in Cotes-d'Armor

Visit Dinan: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: The extensive medieval centre of the walled town of Dinan ensure its popularity - one of our favourite Brittany towns!

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Dinan. For detailed visitor information see the Dinan travel guide.

Dinan is situated in the Cotes-d'Armor department and Brittany region, in the north-west of France at 53 kilometres from Saint-Brieuc, the department capital (general information: Dinan is 326 kilometres from Paris).

Attractions in Dinan

Dinan castle is an imposing medieval castle which also has views across the town from the ramparts: Chateau de Dinan

The Church of Saint-Malo in Dinan is a large 15th century church with interesting architectural features: Dinan church of Saint-Malo

The basilica of Saint-Sauveur in Dinan incorporates romanesque elements from the 12th century and gothic elements from the 15th century: Dinan basilica of Saint-Sauveur

The Rue du Jerzual and the port are two of the most picturesque areas in Dinan: Dinan Rue du Jerzual

Tourist classifications for Dinan include "recommended detour", "secteur sauvegarde" and "town of art and history". It is unusual for a town to have 3 awards, which indicates how important Dinan is as a tourist destination!

Popular places to visit nearby include Dinan basilica of Saint-Sauveur at 0 km and Chateau de Dinan at 1 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Dinan, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Dinan in Brittany.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Cotes-d'Armor

Map of places to visit near Dinan

Markets in and near Dinan

Market days in Dinan: weekly market: Thursday;

  • Dinan: market Thursday (0km)
  • Plancoet: market Saturday (16km)
  • Lancieux: market Tuesday & Tuesday (19km)
  • Saint-Jacut-de-la-Mer: market Friday (19km)
  • Dinard: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday (20km)
  • Saint-Lunaire: market Sunday - seasonal market only (21km)
  • Tinteniac: market Wednesday (21km)
  • Broons: market Wednesday (22km)
  • Saint-Malo: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday (22km)
  • Combourg: market Monday (22km)

More information about Dinan, Brittany

Tourist attractions near Dinan, France

Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Dinan.

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du château de la Bourbansais (12km)
  • Jardins de Montmarin (14km)
  • Parc du château de Caradeuc (19km)
  • Jardin du château de La Ballue (38km)
  • Parc du château de Bonnefontaine (41km)
  • Jardin des fontaines et parc de l’Athanor (54km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Estuaire de la Rance (13km)
  • Îlots Notre-Dame et Chevret (16km)
  • Rance (fleuve) (21km)
  • Embouchure - Rance (21km)
  • Baie de Lancieux, baie de l'Arguenon, archipel de Saint-Malo et Dinard (22km)
  • Îlot de la Colombière (22km)
  • Cézembre (25km)
  • Pointe de la Varde (26km)
  • Havre de Rothéneuf (27km)
  • Île Besnard (27km)
  • Côte de Cancale à Paramé (28km)
  • Île du Guesclin (29km)
  • Île des Rimains (30km)
  • Étangs du canal d'Ille-et-Rance (32km)
  • Cap Frehel (32km)
  • Pointe du Grouin (32km)
  • Île des Landes (33km)
  • Source - Rance (40km)
  • Réserve naturelle régionale du Marais de Sougeal (40km)
  • Le Grand-Pourier (41km)
  • Îlot du Verdelet (41km)
  • Embouchure - Couesnon (43km)
  • Couesnon (43km)
  • Abbaye Notre-Dame du Nid-au-Merle (44km)
  • Forêt de Rennes (46km)
  • Complexe forestier Rennes-Liffré-Chèvre, étang et lande d'Ouée, forêt de Haute-Sève (47km)
  • Chausey (48km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Saint-Juvat (11km)
  • Saint-Malo (22km)
  • Le Rheu (44km)
  • Cesson-Sevigne (50km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Dinan

Canton: Dinan

Arrondissement: Dinan

Department: Cotes-d'Armor

Region: Brittany

Postcode: 22100

Distance to Dinan

from Saint-Brieuc (prefecture): 53 km

from Paris: 326 km

from Calais: 394 km

from Nice: 891 km

from Bordeaux: 418 km

from Strasbourg: 721 km

Getting here

Dinan is in the north-west of France. Most visitors arrive by car, often from a ferry port such as Roscoff or Saint Malo nearby on the northern Brittany coast. For driving distances to Dinan from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 12 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Aucaleuc, Bobital, Calorguen, La Vicomte-sur-Rance, Lanvallay, Lehon, Les Champs-Geraux, Quevert, Saint-Carne, Saint-Samson-sur-Rance, Taden and Trelivan.

This page in French: Visiter Dinan