Saint-Lunaire, Ille-et-Vilaine tourism & sightseeing
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The seaside resort of Saint-Lunaire is on the Emerald coast of north Brittany, in the Ille-et-Vilaine department and only a few kilometres from Dinard. The presence of a dolmen indicates that the location has been occupied since neolithic times, about 5000 years ago.
France This Way comment: Saint-Lunaire is a small but quite attractive seaside resort, perhaps a good choice if you want to visit this part of the Brittany coast but avoid the crowds in Dinard while still being close enough to visit that town
The centre of activity in Saint-Lunaire is of course the beach, called La Grande Plage and in the centre of the town. The beach is long and sandy, with rocky promontories at either end providing some protection from the wind.
There are other beaches in Saint-Lunaire, such as the Plage de Longchamps to the west and the Plage de la Fosse aux Vaults and the Plage de la Fourberie to the east, which are also long sandy beaches but these are much quieter and have less facilities that the Grande Plage.
Behind the beach there is a broad promenade as well as several imposing villas, of which the largest is the Grand Hotel. The Saint-Lunaire tourist office is at the east end of the beach, and in the streets near the west end of the beach there are a few tourist shops and cafes.
You can walk out along the promontory to the west of the beach in the centre of Saint-Lunaire to a viewpoint at Point de Décollé from where you have good views in both directions along the coast. There is another viewpoint on the promontory to the east of the beach. The GR34 long distance path passes through Saint-Lunaire so there is a coast path in both directions from the town.
The main church for Saint-Lunaire is in the town centre and was built in the 19th century: it is remarkable for its byzantine style dome. There is a more interesting church a few hundred metres away, a small roman style church built in the 11th century, although various modifications have taken place since.
It is believed that this ancient church was originally built to hold the relics of Saint Lunaire. It has a simple square tower, just a few metres tall, and in front of the church there is a beautiful stone cross with Jesus on one side and the Virgin with child on the other side that was made in the 14th century.
There is a public garden open to the public from April to October on Rue de la Grève and called the Garden of the Presbytery, and if you are like to be active when you travel Saint-Lunaire hs a large area with eight tennis courts in the town centre (established here when the resort first developed in the 19th century) - or a mini-golf next to the tourist office, if you prefer something less tiring!
As Saint-Lunaire is only a few kilometres from Dinard you will certainly want to visit: Dinard is a lively town with an attractive centre and a sandy beach. If you travel west there are other small resorts to visit such as Saint-Briac-sur-Mer and Saint-Jacut-de-la-Mer.
About 20 kilometres south of here you can visit Dinan, one of our favourite historic towns in France.
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Address: , Brittany, , France || GPS: latitude 48.63444, longitude -2.108889
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Dinard: town of art and history (4 km)
- Baie de Lancieux, baie de l'Arguenon, archipel de Saint-Malo et Dinard: site of natural beauty (4 km)
- Rance (fleuve): site of natural beauty (5 km)
- Embouchure - Rance: site of natural beauty (5 km)
- Cézembre: site of natural beauty (5 km)
- Saint-Malo: ville fleurie 4* (7 km)
- Jardins de Montmarin: remarkable garden (7 km)
- Îlot de la Colombière: site of natural beauty (7 km)
- Îlots Notre-Dame et Chevret: site of natural beauty (9 km)
- Pointe de la Varde: site of natural beauty (10 km)
- Havre de Rothéneuf: site of natural beauty (13 km)
- Île Besnard: site of natural beauty (13 km)
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