The largest expanse of parkland in Dinard, the Parc de Port Breton has an equestrian centre, children’s play area, water features, zoological park with around 40 species of animal and birds, and a plant nursery - an all-around great field trip idea for the whole family.
With its gardens, natural greenery and views of the bay, the exceptionally long Promenade du Clair de Lune offers one of the finest coastal walks for visitors to Dinard. Parts of the promenade are set directly on the cliff rocks (the promenade itself is completely secure).
Just 6 kilometres to the west from Dinard, in St Lunaire, lies the lovely, long sandy beach of Longchamps. There is a restaurant and rental outlets for water sports equipment. This is a perfect place for a relaxed day out in the sun - the beach is perfectly suitable for families with children, too.
Here at the Manoli museum, visitors can stroll through a heavenly garden with almost 300 different imaginative art objects to enjoy. There are guided tours during July and August but guests can also find information in leaflets in French, English and German or in audio-guides in French and English.
Fort National, built in the late 17th century to protect St Malo, is a landmark of the city. If you decide to visit the museum do not forget to take the long spiral staircase to the top of the building, from an astonishing view of the city and the coastline unfolds.
The Grand Aquarium is an attraction enjoyable to the whole family. Here you can see 600 different species of marine animals and watch them up close - there is even a contact basin where visitors can touch the fish directly. Do not miss the underwater ride in the submarine at the end.
There are several beaches to choose from in the area, but if you are looking for a place within Dinard city limits this is a perfect option. In the summer season this sandy beach is a popular meeting spot and visitors can join a gym class or attend any other of the activities held here.
If you're feeling lucky or just want to feel the air of glamour for a moment, pay a visit to the casino. In addition to the traditional games, the casino also hosts different shows and cabaret performances, and there is also a fine dining restaurant with magnificent sea view on-site.
Only a couple of kilometers away from Dinard lies the fortified town of Saint-Malo, which offers further sights and attractions to visitors. Walk the cobbled streets of the historic town contained within the ramparts, visit the St Vincent Cathedral, and explore the city's fine dining scene.
This restaurant is located at the Casino Barriere de Dinard. The décor is bright and cheerful and the restaurant provides great views of the sea. L’Appel du Large specialises in seafood dishes, but meat-lovers will not be disappointed with the selection either. Offers classic French flavors.
For an informal meal on a day out shopping, head for the Castor Bellux, an Italian eatery serving pizzas, pasta and other dishes from Italy. Service is known to be delightfully friendly, serving sizes are large, so it's no surprise the restaurant buzzes with diners nearly every night of the week.
Buffalo Grill is a restaurant chain specializing on open-fire grilled meat and fish. The menu features succulent cuts grilled to perfection. If the weather allows, you can enjoy your food out on the terrace. Open all year however off-season it is closed on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesdays.
The efficient and professional personnel at Le Grill Cote Soleil serves scrumptious grilled meat and seafood dishes to their guests, in an often busy but still very welcoming atmosphere. Set menus of different price ranges are available, as well as a daily changing "menu du jour".
This restaurant is located in the harbour, close to the city centre. The menu focus lies on fish and seafood, and the Tapas Marin is a rather popular choice. The interior is modern and guests can choose to sit inside the restaurant or out on the terrace facing the harbour.
This small restaurant, close to the beach of the Prieuré, is only open for lunch. They offer a buffet with selections of cheeses, meats, salads etc. as starters and for the main course, guests can choose from two or three different dishes. Arrive early as it tends to get crowded quickly.
A proud Michelin star holder, Le Chalut is a fine dining restaurant with a homely feel that specializes on seafood from local waters (some meat options are available as well). Dishes are cooked to perfection, and multiple-course menus are on offer. Mind that there is currently no children's menu.
An excellent dining location in Saint-Malo, Bistro de Jean is a classic French bistro with a concise menu featuring only a handful of starters and mains - a sign that the dishes that did make the cut are given utmost attention. Try the signature scallops or sea bass, or opt for the game or lamb.
Do not be fooled by the restaurant's seemingly plain interior - La Marmite Creole is a one-of-kind eatery that specializes in Cajun and Creole cuisine from Reunion Island, a French administrative region in the Indian Ocean. Come here for spice "caris", stews, samosas, and more.
If you like chocolate, you have come to the right place. Their speciality is hot chocolate made with cacao beans from South America and Africa. The cafe is known for its quirky chocolate creations, such as funny little figurines and even chocolate lipstick. Offers several flavours of ice cream.
This small and quiet creperie lies close to the beach in Dinard and serves as a perfect lunch venue, a great place to try Brittany's signature crepe variety. There is a wide array of galettes and crepes to choose from and the menu also contains a new "dish of the day", every day.
Bergamote is located in St. Malo, a town in very close proximity to Dinard. This tea room and crêperie also serves salads and other lighter snacks for lunch together with delicious pastries and cakes. Appealing presentation is at the forefront here - desserts look exceptionally stunning.
Le Cafe Rouge isn't just another hotel restaurant, as it may seem at first glance - the establishment serves excellent seafood, and is one of the good choices for lunch in the area. The "plat du jour" (dish of the day) is often a great choice, but a la carte dining is available as well.
The excellent creperie serves great value "formulas" - a salad, stuffed Breton galette (with egg, ham, and cheese), and a sweet crepe all at a fraction of the price of a dinner at one of Dinard's many fine dining establishments. For a unique taste, try the salted butter and caramel crepe.
The Italian eatery is known for its excellent pizzas - the selection is rather impressive (some pizzas even feature the very Breton egg on top), and serving sizes generous (one pizza may easily be shared among two guests). Other dishes served include pasta, salads, and meats.
Another lovely creperie in town, du Phare offers great value crepes and galettes - the usual suspects on the Dinard cafe scene. Multiple framed images of dreamy lighthouses hang on the walls, gesturing towards Dinard's seaside location. To wash it all down try the local cider (served in cups).
La Suite is a very popular local disco club, one of the few prominent venues on the Dinard nightlife scene. The club has a great vibe and good selection of drinks. One of its biggest perks is the free transfer service to and from Dinard and Saint-Malo. See their web page for themed party schedules.
Much of the nightlife excitement in Dinard revolves around the Casino Barrière, a venue that tends to get especially busy during high season (from roughly May to late October). There are a couple of bars and a restaurant on-site, and the usual casino suspects: roulette, card games, and machines.
The very hip Sadi 2 is an establishment dramatically different from Dinard's polished fine dining venues - the vibe here is very relaxed, the atmosphere reminiscent more of a cool bar than a proper restaurant - although very decent food is served as well. Drinks range from beers to cocktails.
A project led by a young, ambitious team, the 35 Huit is a cafe by day (try one of their excellent coffees or brunches) and bar by night, when cocktails are served to the the sounds live music. Theme nights are held as well - check their web page to see whether anything is on when you're in town.
The tiny restaurant and bar is located a stone's throw away from the popular Plage de l'Ecluse. It tends to get busier as the night progresses, up util 1am on most nights. The bar is fully stocked and serves good cocktails and shots, in the snack department expect to see salads, tartines, and more.
The upscale night club offers complimentary shuttle bus service from multiple points in Dinard and Saint-Malo (consult their web page for schedules and pick-up points). Views from here are unbeatable, and the compact dance floor gets packed with elegant party-goers as the night progresses.
The covered market of Les Halles is the go-to place for those looking to stock up on some excellent local delicacies. The 18 registered vendors sell everything from fresh seafood to local produce, but the two "fromageries" are the ones that deserve particular attention on the part of shoppers.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays the square just by Les Halles comes alive when 300 vendors from the region gather to showcase some of the best local produce at what is now known as the region's largest market. Shop for everything from regional delicacies to clothing and souvenirs.
The centrally located wine boutique is a prime spot to shop for some of the finest local wines, champagne, and other liquors - local and international. Bottles make perfect gifts and souvenirs from the region. The shop packs over 900 varieties, a selection guaranteed to satisfy the finest of tastes.
The rustic Conserverie la Belle-Iloise is a must-stop for Dinard shoppers, a boutique specializing in various kinds of fish preserves, all of which come in uniquely designed tins and can be assembled into beautiful gift sets. Take your pick from a wide selection of tuna and sardine varieties.
Ever since it was first established in 1955, La Trinitaine has been selling specialty baked goods such as butter biscuits, pastries, crepes, salted butter-flavored caramel, and a selection of sweet preserves typical of the region. Adorable gift box sets are available for purchase.
Centre Commercial la Madeleine-Carrefour is conveniently located close to the road leading into Saint-Malo. Here you can go shopping for brands such as Yves Rocher, Clair's, Etam, Morgan, Calzedonia, and more. If you are hungry, feel free to stop for a coffee or lunch at one of its many eateries.
The Saint-Malo indoor market is held at Halle au Blé on Tuesdays and Fridays. The product selection is mainly fresh local produce. On those same days, fish and seafood are sold at the Place de la Poissonnerie, only a few blocks up from the market's location.
The deli is a unique shopping spot in Saint-Malo, a tiny boutique where celebrated chef Jean-Yves Bordier showcases the wide variety of cheeses and butters of his own creations. Reputable eateries from around the world receive regular shipments from here, but anyone is welcome to make a purchase.
The Dinard Bretagne Airport (Aeroport Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo) is situated just 4 kilometres south of the Dinard city centre. Taxis are available outside the terminal. There is no bus or rail connection from the airport to Dinard but there is a shuttle service, scheduled after the arriving flights, that leaves for the bigger city of Saint-Malo. The ticket is purchased from the driver. From Saint-Malo station there are buses to Dinard.
Good bus service links all parts of Dinard to one another, along with a train service from the Gare Maritime La Richardais off the Route du Barrage for journeys further afield. Remember that all bus tickets must be validated when entering the vehicle. Car parks are in the Place de Gaulle, the Place du Marché Halles and off the Place de la République, along with the beaches.
Taxis are available from outside the airport and the taxi station in the Place de la République. The official taxi companies have a taxi sign on the roof of the cars and the fare is decided by a metre. The rate depends on day and time. Bedel Taxi +33 6 60 42 04 15 Taxi Delommez +33 6 03 47 84 66 Taxi Dinard +33 660 420 415