LEISURES

EXCURSIONS

Dinard

Dinard is on the Côte d’Émeraude of Brittany. Its beaches and mild climate make it a popular holiday destination, and this has resulted in the town having a variety of famous visitors and residents. The towns of Pleurtuit and Saint-Malo are nearby and the Dinard Pleurtuit Saint-Malo airport is about 4 km south of Dinard.
Dinard lies on the Gulf Stream which means it enjoys a warm climate, several degrees warmer than the surrounding areas. The Yacht club has fine examples of tropical palms and plants, which stretch round the coast on the Promenade du Clair de Lune.
Dinard’s reputation as the “Cannes of the North” has attracted a wide variety of stars.
Dinard cannot boast much nightlife, but many bars and fine restaurants fill the town’s streets. The abundance of beaches coupled with a consistently sunny weather, however, attracts many visitors during the summer holidays. The attractions include a casino with a restaurant facing the sea and a hall which hosts many expositions. The nearby towns of Saint-Briac-sur-Mer and Saint-Lunaire also feature respectively a fairly large golf course and the beach of Longchamp, renowned as a “surfers’ spot”.

Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometre (0.6 miles) off the country’s northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches.

The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times, and since the eighth century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it. On top God, the abbey and monastery, below this the Great halls, then stores and housing, and at the bottom, outside the walls, fishermen and farmers’ housing.

One of France’s most recognisable landmarks, Mont Saint-Michel and its bay are part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and more than 3 million people visit it each year.

Cancale

Cancale is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in northwestern France. It is known as the birthplace of Saint Jeanne Jugan.

Cancale lies along the coast to the east of Saint-Malo. It is a picturesque fishing village popular with visitors, many of whom are drawn by its reputation as the “oyster capital” of Brittany. Though a small town, it is well served by a large number of restaurants, many specialising in seafood. When not eating one can sit and watch the bustle of this busy little town with many stalls selling crustaceans of all types.

There is a pleasant coastal path which permits a circular walk from the town to the Pointe du Grouin with views across the bay towards Mont Saint-Michel.

Dol-de-Bretagne

Dol-de-Bretagne, cited in most historical records under its Breton name of Dol, is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine département in Brittany in northwestern France.

Dol-de-Bretagne is reputed to be the origin of the royal House of Stewart who became the monarchs of Scotland and later England and Ireland; a plaque in Dol commemorates that origin.

Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo is a walled port city in Brittany in northwestern France on the English Channel. It is a sub-prefecture of the Ille-et-Vilaine.

Traditionally with an independent streak, Saint-Malo was in the past notorious for piracy. Today it is a major tourist destination, with many ancient, attractive buildings.

Now inseparably attached to the mainland, Saint-Malo is the most visited place in Brittany. Sites of interest include The walled city, The château of Saint-Malo, The Solidor Tower in Saint-Servan, The tomb of the writer Chateaubriand on the Ile du Grand Bé, The Cathedral of St. Vincent (Saint-Malo Cathedral), The Privateer’s House, The Great Aquarium Saint-Malo, The labyrinthe du Corsaire, The Pointe de la Varde, The City of Alet, Fort National and Fort de la Conchée.

Dinan

Its geographical setting is exceptional. Instead of nestling on the valley floor like Morlaix, most urban development has been on the hillside, overlooking the river Rance.

The medieval town on the hilltop has many fine old buildings, some of which date from the 13th century. The town retains a large section of the city walls, part of which can be walked round.
Major historical attractions include the Jacobins Theatre dating from 1224, the flamboyant Gothic St Malo’s Church, the Romanesque St Saviour’s Basilica, Duchess Anne’s Tower and the Château de Dinan.

A major highlight in the calendar is Dinan’s Fête des Remparts. The town is transformed with decoration and many locals dress up in medieval garb for this two-day festival. The festival takes place every other year.

Erquy :

Erquy has about 3,841 permanent residents. The commune covers 2686 hectares and includes almost 15 km of coastline. Its many hamlets contain interesting examples of our heritage which reveal its history (a chapel, a dolmen, manor houses, a lighthouse…).

Le Cap d’Erquy :

The heathland of the” Cap d’Erquy” is listed as one of the most remarkable natural environments in the Department. Once used as farmland, it is now a nature reserve. It contains a wide variety of species of heather and gorse creating a landscape ot colours changing with the seasons.
The dunes were formed some 2000 years ago when the sea level fell back slightly. Today they are the theatre for a natural phenomena stirred up by the waves and the wind.

Le Cap Fréhel :

“Cap Fréhel” is a peninsula in Côtes-d’Armor, in northern Brittany, France which extends off the “Côte d’Émeraude” into the “Golfe de Saint-Malo”. No towns or villages are situated on the peninsula however two lighthouses, one from the 17th century and the other one from 1950, are located at the tip of it. The Cap is located 8.5 km from the town centre of Fréhel. The peninsula is surrounded by mainly cliffs which make it difficult to access it via sea. The whole of the undulating terrain is covered in moorland and marshes which make it difficult to construct any structure on the site.

Le Fort-La-Latte :

Fort-la-Latte or Castle of La Latte is a castle located about 4 km southeast of “Cap Fréhel” and about 35 km west of Saint-Malo, in the commune of Fréhel, Côtes-d’Armor, Brittany, France. It is a famous tourist attraction on the “Cote d’Émeraude” in the northeast of Brittany. This impressive castle was built on a small piece of land at the “Baie de la Fresnaye” in the 13th century. Various films have been shot at this site, including The Vikings (1958 by Richard Fleischer) with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis. It is also featured in the french band Manau videoclip La Tribu de Dana. The castle has been classified as a “monument historique” by the French Ministry of Culture since 1925.

SPORTS & LEISURES

Walks

Walks around the “Côte d’Émeraude” bring new surprises with every season: swimming in the limpid waters of the wild beaches… the silence of the countryside, broken only by the sound of the waves… lungfuls of fresh sea air and superb scenery all year round!

Sailing school

Sailing school based at Dinard. Day or half day courses, from 3 years old, introduction, beginners and advanced lessons. Optimists, catamarans, windsurfing.

Golf Course:

Established in 1887, Dinard is France’s second-oldest club and is steeped in history. Founded by a group of British settlers and designed by the famous Scotsman Tom Dunn, it is clearly modelled on the great courses ‘back home’.
Totally authentic and simply oozing class and quality, it’s an absolute joy from the first tee to the final green.