Situated right on the coast opposite St Malo, sitting atop a rocky headland above the Rance, Dinard was a popular spot with the British in Edwardian times; they still visit today for the bracing sea air and a stroll along the promenade. The seafront is lined with Victorian Villas, many of which are listed buildings, which ensure the town still retains its elegant and sedate old world character.

The main beach is La Grande Plage. a strip of sand between the two peninsulas that define the edges of the old town. It is popular with families and is crowded on hot days. Smaller and more isolated is Plage de St-Enogat, a 20-minute walk east through the village of St-Enogat, or Plage du Prieuré, just a 10-minute walk from town. There is a great difference between high and low tides, and swimming pools along the Grand Plage and the Plage du Prieuré beaches catch seawater during high tides for those who opt not to make the trek along the salt flats during low tides to bathe in the sea.

A footpath cut into the base of the cliff rocks provides a scenic route that links the different beaches, and from here you get the best view of the walled city of St Malo across the bay.
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