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Barrage de la Rance, Dinard

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Barrage de la Rance is the world's first tidal power station and also the world's second biggest tidal power station. With a peak rating of 240 megawatts generated by its 24 turbines, it supplies 0.012% of the power demand of France. A canal lock in the west end of the dam permits the passage of 16,000-ton vessels between the English Channel and the Rance. Highway 168 crosses the dam and allows vehicles to travel between Dinard and Saint-Malo, making this a large tourist attraction. There is a drawbridge where the road crosses the lock, which raises allowing larger vessels to pass. Arrange to visit Barrage de la Rance and other attractions in Dinard using our Dinard family vacation planner.
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  • Very interesting visit to a magnificent piece of engineering. Its a bit tricky to find if you use sat nav and the map here on TA shows the visitor centre in the wrong place. Basically as you come over...  more »
  • On November 26, the Rance dam will be 50 years old. This construction will be allowed a direct link between Saint-Malo and Dinard and 30,000 cars using it every day. The visit of this extraordinary work of art is free and worth a visit. This dam produces 17% of the Breton electricity thanks to its 24 turbines. Happy birthday to this dam
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  • We arrived just before the closing of the lock, and then we visited the installation below - take care it is very well signposted, but really worth the visit!
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