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Trip Planner Europe  /  France  /  Brittany  /  Ille-et-Vilaine  /  Dinard
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Things to do: historic sites, sightseeing, beaches
Dinard is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in northwestern France.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.HistoryIn modern history Dinard was first settled by Saint-Malo's shipping merchants who built some of the town's magnificent houses, very few of which survive. In the late 19th century American and British aristocrats made Dinard popular as a fashionable summer resort, and they built stunning villas on the cliff tops and exclusive hotels such as the 'Le Grand Hotel' on the seafront during the French "Belle Époque".The name Dinard comes from the words "Din" ("hill"/"fort") and Arz/Art ("fortified"). It has been claimed, probably erroneously,that the second element means "bear"/"Arthur")(5-star), which looks over the Rance Estuary. Other notable hotels are the Royal, which sits next to the Casino above the main Esplanade. Further round the coast in the Saint-Énogat area of Dinard is the Thalassa Dinard and Villas de La Falaise. This exclusive sea water therapy centre is one of only a few throughout Europe. The architecture of this building is sympathetic with the coast line, and from some angles becomes at one with the cliffside.
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