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We might be biased, but we believe the stunning Breton coastline and its magnificent beaches are easily amongst the very best in all of France.
Famous for its sandy dunes, this expansive beach with its striking sand spit is well worth seeking out.
Saint-Cast-le-Guildo and Saint-Jacut
The dramatic capes at Saint-Cast-le-Guildo and Saint-Jacut, with their splendid beaches on either side of the Arguenon estuary, compete for tourists on the ‘Côte d’Emeraude’ (Emerald Coast). There’s a ruined castle located here too that you can stroll around.
For something that feels quintessentially British, the beach at Dinard is easily reached from Dinan.
Cycling & Fishing
Dinan offers plenty for cyclists no matter what your pace or ability. The ‘voies vertes’ (green ways) network makes cycling along the old railway tracks and towpaths of the Rance valley a real pleasure, with Dinard and St. Malo both within relatively easy reach. Bicycles can be hired in Port de Dinan.
18 Rue de la Madeleine, 22100 Lanvallay
Tel: +33 (0)2 56 11 00 42
Also see: www.voiesvertes.com
Both the Rance and nearby coast provide ample opportunities for fishing. You’ll need a fishing permit and must observe the strict fishing conditions. Ask at the Tourist Office for details.
Rue du Cabaret des Oiseaux, 22100 Quévert
Tel: +33 (0)2 96 87 99 70 / +33 (0)6 79 21 36 20
No matter what level you play at, Brittany has a variety of good golf courses in some spectacular surroundings. The tourism office also has plenty of recommendations: www.brittanytourism.com/golf/
Established in 1887, Golf de Dinard is France’s second-oldest club and is steeped in history. It has everything you’d expect of a great links course of international renown.
Golf de Dinard
Boulevard de la Houle, 35800 Saint-Briac-sur-Mer
Tel: +33 (0)2 99 88 32 07
Bordering a forest and lake, this parkland course covers 250 acres and is thought to be the largest in Brittany. There’s also an appealing, nine-hole, par 36 course.
Domaine de Saint-Yvieux, 35540 Le Tronchet
Tel: +33 (0)2 99 58 96 69
This authentic links course rewards golfers with unforgettable views of the Emerald Coast. Nine holes run alongside Pen Guen beach, while nine others wind along the plateau above.
Golf de Saint-Cast
Route du Golf, 22380 Saint-Cast-le-Guildo
Tel: +33 (0)2 96 41 91 20
Great Activities for Children
Discover sharks and other inhabitants of the sea at the modern St. Malo Aquarium. You can also take a journey in the submersible Nautibus!
Grand Aquarium de Saint-Malo
Avenue du Général Patton, 35400 Saint-Malo
Tel: +33 (0)2 99 21 19 00
Cobac Parc is a small theme park set in 12 hectares of woodland near St. Malo that includes an aqua fun park, complete with various water slides and the ‘Super Crater’. The park also features a rollercoaster and pirate ship ride.
Tel: +33 (0)2 99 73 80 16
La Bourbansais is a highly rated zoological park set in the grounds of a chateau with beautiful gardens. The zoo has an emphasis on conservation and features lions, tigers, leopards, giraffes, monkeys and much more.
Château de la Bourbansais
Tel: +33 (0)2 99 69 40 07
Swimming & Tennis
There is a 25m public swimming pool, with a waterslide in the summer, about 5 minutes walk away in Léhon. Men will need to wear speedo trunks, (not swimming shorts), but there is a dispensing machine for these.
Piscine Les Pommiers
Rue du Bourg, 22100 Léhon
Tel: +33 (0)2 96 39 21 00
Approximately 10 minutes walk (past the bakers on the main street) up to Dinan is the Léhon Tennis Club. It has four indoor courts and one outdoor court, and costs approximately €14/hour for court hire.
Tennis Club de Léhon
Rue du Bas Bourgneuf, 22100 Léhon
Tel: +33 (0)2 96 39 95 31
Adventure & Watersports
Horizon Sport Nature organises a number of activities, including archery, climbing, mountain biking and sea kayaking.
Horizon Sport Nature
35430, Le Bourg, 35120 Mont-Dol
Tel: +33 (0)6 83 16 94 02
Open every day from February to November, the Saint-Jacut Water Sports Centre encourage you to try catamaran sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and sand yachting.
Club Nautique de Saint-Jacut
Z.A. Les Basses Terres,
Tel: +33 (0)2 96 27 79 13
Erquy Water Sports Centre invites you to go sailing, sand yachting, sea kayaking, windsurfing and paddle-boarding in Saint-Brieuc Bay, whatever the conditions.
Centre Nautique d’Erquy
Maison de la Mer, Rue du Port, 22430 Erquy
Tel: +33 (0)2 96 72 32 62
The region has numerous options for walking, and one of the most popular is along the towpath(s) to the scenic ‘Port de Dinan’. There are several routes, the easiest being to cross the small bridge opposite Val Rive and then turn immediately left and follow the canal path all the way to the small harbour. This route was closed for repairs for a while, but it has now reopened with a nice new footpath.
Alternatively, you can walk towards the port on the opposite side of the Rance. To do this, walk up the road to the Abbey of Lehon, go down the steps towards the swimming pool and you will find the path behind it. Follow the river until reaching the viaduct, cross the parking area, then down in the direction of the small, quaint bridge.
At the Port of Dinan you will find many restaurants and brasseries. Once refreshed, you might choose to walk up the pretty cobbled street of Rue Jerzual to the centre of Dinan. It’s a fairly steep uphill climb that passes through the old city walls before you reach the town centre. You could then return to Léhon via Chateau de Dinan, past Place Saint-Louis and down Rue Beaumanoir or Rue de Coetquen.
For a walk that covers more of the countryside, we recommend the trip around Taden (found in our ‘Activities & Tourist Attractions’ brochure) that’s suitable for all the family. Other organised walks of medium difficulty (2.5 – 3 hours long) can be arranged from Port de Dinan and Lanvallay.
For more beautiful one-day walks in Brittany, see: www.brittanytourism.com/nature-walks/