Dinard is most popular, and therefore at its busiest, in the peak season of May to August, with numbers decreasing in September. The sunny weather attracts many visitors and locals to the city during the summer holidays to enjoy days of relaxing on the beach, basking in the sun and cooling off in the sea. Temperature-wise, highs average around 22C in July and August, with the colder weather beginning in November. Winters are generally mild to cool at an average of 5 degrees Celsius. Due to the drop in temperature in winter it is a great time to benefit from cheap flights to Dinard.
If beach holidays aren’t your thing, visit in the first week of October when Dinard lives up to its silver screened reputation through the annual Festival of British Cinema. But the summer is the time to visit, with art exhibitions, firework displays and music festivals taking hold between June and August.
A cosy seaside town in the Ille-et-Vilaine department of Brittany, Dinard has been attracting visitors for centuries, and with Dinard–Pleurtuit–Saint-Malo Airport just 2.4 miles (4 km) away, today the town sees holidaymakers from across the world make the pilgrimage to its shores. And not without reason; Dinard boasts excellent beaches, as well as a healthy population of fine restaurants and local bars, all underpinned by some of the best hotels in northern France. Actress, Joan Collins is a frequent visitor, as were Picasso and Winston Churchill. It is due to this star-studded guest list that Dinard has been crowned, ‘Cannes of the North’.
But the most prominent draw is the town’s beaches, all of which are sandy, clean and expansive, and fronted by stunning Belle Époque villas. The main beach is the sprawling Plage de l’Écluse, closely followed by the Plage du Prieuré. The city’s third beach is Saint-Énogat, but all are equally as popular and equally as busy. Away from the beaches, attractions include a casino and restaurant complex, while the nearby towns of Saint-Briac-sur-Mer and Saint-Lunaire are home to large golf courses. Alternatively, grab your board and head for the beach of Longchamp and discover why surfers throughout Brittany hail it as a paradise.
Looking further afield, but sure to visit the ancient walled city of Saint-Malo, located only 10 miles (16 km) away. The town contains many sites of interest, including the château of Saint-Malo, Cathedral of St. Vincent and Solidor Tower, with the entire spectacle worth a glance due to its uniquely medieval feel.
Dinard is served by an excellent and reliable bus service, with both single and return fares available. Alternatively, due to its intimate size, Dinard is ideal to explore on foot or on a rented bicycle.
Dinard–Pleurtuit–Saint-Malo Airport (DNR) operates services throughout the year, with some seasonal routes on offer as well. There is no public transport connection to Dinard from the airport, but private hire taxis are available, as is car rental. A shuttle runs to Saint-Malo after every flight, from where you can catch a connecting service onto Dinard.