Camping in Ille-et-Vilaine, France
16 in France, Brittany, Ille-et-Vilaine
Dominated by an imposing feudal castle, this is a small old town that is arguably better known than its features merit. Châteaubriand, the great Romantic writer, lived here for a while.
Across the estuary of the River Rance from St Malo and in direct contrast. In the 19th century, Dinard became a fashionable resort, and its reputation rivalled that of Brighton. Many of its splendid hotels no longer exist though elegant villas remain, which give a clue as to its former glory years. Modern-day Dinard is a small resort with an excellent beach, fine views and pleasant parks.
This is the administrative and cultural capital of Brittany. Its main sights include the Palais de Justice, the former Breton parliament building and the 27-acre Thabor gardens. Take to time to wander the pleasant streets, lined with boutiques, and admire the centre's mediaeval gabled houses.