Dinard is a coastal resort much renowned amidst Brits. The town is located along the Emerald Coast where Saint-Malo and Cancale are also situated. Dinard is separated from Saint-Malo by the Rance estuary. This town is the 4th agglomeration of the department with 25,000 inhabitants. Like Saint-Malo, Dinard has a fast access to the Channel Islands (15 minutes through the neighbouring airport, 1h by boat).
The town is easily accessible through the high-speed train line (less than 3 hours to reach Paris) and thanks to (toll-free) motorways. Dinard was a simple fishermen’s village before the arrival of the British during the late 19th century. They really contributed to the development of the area by building holiday cottages and grand villas. Dinard then developed very quickly and became a trendy coastal resort famous in the whole of Europe until the 1930s, when the French Riviera began to be renowned.
Dinard is definitely a holiday town. It has many assets such as its several beaches, casino, charming seafront, many refined gardens and sport and leisure facilities. The town resembles in fact the coastal resorts you can find on the English southern coast such as Southend-on-Sea, Hastings or Brighton. Dinard is often simply described as an elegant town.
Prices in Dinard are very high, almost extortionate: €3,644 / square metre on average. It is true that there are many villas in the coastal resort and that it is difficult to find a modest property in the area. Prices seem to go down slightly this year, which will open new opportunities for prospective buyers. More accessible goods are ancient 3-room apartments, with average prices / m2 being around €2,630. New-build apartments and studio flats are much dearer with €3,740 /sq m.
Many villas are listed as architectural, cultural and historical gems, which uphold the market in the area. As said previously, Dinard is an ideal sea resort but does not develop its Breton roots as much as other towns in the region. It is in fact much more British - culturally, at least - than it is Breton. So if you are in search of very traditional houses and Breton lifestyle, you may do a more clever choice by choosing Saint Malo instead of Dinard.
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Dinard has a lot to offer to its inhabitants:
Culture, art and historical heritage: Originally, Dinard was part of the parish of St-Enogat. In the late 19th century, the resort became popular with the British wealthy who built magnificent villas on the coast. Dinard rapidly expanded and became the most popular seaside resort in Europe.Today, Dinard is considered the one of the most "British" of sea resorts in France, however it has retained its French charm.
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