Dinan

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Could it be that the brave heart of Du Guesclin ‘The Eagle of Brittany’ - the 14th Century military knight – lies beating in the Saint-Sauveur basilica? We may never know, but what we do know is that the Côtes-d’Armor area of Brittany has its finger on the pulse, and perhaps never more so than in the evenings along Dinan’s rue de la Soif .

Enjoy a brisk walk along the banks of the River Rance at Dinan, then climb the stairs to the top of the 45 metre high Tour de l’horloge (Clock Tower) and you’ll be ready for a drink and a bite to eat! Dinan is certainly the place to quench a thirst or fill a hungry belly with fine food and perhaps loosen a notch or three on your belt! Within these medieval town walls that overlook the town’s 11,000 inhabitants there are plenty of great places to eat and drink alongside the locals. Dinan is at the crossroads of Brittany and Normandy and straddles the wide Rance estuary. It’s a lively place with a fantastic atmosphere! The main street through the town is the rue de la Soif (Thirst Street) though its real name is rue de la Cordonnerie (Shoemakers’ Street). It’s no longer a badly-lit street lined with timber houses and swarming with villains as it was several centuries ago! The bars and pubs ply their trade here nowadays and you’ll be putting your feet up, well-shod or otherwise!