Dinan, a medieval town in France

  • October 31, 2018

Half-timbered houses and cobblestone street of Dinan,FranceHave you ever visited a real-life fairytale town? Ever wondered while watching those Disney films, if these towns do exist? I know I did, not only once. But each time I watch these movies. These Disney movies and fairytale stories had played a big role in my childhood days. I grew up with these movies. So when I went for a road trip to Europe with my friends, I found out that these fairytale towns do exist in real life. And one of these towns is Dinan, a Medieval town located in Brittany, Northwest France.

overlooking view of Dinan, FranceDuring planning our road trip, I went through our route. Saw the laid out route on a google map and one by one checked out the towns for our stopovers, and the towns will be passing by. One by one I searched about these towns and unexpectedly discovered a hidden gem in each one of them. With this post, we will focus on the Old town of Dinan.

Dinan half-timbered houses and cobblestone streetsWhen I searched about Dinan,  a bunch of photos pop-up. A photo of half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets, just like we usually saw in Disney films. I instantly fall in love with the town. Right there and then, I contact my friends and insist that we add Dinan to our stopover. I just can’t let this opportunity to see a real-life fairytale town to pass.


Here are some spots in Dinan you should check-out on your next visit.

A magnificent view of Dinan town from the top of Tour de I'Horloge

1| Tour Ste-Catherine

To get a magnificent view of the town’s viaduct and port, climb up to the top of a 16-m high tower. It’ll be tiring, but the view from above is all worth it.


Saint Catherine Chapel Dinan. France

2| Saint Catherine Chapel

A few walks away from Tour Ste-Catherine lies Saint Catherine Chapel.


Tour de I'hodloge

3| Tour de I’Horloge

The entire town of Dinan can be viewed from the top of Tour de I’Horloge, a 15th-century clock tower.

cobblestoned streets and half-timbered houses

4| Rue du Jerzual and Rue du Petit Fort

Cobblestoned streets lined with half-timbered houses.

Basilique St-Sauveur, Dinan France

5| Basilique St-Sauveur

This church contains the heart of the 14th-century knight, Bertrand du Guesclin.

We have limited time when we visit Dinan. So if there are places in Dinan that I did not mention in this blog post, please feel free to add them up on the comment section below. It will be a great help for people who are planning their visit to this beautiful town.

If you want to find out more about Dinan, visit this link here.

Dinan France Dinan an underated city in france


This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Your pictures are so wonderful! I love the architecture and the look of the roads. The Saint Catherine Chapel is awe inspiring, I could see myself real happy living in one of the upper floors in Tour de I’ Horloge or the Rue du Jerzual and Rue du Petit Fort. I imagine they have some great little shops.

  2. This seems like such a lovely place! and your pictures are extremely amazing!

  3. We love France but have only visit Paris. Would love to return to visit all of these little towns. It is gorgeous.

  4. That is pretty cool that there is a medieval town in France. I think I would find it intriguing to visit

  5. I love your photos! I can totally see them being the inspiration for Beauty and the Beast. I’ve never been to France, but this makes my desire to visit one day even stronger. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love your walking tour! Definitely seems like the best way to explore Dinan is by foot. And it’s totally Disney-esque!

  7. I’d love to visit France someday! Thank you for sharing!

  8. What a gorgeous town! I absolutely love your photos, they are so stunning. I 100% want to visit Dinan now.

  9. It looks beautiful, wanna go so bad ! Thanks for sharing some insights on where to go!

  10. This town truly looks like it is come out of a Fairytale! I would love to visit France one day 🙂

  11. I don’t think I’ve ever visited a town I would consider a fairytale town. However, this place definitely fits the bill!

  12. I also totally love your photos. so amazing and perfect use of natural lines.

  13. I would LOVE to visit this part of France someday!! Definitely putting this on my bucket list.

  14. Nice find, it’s right out of a Musketeers movie. What a wonderful picture of history.

  15. What a beautiful place. We really want to hire a car next summer and just travel around France finding places like this.

  16. I love your photos! I love the architecture and the look of the roads.

  17. The streets actually kind of remind me of some small towns in England. But that church! AMazing. Need to visit.

  18. Wow…. this is a beautiful post with some breathtakingly gorgeous photos! I would love to visit here and will have to add it to my bucket list 🙂

  19. I don’t think we have ever been to Dinan although we have spent lots of time exploring Brittany. It’s such a wonderful part of the world with so much to discover.

  20. oh my, what an absolutely stunning town. I would love to visit there one day. it’s a change from seeing the modern side of france

  21. This looks amazing! Thanks so much for info! @momalwaysknows

  22. I think one of my favorite parts of living in Europe is exploring the smaller towns like this. It’s truly amazing to see Europe at my own place and discover places like this.

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