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The old town of Dinan, although often referred to in conjunction with Dinard, is a different kettle of fish entirely. Dinan is a lovely medieval citadel with 13th century ramparts and 15th century half timbered houses.

The town's best angle can be seen from the River Rance, where the magnitude of the fortifications and castle are fully appreciated. All the interesting things are within the walls in the old town, whose epicentre is the place des Cordeliers and place des Merciers. The Dinan tourist office is at 6 rue de l'Horloge (02 96 39 75 40) and they can provide you with a good map and guide to the town.

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The modern part of town, centred around the place Duclos, is rather less jolly than the old town. The Art Deco gare SNCF and the gare routière are on the place 11 Novembre. As for accommodation, Dinan caters for the low or the high budget, but not particularly for the mid range. Nonetheless, there are excellent, discerningly decorated rooms available at the D'Avaugor at 1 place du Champ (02 96 39 07 49) for €85 100; a quaint location (inaccessible by car) at the Logis du Jerzual, 25 27 rue du Petit Fort (02 96 85 46 54) for €55 70; or lower budget rooms at the Hotel du Théatre, 2 rue Ste Claire (02 96 39 06 91) for €30 40.

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Unlike some towns, Dinan does not boast an up to the minute aquarium or museum packed with local interest; the town is its own star attraction. In particular, the rue du Jerzual and the rue du Petit Fort are delightful, with steep, cobbled streets with a plethora of shops, cafes and galleries to keep you occupied for hours. The place des Merciers is the place to be if you hanker over half timbered houses. From the nearby 15th century Tour de l'Horloge you can get a good view of the town for €2.50. The Basilique St Sauveur is a mixture of architecture from different periods, including nine Gothic chapels, a Romanesque porch and 18th century steeple. Down the hill to the port du Dinan you will find numerous artisans' shops and quaint restaurants.

Le Cantorbery (presumably named after Thomas of Canterbury, the English knight defeated by the rather self important local hero Bertrand du Guesclin) at 6 rue Ste Claire (02 96 39 02 52) has a good €21 menu in an old house setting, but Chez La Mère Pourcel at 3 place des Merciers (02 96 39 03 80) outclasses it in terms of both setting and food, for another €7 or so. Opposite is the Creperie Connetable at 1 rue de l'Apport, or there is a decent pizzeria called Le Myrian at 3 rue du Port (02 96 87 93 36) with a terrace and pizzas from €7.