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Help us with our Dinan stay and timing

We will be staying in Mont St. Michel overnight, and exploring it first thing in the morning. My husband and I then hope to tour St Malo, Dinard, Cancale, and possibly Cap Frehel, Erquy, etc. Will we have time for this if we spend 2 nights in Dinan.And we're looking for suggestions for a nice place to stay in Dinan--something with charm, but not necessarily the "Ritz". While you're at it, any dinner recommendations in Dinan? Hope we're not asking too much. Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Help us with our Dinan stay and timing

Well it sounds wildly ambitious.This area of France, like most if not all of France, should be explored leisurely and not at a frantic pace. However it does depend on the time of year you are going, since the Erquy area is mainly seaside resorts so not really worth going to unless the weather is suitably warm and dry. Cap Frehel and Fort la Latte are worth a visit though. It is a personal opinion, but I would not bother too much with Cancale unless you are very fond of oysters. You will also need some time to explore Dinan itself, probably a whole day, so you either need to extend your stay or decide on "must sees".

Can't help with accommodation I'm afraid.

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Firstly, Happy New Year, and thank you for your response.

I neglected to write that we're going mid-May---I don't know what that means weather-wise in that part of Brittany.

Also, I was wondering if St. Malo is worth going to if we're crunched for time. I've frequently read that it's very touristy.

I appreciate anything else you can advise. Thanks again.

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Mid-May will be a lucky dip for the weather it could be very changeable.

St. Malo demands at least half a day, it is very touristy but still a pleasant place to spend a little time.

Cancale is little more than a collection of restaurants although several have excellent seafood.

Cap Frehel is a must see, you could couple a trip there with a visit to the wonderful beach at Sable D'Or les Pins.

If you are staying oveernight in Mont St. Michel then you will have seen the whole thing, there is little to see there and personally I think an hour or two is more than enough to see the whole thing. The best thing is the photo opportunity on the approach.

If I could recommend the Manoir de Rigourdaine at Plouer sur Rance as a base to stay in. It is about halfway between Dinard and Dinan (about 15 minutes) and it is in a great setting with excellent views. I stayed there and travelled to Dinan ost nights for my dinner

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Happy new year to you too, and to everyone on TA!!

The weather in this part of the world is similar to the UK - almost entirely unpredictable!! This year for example April and October have been the best months! But if it is fine, then go to the resorts by all means - they are very pleasant and well provided with cafes and restaurants. St-Cast-le-Guildo is one of the larger resorts, and Pleneuef-val-Andre and Erquy, as well as Sables-d'or-les-Pins have excellent beaches.

I agree with Chris - half a day in St Malo would be fine, and also consider Dinard where you can lunch outside overlooking the beach if the weather's fine.

I also agree with the sentiments about Mont St Michel -well worth seeing but inside is grossly over commercialised and I didn't stay long!

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We stayed at the Logis du Jeruzal in Dinan this past

summer and really enjoyed it. Definitely not the Ritz, but really nicely refurbished old building that houses the B&B rooms hanging right over the steep pedestrian-only street leading up to the medieval heart of the city. Even though it rained for 2 days straight it was a really special spot. Do a search in the Tripadvisor reviews--there are many very positive reviews.

You can check it out at www.logis-du-jerzual.com

Send me a separate email if you want to see a few photos of the place.

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We just returned from spending 9 days in France, including one night in Dinan. We loved Dinan and wished we had planned to stay longer. We stayed at the Hotel Le Challonge. We had booked a triple and it actually ended up being two rooms. My daughter's

adjoining room was very large with two twin beds, a very large closet, desk and TV. Our room was a little smaller, but had the bathroom in it. It was

a great location. We had lunch at Creperie Du Puits, 18 rue de la Poissonnerie and the Noix de St. Jacques sur fondue was delicious, as were the crepes.

We ate dinner at L'Auberge du Pelican, 3, rue Haute

Voie. I had a four course scallop special that was very good. I would definitely not hesitate to recommend both restaurants and the hotel. You will love it there!

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