Dinard, in the department of Ille et Vilaine, is at the centre of the Emerald Coast which runs from St Malo to Cap Frehel - so named because of the brilliant colour of its seas.

Dinard was, during the 19th and early 20th century, one of the preferred holiday destinations of the English upper classes, and this is reflected in the splendidly eccentric architecture of the villas they had built here, where Sunnyside rubs shoulders with Monplaisir.

The town still has links with Britain - there is a British film festival every October.

Between Dinard and its neighbour, St Malo, lies the narrow straight called the Rance. Here the road crosses a barrage taking advantage of the tidal differences to generate electricity.


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