France in our motorhome

Beautiful Dinan & St Malo

Dinan, Brittany

Dinan is known for its medieval ramparts, cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses. Add in a 14th-century castle and keep, a 15th century artillery tower, a magnificent Gothic style church as well as shops, cafes and great restaurants and you have a fabulous holiday destination to visit in your motorhome or camper.

Where to stay with a motorhome in Dinan?

There is overnight parking for motorhomes and campers near the river on an official camping ‘Aire’ (no facilities) but we decided to stay at the municipal campsite in Dinan, which is only a pleasant 10 minute walk to the centre of Dinan old town. It’s a basic site with 51 grass pitches, some of which are sloping. On the plus side there are plenty of fresh water taps. I always love a nearby fresh water tap!

Dinan municipal campsite

What to see in Dinan

The centre of Dinan is mostly a pedestrian zone so you can easily wander through the streets of the old town of Dinan. The Gothic church is worth a visit as well as a walk down what must be the longest and steepest cobbled road I have ever seen. This steep road leads down to the river where you will find waterfront restaurants and plenty of boats moored; it is definitely worth the effort. Just don’t think about the long slog back up!

Dinan waterfront
Dinan castle

The walls and keep of Dinan’s 14th-century castle are incredibly well preserved and circle almost all of the old town of Dinan. There is a museum and, for a fee, you can walk on the castle walls.

It’s a joy to walk through the streets of Dinan and, of course, you will find plenty of cafes and restaurants. Look out for the local food speciality, the Galette – a savoury pancake – and very tasty too!

A Traditional Sausage Galette
The river at Dinan

On to amazing St Malo

The walled town of St Malo is one of our favourite destinations in France. It’s worth spending a few days in St Malo before catching the ferry to Portsmouth. We like to stay at Parking Saint-Malo Feval which costs 7.50 Euros a night. It’s a huge car park with a service point over the road and it also has the bonus of one free shuttle bus ride to St Malo old town per stay.

St Malo, France

What to see in St Malo

St Malo is a beautiful walled town made of granite and was once a stronghold for pirates. The highlight is a walk on the high walls and you get spectacular views of the town, the surprisingly good beaches and of the many small islands out to sea. The town itself is full of restaurants and shops and for a top quality meal I can highly recommend the Lion D’or but the choice of restaurants is amazing and many specialise in sea food.

Cafe Lion D’or, St Malo

As you sail out of St Malo on the ferry you will see many interesting islands including Jersey and the last leg of the journey into Portsmouth gives you a birds eye view of the city of Portsmouth including HMS Victory and you might also be lucky enough to see one of the UK’s new aircraft carriers – we were!

Portsmouth
HMS Victory in Portsmouth
HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth
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