Monday 18 September 2017, 11:12


An important crossroads between Normandy and the north coast of Brittany, Dinan is home to around 10,000 inhabitants in the Cotes d'Armor département. Much of the town stands 75m up on a hill, which provides an elevated viewpoint on the Rance, a river on the Breton side which flows north into the English Channel between Saint-Malo and Dinard.

In many ways, Dinan is the archetypal Breton town. Blessed with a miniature port, fortifications and narrow medieval streets, it is a destination teeming with art and history – best savoured by visitors with time to explore its charms. Those include the Saint-Sauveur basilica and the neighbourhood around the Place des Merciers and Place des Cordeliers, not to mention a castle built between the 13th and 16th centuries, and the longest ramparts in Brittany.

There is much to enjoy as well in Lehon, Dinan's smaller sibling around 2km away. Teeming with character, Lehon has conserved its historical and religious roots, which reflect this small town's importance during medieval times. Visitors are sure to appreciate Lehon's stone houses, along with the gardens of the Saint-Magloire abbey – first built in the ninth century – and the restored towers and curtain walls of the local castle.

Football Local side Dinan Lehon FC were founded fairly recently in 1989 and have yet to hit the headlines on a national scale. Currently operating in National 3 – France's fifth tier – their greatest claim to fame was a valiant French Cup run in 2015, when they reached the last 32 after knocking out Ligue 2 hopefuls Angers. Their adventure was promptly ended in the following round as they lost 3-0 away to Breton outfit Guingamp.