Best kept secret in the coastal region of Brittany
History of Dinan
Dinan is located in the region of Brittany, France. It is located on the River Rance and off the coast of the English Channel. The town itself is only 1.5 square miles. Dinan's population is currently about 11,000 strong. Its people have strong ties to Great Britain given the fact that the people of this region once hailed from there. In 1491 Princess Anne of the Brittany region was forced to marry the French King and Brittany officially became part of France. There are two main languages spoken here: French and Breton.
La Fête de Remparts: juillet 2016
This is a medieval celebration that takes place every even year in July over two days. People come from all around to watch the parade, jousting competitions, medieval markets and open-air dances.
Les Bretons (the people of Brittany)
Dinan's economy is driven by markets and small industry, mostly food and electronics. Tourism is also important to this town. Although one can hear celtic music often drifting through the streets, it was only in the late 1980's when the ban on this music was lifted. Until recently if a child was christened with a celtic name, their french citizenship would be revoked. In fact, many of the people here are naturally red haired and freckled.