A couple of months ago, I visited the magical town of the medieval town of Dinan for the first (and so far, only) time. Ever since that one visit, I can’t stop raving about how beautiful it was.To my mum, to my friends, to the guy next to me on the bus; you get the idea!
Dinan really put a spell on me and I can’t return as soon as possible! If I’m honest, it’s got me wanting to book a room and stay in a Dinan hotel the next time I visit! With these postcards from Dinan, the quaint town is sure to capture your heart too!
Dinan is a fortified town in the Brittany region of France. Brittany itself is famed for its rugged landscape, quirky delicacies (such as the Kouign-Amann ) and breathtaking seascapes.
In many respects, Brittany doesn’t feel French at all, more like its own country. With its own customs, practices and traditions, Brittany has its own unique vibe and even has its own local language (asides from French): the Celtic Language of Breton. The reason for this is ver simple: Brittany only became a part of the French kingdom in the 16th century (1532). Prior to this, Brittany was its own kingdom!
What makes Dinan so magical?
Dinan has barely changed since the Middle Ages. In fact, it’s one of the best preserved medieval towns in France. As a result, stepping into Dinan is a little like stepping back in time.The fortified ramparts of Dinan may only be 1.8 miles long but what really holds you back from leaving is the sheer beauty of the town.
This rare example of a medieval town is made even more unique by its position of quite literally hanging on the side of a hill. This is rare in medieval towns which usually lie at the bottom of a valley or at the top of a hill. The strategic placement of Dinan has probably been a large contributing factor in its survival.
However, the real attraction of this gem in the Breton landscape is the main high street, Rue du Jeruzal, that winds down, past restaurants, café, shops and right down to the historic Dinan port (which lies on the River Rance).
Rue du Jerzual: the most medieval high street you’ll find in Brittany!
Rue du Jerzual is a steep high street connecting the top of the town to the bottom. All in all, the road covers a 75-metre gradient. If you’re looking for your next Instagram-worthy place to capture, then you need look no further! The iconic medieval street has been in use since at least the 13th century. Although no one is quite sure where the name comes from, it’s thought that it may derive from the old French word ‘Jarjual’ (meaning rue haute).