Postcard from Dinan and The Pink Granite Coast in Brittany
It’s not the time to travel right now, but that doesn’t stop us dreaming or reminiscing. Whilst we’re staying at home more often than we have perhaps ever before, it’s a great time to plan our future travels. Carmen has been thinking back to her trip to Saint Malo and the Pink Granite Coast and shared these wonderful photos as a reminder of how beautiful Brittany is.
The Pink Granite Coast in Brittany
The Côte de Granit Rose or Pink Granite Coast, is the stunning coastline which stretches along the Côtes d’Armor in northern Brittany, from Plestin-les-Grèves to Louannec, including Trégastel. The coastline gets its name from the colour of the rocks which have a pink hue to them.
Dinan, One of The Prettiest Towns in Brittany
Along the way there are so many beautiful towns and villages to stop by for lunch to enjoy a stroll or a lazy cup of coffee or glass of wine. One of the prettiest towns has to be Dinan, pictured here. As well as having a very attractive port, many of the old stone houses, which line the quayside have been transformed into waterside restaurants and chandlers’ shops.
A Quaint Town Full of Half-Timbered Houses
The steep cobbled hill of Rue du Petit-Fort with its half-timbered houses used to be Dinan’s main point of access until the 18th century. These days you will find arts and crafts shops and cute little artisan ateliers occupied by artists, sculptors, engravers, bookbinders and even glassblowers. In fact Dinan has been designated a “Ville d’Art et d’Histoire “(Town of Art and History) and is a fascinating place to visit.
Thirsty Street in The Old Town
Wander around the quaint narrow streets and don’t forget to stop off in the pedestrianised tree of Rue de la Cordonnerie, just off the Place des Merciers, where you’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re looking for a drink! It’s known as ‘thirsty street’ and boasts a total of nine bars!
A Bowl Of Mussels
Don’t leave the town without stopping off for a meal. The region is well known for its delightful fresh seafood, straight from the sea, so pop into one of the many restaurants for a bowl of “moules” or a plate of fish – or one of the many other specialities of the area.
If you haven’t considered a trip to Brittany before, maybe it’s time to explore this beautiful region around Dinan and the Cote de Granit Rose.
Carmen is a Zurich based photographer, specialising in people and pet portraits
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