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Southern France often attracts a lot of attention for its beautiful views along the Mediterranean coast, but the northern part of the country, which boarders the Atlantic Ocean, has plenty to offer in its own right. If your tour of France takes you north, make sure to visit the small town of Dinard. While it's home to just over 10,000 people, its breathtaking scenery and seaside charm will leave a lasting impression long after you've returned home.
The most appealing aspect of Dinard is how easy it is to get around, as settling into a relaxing afternoon strolling around the Atlantic coast is easy. This certainly the case along the Promenade du Clair de Lune. The stretch offers unrivaled views of the coastline while also serving as an unofficial tour of some of the most impressive Victorian villas you're likely to find.
Of course, you'd be remiss if you didn't take the advantage of one of the many beautiful beaches located in Dinard. There are many options to choose from, but the largest and most popular is undoubtedly Plage de l'Ecluse. During the summer months, this beach attracts its fair share of visitors, and it's easy to see why. Aside from the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic, Plage de l'Ecluse is also located a short distance from a bustling boardwalk complete with vendors, bars and restaurants.
Even if you don't get to Dinard during the summer, the town still has plenty to offer. Most notably, it hosts an annual film festival each October dedicated to British cinema. Dinard's relaxed seaside atmosphere is the perfect setting for the event, which has been held for more than 20 years.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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