Anyone thinking of visiting the Brittany coast can easily get there via flights to Dinard. Every day, direct flights leave London Stansted for the picturesque French resort, which shares an airport with the port of Saint Malo. From there, it's easy to head to popular towns and rural retreats for a relaxing break.
The only airport in the Dinard area is Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport (generally shortened to Dinard Airport). While it's shared by Saint Malo, the airport is much closer to Dinard. Visitors will touch down three miles from the seafront, and shuttle buses will be there to meet every flight. Expect a transfer time of 20 to 25 minutes at most, or pick up the keys to private vehicles from numerous rental outlets.
When flying to Dinard, passengers won't have many choices. Ryanair is the only operator currently serving routes to the airport from the UK, and the budget airline offers regular connections from London Stansted Airport, as well as seasonal services from the East Midlands.
There are a number of reasons to fly to Dinard. For one thing, Brittany is tucked away in north-western France, so it can been tricky to reach without a plane. Visitors from across the Channel could take ferries to Saint-Malo or Le Havre, but boats take over 4 hours, while flights are much faster. In fact, travellers can get from London to Dinard in 1 hour 15 minutes – and be just a few minutes from the promenade when they land. Additionally, budget flights are often cheaper than ferries and trains, which will generally need to connect via Paris, adding even more time to the journey.
Dinard is a compact, attractive resort which has been popular for well over 100 years with British visitors. Getting around isn't hard, but renting bicycles is recommended. That way, visitors can reach beaches like the Plage de l'Ecluse or nearby towns like Saint-Lunaire, and hopping across to Saint Malo is also on the cards. Attractions abound in the area, from the aforementioned beaches, to the historic Château de St-Malo and the tomb of the writer and statesman Chateaubriand. Exceptional seafood restaurants are everywhere, so foodies will be in heaven, while Cobac Parc is a superb water park, allowing the whole family to cool off.