Brittany from the Aquarium

After Coutainville, Granville and Mont St. Michel we took a scenic coastal road  towards fashionable Dinard. Dinard and its Hotel Castelbrac were our base to explore this northern part of the coast of Brittany which led us to St. Malo (just across Dinard), Cancale and Dinan. Camellia in blossom, villas on the cliffs, impressive murky waters and extraordinary food – that’s how I would describe this few days in this part of France – and Castelbrac has it all!

Castelbrac is a beautiful small hotel which offers great views, great service and great food.

Motives of aquarium , fish, sea, and bright colors are all over…

What impressed me the most was the food. In particular, I loved the presentation of our Easter dinner desert in Le Pourquoi Pas Restaurant!

If you are anywhere close to Dinard, I would definetly recommend to have dinner at le Restaurant le Coquillage, near Cancale. If there is no time for this institution then try to make a stop for a cake at the tearoom/cafe in upper Canacale called Grain de Vanille, another great place curated by the famous chef Olivier Roelinger.

The location of our hotel was amazing! Right on the sea with a magnificent view of St. Malo in the distance. I recommend a walk along the Prieuré Bay. Apparently,  Alfred Hitchcock who was a regular visitor of Dinard, based the house used in his most famous movie Psycho on a villa standing over the Plage de l’Écluse, which is nearby.

Finally, it would be a shame not to take a 20 minutes ride to small towns of Dinan and Cancale and enjoy the views, admire old buildings and churches, or just take it easy in lovely cafes.