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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Nord

Northern Commune, Bray-Dunes is the northernmost resort of France. Bordered by dunes, which gave him his name, and the North Sea, the city border of Belgium and is located about fifteen kilometers from the city of Dunkirk.

Founded in the late nineteenth century by a Dunkirk shipowner Alphonse Bray, who gave his name to the city, this ancient hamlet today still enjoys a magnificent natural heritage, especially because of its coastline and its marine heritage, rest of the families who embarked once for Iceland.

Highlighted by Hugo Pratt in one of his adventures of Corto Maltese, or by Alain Souchon in his song The Kiss, Bray-Dunes still today attracts many tourists eager to discover its charms.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude51.0708830 (N 51° 4’ 15”)
Longitude2.5248250 (E 2° 31’ 29”)
Surface area8.57 km²
Population4668 inhabitants
Density544 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLille (75 km, 1h07)
Insee code59107
IntercommunalityCU de Dunkerque

Nearest cities & towns

Zuydcoote2.8 km (4 min)
Ghyvelde2.8 km (5 min)
Leffrinckoucke6.7 km (12 min)
Les Moëres7.5 km (10 min)
Uxem7.9 km (10 min)
Téteghem11.8 km (15 min)
Malo-les-Bains12 km (16 min)
Hondschoote15.1 km (16 min)
Coudekerque-Village15.7 km (20 min)
Coudekerque-Branche15.8 km (17 min)
Hoymille16.5 km (22 min)
Dunkerque17.3 km (18 min)
Killem17.6 km (20 min)

Things to see and do

If Bray-Dunes is a small town, it nevertheless does not lack wealth, whether natural, architectural or cultural.

It is the land of welcome, with Zuydcoote, the famous nature reserve Dune Marchand. Classified in 1974, protects one of the dunes of Flanders, while the highlighting. One can appreciate it more than 300 species of plants, such as orchids or Alder and many species of animals, reptiles to birds. The reserve is also a breeding place of the famous calf underwater seal. It is possible to make beautiful walks through the trails. Nearby, the Dune du Perroquet has a wild dune massif of 250 hectares protected.

Symbol of the maritime history of Bray-Dunes, the plight of marine surprised by the size of his cross, which is eleven meters high. It overlooks the sea, and reminds passers memory the heavy price paid by seafarers and their families to the sea. Various hiking trails, whose circuits are sold at the Tourist Office, will lead.

Walking through the streets of Bray-Dunes, the architecture of the early nineteenth century strikes the eye. The villas located on the dunes by the sea recall the flourishing age of the resort where the industry came to afford a second home.

Bray-Dunes was marked by the Second World War, including Operation Dynamo between May and June 1940. A reading table, situated opposite the wrecks of the Crested Eagle and Devonia, commemorates the events. At low tide, the British boats with wheels are revealed.

The old station Bray-Dunes, now disused, still worth a visit. It was once used to bring tourists on the coast.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Very attached to the culture, the city of Bray-Dunes offers a great cultural season throughout the year. Regularly, concerts, shows, plays or tales readings are organized for young and old.

The municipal library often organizes fun and interesting exhibitions. In September, the city opened a portion of its monuments to the public with the European Heritage Days.

From late September to early October it is possible to have fun at the fair with rides, an opportunity to spend some time in a charming carnival.

Sport is no exception to Bray-Dunes with the organization of 6h rosalies on the beach in September and the championship coastal archers in the same period.

Regularly, guided tours nature of the different dunes of the city are offered by the Tourist Office Bray-Dunes.

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Flight in a two-seat microlight
Sports sensations60 € to 100 € Longuenesse (43 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Around Sainte-Mildrède
HikeEasy2h10Volckerinckhove (30 km)
Discovery trail around the town of Cassel
Village visitEasy1h30Cassel (30 km)
In the heart of the Battle
HikeEasy3h20Noordpeene (31 km)
Godewaersvelde, Heritage Village
HikeEasy2h00Godewaersvelde (32 km)
Booneghem Circuit
HikeEasy2h00Nieurlet (36 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals