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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Nord

Destination both seaside, nautical and festive Dunkerque welcomes you with open arms. Third port of France, the first French seaport of the North Sea, Dunkerque is a haven, a tourist destination in the unusual beauty. At the heart of a remarkable dunes, the sandy beaches stretch out of sight on dozens of kilometers, they are bordered by 600 acres of beautifully preserved dunes where the fauna and flora flourish freely and where l 'oyat undulates in the wind.

The carnival is the flagship of the traditional territory.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude51.0345600 (N 51° 2’ 4”)
Longitude2.3752019 (E 2° 22’ 31”)
Surface area37.34 km²
Population92510 inhabitants
Density2477 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLille (79 km, 55 min)
Insee code59183
IntercommunalityCU de Dunkerque

Nearest cities & towns

Malo-les-Bains3 km (8 min)
Coudekerque-Branche4.6 km (10 min)
Cappelle-la-Grande5.1 km (10 min)
Leffrinckoucke5.9 km (13 min)
Grande-Synthe7.2 km (11 min)
Téteghem-Coudekerque-Village7.5 km (11 min)
Bergues9.5 km (14 min)
Zuydcoote9.8 km (14 min)
Bierne10.2 km (17 min)
Armbouts-Cappel10.4 km (14 min)
Hoymille12.3 km (18 min)
Loon-Plage12.9 km (16 min)
Spycker12.9 km (15 min)

Things to see and do

Dunkerque has two belfries classified as World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The Belfry St. Eloi can be visited all year.

The Port Museum has a rich collection of maritime history of the territory.

The Museum of Fine Arts and the WVA (Museum of Contemporary Art) are treasures to explore.

Visits the harbor by boat, "dinner cruises" you will discover a port in the heart of its business.

The beach is full of water sports such as kite-surfing, sand yachting, windsurfing, catamaran sailing.

Labeled "Family Plus", the destination Dunkerque Dunes of Flanders invites families to enjoy the many proposals for sports, leisure and culture. Information for Tourist Office on +33 3 28 66 79 21.

Guided tours: rides Dunkerque or Malo-les-Bains at the seaside are guided above all greedy to hope. Discover the beauty secret of Dunkerque.

The city center, with over 400 shops offering a wide selection, including local specialties and gourmet flavors. It is nice to stroll.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Festive gourmet ... art de vivre Dunkerque. The famous Carnival leads annually from January to March, the whole city in a real joy. A whirlwind of happiness, music, popular songs, of camaraderie and horseplay among the most unexpected guises. A gentle madness not to be missed! Good living, be home here! Enjoy regional dishes made with fish or fried mussels become an institution!

Detailed information

Dunkirk Carnival
A big popular festival whose centrepiece is a herring-throwing event!February 2017


Friday 28 october
Min. 15°C - Max. 15°C
Saturday 29 october
Min. 15°C - Max. 15°C
Sunday 30 october
Min. 15°C - Max. 15°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The Palace of The Universe and Science (The MOST) in Cappelle la Grande is over 4000 square meters devoted to life sciences, Earth and Universe and Man in his environment. All brought together to make your visit a memorable one. Embark on a journey that takes you the first moments of the Big Bang to the present day, immerse yourself under the starry sky of the planetarium and enjoy the workshops of scientific practice.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Flight in a two-seat microlight
Sports sensations60 € to 100 € Longuenesse (35 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Around Sainte-Mildrède
HikeEasy2h10Volckerinckhove (22 km)
In the heart of the Battle
HikeEasy3h20Noordpeene (25 km)
Discovery trail around the town of Cassel
Village visitEasy1h30Cassel (27 km)
Booneghem Circuit
HikeEasy2h00Nieurlet (28 km)
Vert Bocage Circuit
Village visitEasy3h15Staple (32 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals