Located in the Nord-Pas de Calais on the Opal Coast, halfway between Calais and Dunkerque, Gravelines, fortified city rebuilt by Vauban, governor in 1706, is part of the Metropolitan Area "Dunkerque Grand Littoral" and belongs to the group of seven municipalities that make up the "Rives de l'Aa.
City average of 13 000 inhabitants, Gravelines has a rich and diverse heritage.
Its beach, marina and hiking trails offer vast opportunities for discovery of the territory.
Boat trip: Vauban Pier Promenade, walking in electric boats, rowboats, pedal boats to or guided tours.
Range: Cabins, Biblio beach, Cyber Beach, Point kid (beach club, playground, trampoline).
Visits to the city with an audio guide.
Hiking trails around the fortifications.
Many water activities.
Sports Complex "Sportica" (swimming pool, roller skating, bowling, cinema ...).
April: The Days of the Euro-regional Fortified towns, many events in the heart of the city and visits to see the fortifications otherwise.
In May: The Sailing Festival: many activities for the whole family on the theme of water and sea Meet at Parc des Rives of Aa and La Digue Petit Fort Philippe.
In June, July and August: a date, a garden, a concert Gravelines gardens open their doors on a few musical notes. Free concert.
Late August: Sound and Light. The 300 "Troubadours Gravelingues" lead you through the history of its walls ... Fortifications required by the Counts of Flanders in the Middle Ages to ward off the northern barbarians ...
In September: Heritage Days.
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
Visit Bourboug. Discover prison Bourbourg the carillon and the work of Anthony Caro "The chorus of light".
The Chorus of Light: monumental complex consisting of 15 sculptures, created by British artist Anthony Caro for the choir restored Gothic church Saint-Jean-Baptiste Bourbourg. Meeting with exceptional contemporary art, architecture, heritage and sacred.
The carillon: After years of silence, the bells of the church Saint-Jean-Baptiste pace of new days of Bourbougeois. Containing 50 bells, the instrument automatically animated or in the hands of the carillon. To date, it is one of the most beautiful bells in the world.
Prison: Classed as a historical monument, this building served as a prison from the 16th century, it also includes housing the jailer, the cells and dungeons of prisoners. A unique and authentic place that makes you plunge into the prison of the past.
Museums and Sea Rescue in Grand-Fort-Philippe: Situated along the channel of Aa, these small museums carry you at the time of fishing cod fishery in Iceland. With many models and Archives, you learn the daily life of seafarers in the 19th and 20th centuries, and you climb aboard the old lifeboat.
Museum of Traditional Games in Loon-Plage: Housed in an old farmhouse, this museum, you will discover these traditional games invented by our ancestors. Through exposure and introductions to various games, apprehend a part of our heritage in a fun way.
Natural Reserve of Platier Oye: It is situated on the coast near the town of Oye-Plage between Calais and Dunkerque and stops on the left bank of the estuary of the Aa Pas-de-Calais. The dune environment of Platier of Goose presents a diversity of important habitats in a relatively small area (beach and foreshore, dunes, mudflats and wet grasslands). The Coastal Protection has acquired since 1979, more than 200 hectares of lands in this reservation. The development of grazing cows and ponies Highland maintains the grassland which are conducive to some species of migratory birds rest there and breed. To maintain the recent polder area, water bodies have been dug supporting the stationing of many species of ducks.
Storytelling walks on the banks of the Aa in July and August in Grand-Fort-Philippe and Bourbourg.