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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Nord

Dunkirk - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Nord

Third port in France and hometown of the famous privateer Jean Bart, Dunkerque boasts a rich maritime history. The port museum, situated in a former tobacco warehouse, presents the history of the port of Dunkirk. Three boats can also be visited: the three-master Duchesse Anne, the barge Guilde and the lightship Sandettie. After visiting the museum and strolling along the quays of the Bassin du Commerce, a boat trip is a good way of exploring the port and its different installations.

Besides this port heritage, Dunkirk has two belfries that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites: on Saint-Éloi church and the town hall.

The Fine Art Museum houses painting collections of the Flemish, French, Dutch and Italian schools.

As well as these many places of interest, relaxing is also on the agenda – on the beautiful fine sand beach of Malo-les-Bains, nicknamed the "queen of the northern beaches".

Every January and February, the famous Dunkirk carnival livens up and brings colour to the streets of the city.

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A destination for 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 land of welcome, a tourist destination with unusual beauty. At the heart of a remarkable dune area, the sandy beaches stretch as far as the eye can see for miles, surrounded by 600 hectares of beautifully preserved dunes where flora and fauna thrive freely and where l The oyat undulates with the wind.

Carnival is the flagship tradition of the territory.

Things to see and do

Dunkerque has two belfries classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. The Belfry Saint-Eloi is open all year round.

The port museum has a rich collection of the maritime history of the territory.

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

Visits of the port by boat, "dinners-cruises" will allow you to discover the port in the heart of its activity.

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

Labeled "Famille plus", the destination Dunkerque Dunes de Flandre invites families to take advantage of the numerous proposals of sporting, leisure and cultural activities. Information at the Tourist Office on +33 3 28 66 79 21.

Guided tours: the walks in Dunkerque or in Malo-les-Bains at the seaside are guided but especially gourmandes to wish. Discover the secret beauties of Dunkerque.

The city center, with more than 400 shops offering a wide choice, including gourmet flavors and local specialties. It is good to stroll there.

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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 2018

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.


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