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.
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.
From April 6 to December 28, 2013, Dunkerque "Regional Capital of Culture"! After Valenciennes in 2007 and Bethune in 2011, up to Dunkirk! 3 seasons thoughts as stopovers, 600 appointments, 5000 artists. Program: parades, bands, concerts, exhibitions, openings of cultural facilities and many other surprises are part of the journey. For more information, visit the website of the Tourist Office of Dunkirk.
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.
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!
A big popular festival whose centrepiece is a herring-throwing event!
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.