Dunkirk is a lovely seaside destination with 10 miles of white sandy beaches and 1,700 acres of protected parkland, the wonderful French coast of Flanders is a dream location for kite surfing, sand-yachting, cycling and hiking.
Spirit of Dunkirk !
Well known throughout the world as the scene for Operation Dynamo in 1940, Dunkirk is one of the few places in Europe that seamlessly combines a wealth of history with fabulous boutique shops, hypermarkets, delightful restaurants, a stunning golf course and miles of sweeping sandy beaches at the seaside resort of Malo-les-Bains. Access is easy thanks to DFDS’ high quality ferry link.
There are a number of places for visitors to take a look through a window into the past including the Battle of Dunkirk museum (Mémorial du souvenir) which houses a collection of war time relics and moving photographs. There have also been a number of memorials erected over the years to including The British Memorial, The Fort des Dunes and The memorial to the battles of May and June 1940 are all located within easy walking distance and pay tribute to all those that fought at Dunkirk.
Discover Dunkirk’s maritime history at the Port Museum and on board the Duchesse Anne, a stunning schooner dating from 1901. Curious as to how ports work nowadays ? Take the boat trip on board « le Texel » through the impressive landscape of France’s third biggest port.
Dunkirk and French flanders is also home to the prestigious Lieu d’Art et Action Contemporaine (LAAC) which houses an eclectic mix of contemporary art from the 1950s through to the present day. The rich collection of the Fine Arts Museum includes paintings and sculpture from Flemish, French, Dutch and Italian masters. In the Chapel of light, created by British sculptor Sir Anthony Caro, this impressive work of art, a stunning group of 15 sculptures laid out over 450m2, forms part of the project to restore the choir of the church of Saint John the Baptist at Bourbourg.
The peaceful walled town of Gravelines was left surprisingly unspoilt during the great wars and still retains a great deal of French architecture to savour. In addition to the city itself there are the boat rides on the canals to enjoy.
Bergues is still contained within ramparts for over five kilometers. Surrounded by greenery, these walls provide a walk that is as magnificent as it is instructive.There is no doubt you will be won over by the attractive traditional old houses and private mansions.
Dunkirk’s recently re-landscaped 27 hole golf course is a must for any golfer. Nine highly original holes were added, inspired by the design of Dunkirk’s 17th century military fortifications. Driving off artillery towers and bastions and bastions and navigating moats and lakes all make for an unforgettable golfing experience.
The Dunkirk Tourist Information Centre and the Gravelines Tourist Information Centre can help you organise a successful day-trip or stay in our area. To make things as easy as possible, we offer complete packages, including visits, guided tours, meals, activities and accommodation.