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Dunkirk (French: Dunkerque, Dutch: Duinkerke) is a town in the region of Nord-Pas de Calais in France.


The name Dunkirk derives from West Flemish "dun" (Dune) and "Kerke" (Church).

Dunkirk is a small town in the northernmost tip of France. It is very close to the border with Belgium and is actually located on the shores of the North Sea.

Dunkirk has a wide variety of tourist attractions including beaches, architectural and historical sites, festivals, cafes with live music, a theater, a conference center, museums, cinemas and its Carnival.

Seven hundred hectares of dunes, 15 kilometres of beaches, and a recognised sailing resort make the Flanders coast an increasingly popular seaside resort for tourists who can find quality activities and entertainment all year round.

Get in[edit]

The closet airport in the area is Calais-Dunkerque Airport (International Airport of Calais-Dunkerque), located between these two towns, closer to Calais. There's also one on the outskirts of Bruges, the Ostend-Bruges International Airport/.

Brussels Airport is further out and it's possible to hire a car there. The driving distance is approximately 1.5 hours to and from airport.

There are also ferries cruising to and from Dover in England with the ferry operator DFDS Seaways, however the connection does not accept foot passangers from that port.

Dunkirk is also well connected by rail, the train station connects Dunkirk to Paris, Lille, and Arras. Be careful, as the train line you will see on most maps from Dunkirk to Belgium is not a passenger line.

Get around[edit]

Dunkirk has a very good public bus transport system. Town center is rather small so one can get around by foot. Still: the suburbs stretch out and a car might be handy...

See[edit][add listing]

  • Saint Eloi church
  • Tour de Leughenaer
  • Dunkirk Town Hall

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Carnival of Dunkirk
  • Malo-les-Bains beach
  • Golfing
  • 2013 Capital of Culture for the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region

Buy[edit][add listing]

Dunkirk has a busy shopping area with over 400 shops, featuring international brands as well as local traders and artists. The town is also home to the largest Auchan hypermarket, where you can pick up almost anything you've ever thought of.

Free parking is available next to the Centre Marine and Pole Marine shopping centres.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Thanks to it's location the food in Dunkirk is an interesting fusion of Flemish cuisine and seafood. Moules-frites with a bottle of ice-cold beer or some chilled white wine are a popular local meal.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

on business you'd stay at the "borel" next to the old habour. it's kind of old fashioned but clean and with fair rates. staff speaks english and parking in the street is free. same for internet (be aware: for legal reasons will ask for ID/passport). there are plenty of restaurants close by.


Get out[edit]

A history enthusiast after having visited the Dunkirk War Museum and the Town Cemetery's War Memorial might want to head South-East to the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ieper, Belgium. The Museum which looks at the history of the First World War in the Western Flanders Front region.

Both France and Belgium have abolished passport control under the Schengen Agreement, so moving between these countries is easy.

Other locations worth visiting which are connected to the First World war is the The Museum of the Great War in Péronne, France and the Sommme 1916 Museum in Albert, also in France.

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