Dunkirk, the unique nord city

Dunkirk is a multi-faceted, versatile city that always has something of interest to offer visitors, whether for a long-term stay, weekend or day. Although first and foremost a port and maritime city, it is also a seaside resort, a creative city driven by a dynamic cultural life and a land of tradition that is the cradle of considerable heritage. Open your eyes and ears and discover this unique northern city !


Dunkirk is driven by a warm-hearted, festive spirit, as can be seen in its famous Carnival, a colourful parade to the rhythm of musicians, fifes, drums and brass bands. This conviviality is found throughout the year during the many events organised in the city: trade fairs, festivals, sports events and concerts... there's no end to the invitations! This welcoming spirit is extended to nightclubs, bars and restaurants. And why not be tempted by some regional specialities ? Muscles and chips come to mind of course, as do frikandel sausages and maroilles cheese tart, but have you ever tasted Potjevleesch ? It's a typical Northern dish, a "little pot of meat", somewhat like a terrine, originating from Dunkirk and best enjoyed with chips !

The culture of Dunkirk is not only festive however, as it is also a magnet for creation, hosting the Centre for Contemporary Art and Action (LAAC), a sculpture garden and the Regional Fund for Contemporary Art (FRAC). If you want a little magic, go to the water station on the Ile Jeanty to see the "extra terrestrial" Sputnik sculpture by Nikolai Polisky. 





Founded in the seventeenth century as a fishing establishment, the city is closely bound to its maritime history. Its port is the third largest port in France, 17 km long and covering 7000 ha. There's no better way of exploring structure than taking a boat trip. Hop on board the Texel and enjoy a one hour visit of the port... an unmissable trip! If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, you can walk around the port, discovering its history and development through specially designed, interactive signs. Don't miss the Port Museum for an insight into the world of seafarers, pirates and dockers.
The natural heritage of this city on water extends further into its canals and beaches. To make the most of the sea in Dunkirk, go to Malo-les-Bains, with its famous breakwater, terraces, seafood restaurants, ice cream shops, fine sand and beach huts!





Discover the history of Dunkirk through its wealth of heritage. Firstly, there are wonderful monuments bearing witness to the past, including the famous UNESCO World Heritage belfries, the Tour du Leughenaer (the oldest monument in the city), the Place Jean-Bart, the former royal palace built by Vauban and the Risban lighthouse. Secondly, there is considerable religious heritage, including the Saint Eloi Church and Notre-Dame des Dunes Chapel. Last but not least, there's quirky Dunkirk, with its Excentric district and the 35 houses from the 1930s designed by François Reynaert, Villa Ziegler, a small, painted wooden house with original architecture and the Dunkirk Baths, built at the end of the 19th century in an oriental style.

Dunkirk is multifaceted, festive and intriguing. It is a city that appeals to people of all ages as there are so many things to do !


Not to be missed

Dunkirk Carnaval
Dunkirk Port
Dunkirk Town Hall
The Belfries