Things To Do In Dunkirk
Dunkirk is the northernmost town in France and France's third largest port, just six miles from the Belgium border. Its close links with Belgium are even evident in its name which comes from the Flemish words for “dune” and “church”.
Discover stunning scenery along the coastline and long sandy beaches. Although much of the town centre was destroyed in the war and subsequently rebuilt, old parts do remain and are worth taking the time to explore. For example, the magnificent 58 metre belfry dates back to 1440.
Cuisine also plays an important role, and you’ll find a distinctive Flemish influence. A popular dish here is coq à la bière - chicken in a creamy beer sauce.
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Dunkirk Beaches & Must-See Sights
Dunkirk beaches are a popular spot for kite-surfers, sand-surfers, and windsurfers. An interesting fact about Dunkirk is that it’s home to a diverse range of ecosystems, including dunes, salt marshes, and wetlands. These natural habitats support a variety of plant and animal species, making it an interesting destination for nature lovers and birdwatchers.
The coastline is also the site of one of the most significant events of the Second World War - during a 9-day operation in 1940, over 340,000 French and British soldiers were rescued from advancing German troops.
Visit Dunkirk War Museum which tells the story of this rescue mission. The Dunkirk Town Cemetery also includes an extensive war memorial.
Head to Dunkirk’s belfry for a stunning panoramic view. You can also visit the Museé des Beaux-Arts with its collection of French art or the Museé Portuaire, which details harbour life in the city.
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Where To Stay In Dunkirk
Dunkirk offers a variety of hotels and accommodations to suit all preferences and budgets. Whether you're seeking luxury, convenience, or a cosy retreat, there's a perfect option to suit every type of traveller.
If you're looking to treat yourself, consider the beachfront hotels that offer splendid sea views and top-notch amenities or, for a more personalised experience and homely atmosphere, consider staying in a charming bed and breakfast, or holiday apartments. If you prefer a central location, the city centre offers numerous hotel options, ranging from budget-friendly to upscale establishments.
Dunkirk enjoys a moderate maritime climate, with distinct seasons that contribute to its natural beauty and charm.
During the summer, temperatures range from 17°C to 22°C, providing the perfect conditions to enjoy the stunning beaches and coastal attractions. Autumn brings milder temperatures, ideal for exploring historic sites and cultural attractions. Winters offer a touch of charm and average temperatures of 3°C to 8°C, creating a winter wonderland atmosphere. In spring, temperatures begin to warm, bringing blossoming flowers and vibrant energy.