Dunkirk – Dunes de Flandre 

Dunkirk is a seaside destination offering superb beaches and dunes, delicious food, great shopping and fascinating visitor attractions.

Dunkirk, the seaside town best known across the world as the scene for Operation Dynamo in 1940, is an amazing tourist destination offering lovely sandy beaches and dunes, great shopping, delightful restaurants, excellent golf courses and many other fascinating visitor attractions. Norfolkline exclusive ferry service to Dunkirk provides easy accessibility to all this and more.

Read on to discover more about Dunkirk attractions.

The Beach at Dunkirk:

With miles of sandy beaches and some incredible dunes, Dunkirk is an ideal place to enjoy various outdoor activities including water sports. The Dunes de Flandre stretch for 15 km and is a paradise for kite-surfers, sand-surfers and wind-surfers.

Around the coast, you'll find many historic ruins such as blockhouses of the 2nd World War, ship wrecks, the Military Fort of Leffrinckoucke and the Battery of Zuydcoote. Yes, it's hard to imagine today that this beach was the scene of the greatest evacuation operation in military history. Over 9 days in 1940 more than 340,000 French and British soldiers were saved from advancing German troops by a quickly assembled fleet of about seven hundred vessels.

Shopping in Dunkirk:

Dunkirk is also a shoppers paradise, and shopping here is practical and easy. It's a perfect place to stop off at the start or end of your holiday.

There are 400 town centre shops including all your favourite brands – H&M, Mango, Kookai, Esprit…as well as French cosmetics and perfume classics such as Sephora and Marionnaud.

Centre Marine and Pole Marine are the town's two covered shopping malls. The Marine shopping centre offers clothing, perfume shops and a supermarket. Parking is not a problem with 4,800 parking spaces in and near the town centre. There are 1,000 free places next to the Centre Marine and the Pole Marine.

Carrefour and Auchan are the two hypermarkets here. The Auchan Hypermarket at Dunkirk is the largest in France and an excellent place to shop for a variety of items at cheap prices.

Visit the largest Auchan Hypermarket in France.

Eating Out:

Dunkirk boasts a unique mixture of excellent seafood and traditional Flemish cooking, a delight for foodies. Being close to Belgium, moules and frites are common as are oysters and a host of other Flemish dishes. Nothing surpasses a delightful dish of local frites-moules combined with a glass of chilled white wine.

The city centre of Dunkirk is exploding with small bars, brasseries and boutiques and the city's huge range of restaurants represents excellent value for money.


Dunkirk's recently re-landscaped 27-hole golf course at Golfe de Dunkerque Grand Littoral is now a must for any golfer. Drawing inspiration from the design of Dunkirk's 17th century military fortifications, nine highly new holes have been added.

Driving off artillery towers and bastions, and navigating moats and lakes all make for an unforgettable golfing experience. The course is situated just 15km from the ferry terminal and 5km from the town centre.

Surrounding Area:

Arriving in Dunkirk opens the way to exploring some of the areas typically Flemish villages.

Bergues (Tourist Office +33 (0) www.bergues.fr )
Gravelines (The Banks of the Aa Tourist Office +33 (0) www.tourisme.fr/office-de-tourisme/gravelines.htm)
Hondschoote (Tourist Office +33 (0) )

These typical Flemish villages in the heart of the countryside boast beautiful churches and fascinating museums. You can explore on foot, by bike, canal or even horseback.

Tourist Office:

For more information on restaurants and accommodation in Dunkirk:

Visit the Tourist Office website at www.ot-dunkerque.fr


Call the tourist office:

Norfolkline ferries to Dunkirk:

Norfolkline operates ferries to Dunkirk from Dover with a Channel crossing time of just over 2 hours and 12 ferry sailings per day in both directions. Our complete sailing schedule between Dunkirk and Dover are provided in the routes section.

We offer great ferry fares and have regular special offers, so book a great value ferry fare between Dover and Dunkirk online with Norfolkline.

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