Just 10 minutes from Bray-Dunes lies the great and surprising city of Dunkirk! Located on the north coast of France, Dunkirk is a city by the sea, rich in history, culture and tourist attractions. This destination has plenty of surprises and amazing experiences in store for you! From its legendary maritime past to its vibrant arts scene, this enchanting destination is packed with things to see and do for travellers looking for adventure and discovery. In this article, we present the best activities not to be missed during your stay in Dunkirk. Whether you're a lover of history, nature or seaside pleasures, this charming town is sure to seduce you.


Dunkirk has been the scene of a number of significant historical events, including the famous evacuation of Allied troops during the Second World War.

  • To explore its maritime and industrial past, visit the Musée Portuaire. This captivating museum features interactive exhibitions on ships, fishing, maritime trade and the Battle of Dunkirk. It's an exciting educational experience for all the family.
  • Dunkirk has a rich historical heritage. You can explore the belfries: the belfries of Gravelines, Saint Eloi and Dunkirk town hall are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As well as the belfries, other historic monuments are emblematic of the region: the Risban lighthouse, the Fort des Dunes and the Bourbourg Carillon. 
  • Discover the fortified town of Gravelines, located at the mouth of the River Aa, in a protected natural setting. 
  • Other Dunkirk museums worth visiting include the Dunkerque 1940 - Opération Dynamo museum, the Musée de la mer, the Jean Bart construction site, the Palais de l'Univers et des Sciences and the LAAC (Lieu d'art et d'Action contemporaine). 
  • Dunkerque is first and foremost a port and coastal town! So it would be a shame to visit the city without devoting some time to its maritime heritage. Dunkirk is France's 3rd largest port. On foot or by boat, you can discover this extraordinary heritage. Take a trip back in time aboard one of France's only three-masted ships, the Duchesse Anne. From the open sea, take a tour of the docks aboard the speedboat "Le Texel". Climb the steps of the Risban lighthouse to admire a breathtaking panoramic view from up there, and not just a little after climbing its 276 steps!


We recommend taking a stroll through the eccentric district that is the artistic heart of Dunkirk. Its lively streets are dotted with art galleries, quaint cafés and trendy boutiques. Stroll through its colourful alleyways, soak up the creative atmosphere and discover the talent of local artists. If you like contemporary art, don't miss the FRAC (Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain), home to innovative exhibitions. You can also make a diversion to Place Jean Bart, Dunkirk's most emblematic square.

3. Relax on the beach at Malo les Bains

Dunkerque is proud of its beautiful sandy beaches, and Malo-les-Bains is one of the most popular. Take advantage of a sunny day to relax on the coastline, take a stroll along the seafront, swim in the refreshing waters of the North Sea and indulge in water sports such as paddle boarding or sailing. Numerous bars and restaurants line the promenade, ideal for feasting on local specialities while admiring the sunset.

You can also go for a bike ride on the various routes offered by the Tourist Office. For the more sporty types, don't worry, there are plenty of activities available in Dunkirk: parachute jumping, quad biking, golf, horse riding, skate parks, hiking... there's something for everyone. By the sea, adrenalin and thrills are also on offer. In the Dunkirk area, you can go sand yachting, fishing, kitesurfing or long-distance sailing.

4. Remembering the past through remembrance tourism 

Although we have already touched on this subject a little earlier, Dunkirk is above all a city marked by history. In May and June 1940, Dunkirk was the scene of a turning point in history. The Second World War made famous Operation Dynamo, which enabled more than 338,000 Allied soldiers to be evacuated to England in just nine days. Does this scenario sound familiar? Then you've probably seen Christopher Nolan's film Dunkirk! Immerse yourself in this historic atmosphere by taking a themed tour of the town. The Dunkerque 1940 Opération Dynamo museum and the Fort des Dunes are also two not-to-be-missed sites on this theme. The Fort des Dunes is just a few kilometres from Dunkirk. Built in the 17th century, it offers a fascinating insight into the military architecture of the period. Wander through the underground corridors and climb to the top of the ramparts for a panoramic view of the surrounding area. Guided tours are available to learn more about the history of the fort and the region.


Dunkerque is world-famous for its carnival, but there are many other great events throughout the year, such as the Festival La Bonne Aventure, which takes place every summer. The other big advantage is that most events in Dunkerque are completely free, so everyone can enjoy them for less. Free public transport is also available, so you can easily get from Dunkerque to our Evancy residences in Bray Dunes. 

Dunkerque is a destination full of surprises that will capture the hearts of travellers eager to discover new things. With its historical heritage, beaches, artistic districts and cultural activities, the city offers an unforgettable experience to all its visitors. Whether you're passionate about history, art or relaxing by the sea, Dunkerque has everything to seduce you. So pack your bags and set off to discover this charming destination on the Opal Coast!

Port of Dunkirk on the Opal Coast
Beach of Dunkerque Zuydcoote Opal Coast