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

The free-standing belfry
Town Hall


The name Dunkirk comes from the Dutch language "Church of the Dunes". The town is a historic resort located on the northern region of France, 10km from the border with Belgium. It's a great place to start your journey further into the Continent, but also a great holiday destination on its own, featuring historic beaches, shopping locations, and many places to eat local food, which is an interesting fusion of traditional Flemish cooking and seafood.

Get in

The closest airport in the area is International Airport of Calais-Dunkerque, which is located to the East, closer to Calais further down the coast. Ostend-Bruges International Airport is less than 60km East, across the Belgian border, however due to the Schengen Agreement there is no passport control when crossing it.

Beware, the second closest featured on many maps is Merville/Calonne Airport, originally built by the German Luftwaffe, has no commercial airline services scheduled.

You can also get into Dunkirk by ferry using the Dover-Dunkirk service run by DFDS Seaways or by train from Paris or Arras. Be warned, the ferry service does not accept passengers of foot (but does accept cyclists).



Façade of Saint-Éloi Church

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