Known as the “City of Jean-Bart “, after the well-known corsair who saved France from famine by capturing 80 Dutch ships loaded with wheat, Dunkirk, which was once a fishing village, is today one of the main cities on the Côte d’Opale.
It is ideally situated at 40 km from Dover in England, 10 km from the Belgian border, near Lille and in the centre of the Brussels/London/Paris triangle.
THE PORT OF DUNKIRK
The port of Dunkirk covers 17 km of the coast of the North Sea, 1 ½ hours sailing time from the world’s busiest sea route (600 ships a day).
It is the third French port in terms of traffic and the seventh of the European North-Range ports which go from Le Havre to Hamburg. It can take all merchandise and berth the world’s largest ships, and 45 million tons of goods transit through here each year.
Dunkirk-Port is also the starting point of summer cruises. It offers easy access to the North European countries, including the splendours of the fjords and the jewels of the Baltic.
THE BEACHES : MALO-LES-BAINS
The hotel is 5 minutes by car from the seaside resort of Malo-les-Bains, a district of Dunkirk famous for its 4 km of beach, known as the “Queen of the North Beaches”.
THE FLANDERS DUNES – You can also easily get to the “Flanders Dunes”, a seaside resort that is famous for being the only area in France exclusively reserved for board sports.
The Flanders Dunes are 15 km of fine sandy beach reaching from Dunkirk to Bray-Dunes, where you can enjoy many sports and fun activities.