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Dunkerque town guide


Visitors will not find this town to be in the most attractive setting. It is set in a rather flat landscape and as an industrial port gives views of oil refineries and cranes rather than hills, spires and rivers. Dunkerque is on the Channel Coast North of Calais and south of Oostende close to the Belgian border. The most likely reason to spend a few hours here is that car hirers are waiting for a ferry across Le Manche (the Channel).

A good place to pass some time is Place du Minck where you can watch the fishermen selling the freshly caught fish. Then there is a choice of activities: A walk through the Flemish part of town to the Citadelle will lead you to Musee Portuaire where you can discover the maritime past of the area. Those of you who enjoy art, particularly the more modern type will enjoy Musee d'Art Contemporain which has a superb collection of post war artist's work.

Many visitors to this area take the opportunity to visit the sites related to Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Allied Troops in July 1944. You will need your hire car to visit Blokhaus d'Eperlecques on the road to St-Omer which houses a Second World War Museum or the Plage des Allies in Malo les Bains where the evacuation took place.

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