Dunkirk is a coastal city, the northernmost town in France, and the third-largest port in France. There is stunning scenery along the Dunkirk coastline and long sandy beaches. It became famous for the epic 1940 evacuation of Allied troops when over three hundred thousand soldiers were improbably rescued. Today there are several war memorials and museums.
France, Northern France
Half to Full day
Accessibility Level – High
France (formal), English spoken by most of the population
The famous Dunkirk’s carnival runs every year, in the winter. The locals and many tourists take over the town’s streets to celebrate France’s noisiest and colorful celebration. It includes dozens of street parades with marching bands, competitions, music, traditional food, and drink.
The festivities run from January to March with a series of events on weekend days in Dunkirk and nearby villages. The climax of the carnival takes place on the ‘Trois Joyeuses’ (Three Joyful Days) before Ash Wednesday (a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting). During these days, Sunday to Tuesday, the town of Dunkirk embraces an atmosphere of excitement and celebration.
Dunkirk War Museum – Operation Dynamo
During your visit to Dunkirk War Museum, you’ll discover the complete story of the Battle of Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo, which took place from May 26th to June 4th, 1940, as part of WWII.