Ranked as France’s third-largest port, it boasts unmissable highlights of maritime heritage, notably the tall ship, Duchesse Anne, and the Musée Portuaire. Also don’t miss the World War II museum, the Musée Dunkerque 1940 - Opération Dynamo, or the town’s soaring belfries, part of a regional UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, the cycle route leads to Gravelines, fortified by Louis XIV’s great engineer Vauban; discover its magnificently preserved ramparts, enjoying a fine walk along them.
The Vélomaritime between Dunkirk and Gravelines provides a segregated track, laid out in part as a greenway, in part as a cycle path. The stretch at the level of Grand-Fort-Philippe is in the course of being laid out at time of writing. The route should be signposted in the course of 2021.
Train stations nearby:
- Dunkirk (served by high-speed TGV trains)