Direction Dunkirk

Yachting in Dunkirk is an outstanding maritime and tourism experience in the Nord Region of France… and the south of Northern Europe!


An ideal location at the crossroads of Northern Europe

Less than 3 hours away from 5 European capitals, easily accessible by road and rail, Dunkirk is perfectly situated to become your home base.


Dunkirk Marina offers direct access to the North Sea and the Channel, near coastal destinations such as the Côte d’Opale and Belgian, Dutch and English coasts.

Going out

Things not to miss

High-quality harbour infrastructure

Whether you are making a brief stop or you have booked a mooring ring for the year, Dunkirk Marina can provide modern installations, with equipment and services tailored to the needs of yacht owners: toilets, harbour office and boat repair and maintenance services.


Dunkirk Marina is under development! With the future Grand Large Marina project, the number of mooring places at the port will increase from 250 to 450 in 2026, with a new technical area, including a dry port and lively and bustling quays – ideal for a stroll and a drink on the terrace, with a view over all the boats!

A multi-faceted tourist destination

Mooring at Dunkirk means discovering an area with so much to offer. Exceptional heritage, including belfries declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, the fortified town of Gravelines, sites commemorating Operation Dynamo, or the typical architecture of our seaside resorts.


The town of Dunkirk has been inextricably linked to the sea for centuries, a story told by the Maritime and Port Museum and the heritage boats, such as the Duchesse Anne.

Lastly, Dunkirk has 40 kilometres of seafront, including 15 km of soft-sand beach, lined by 1,000 hectares of wild dunes, which will soon receive ‘Grand Site de France’ status. So many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors!

A warm welcome and delicious food!

Dunkirk is packed with restaurants and brasseries for all sorts of food lovers, looking to discover local dishes... and the warm welcome for which the Dunkerquois have become famous!


When mooring at the Port du Grand Large, the nearby Malo-les-Bains seawall is home to some thirty bars and restaurants, accessible on foot! The inner basins are also well served, with all the town centre restaurants just minutes away. Waterzoi, carbonnade flamande and potjevleesch… Just some of the typical local dishes that you simply cannot miss, together with one of our famous local beers, of course.

Time to eat!

Unmissable events

Dunkirk and its conurbation host a range of exciting events, staring with its famous carnival!


And the marina is a key venue, with some key moments scheduled for June:

  • The Fêtes de la Mer (Sea Festival) at Quai de la Citadelle (in early June)
  • The Bonne Aventure Music Festival (free) on the Malo-les-Bains seawall (late June)
  • The start of the Tour France à la Voile yachting race (late June).

And there are already some dates for your diary in summer 2025, with the finish of a stage of the Tour de France, but also the Tall Ships Race ! No matter what time of year you stop at the Dunkirk Marina, there’s no risk of getting bored!


Mark your calendars!

A range of nautical activities, with excitement guaranteed!

If you love sailing and the sea, you will be knocked out by the range of nautical activities available at Dunkirk! Dinghy sailing, kitesurfing, land sailing, sea wading, paddleboarding, fishing, diving among the wrecks of Operation Dynamo... The sea at Dunkirk is perfect for these activities, no matter if you are a beginner or expert.

An area with an eye to the future, the environmental transition and innovation

The people of Dunkirk are committed to transforming their industrial/port ecosystem and making strides towards reducing their carbon footprint and building a sustainable future…

When it comes to tourism, Dunkirk stands out from the crowd. In 2021, Dunkirk received a ‘Destination Pour Tous’ (destination for all) GOLD award, in recognition of the accessibility of the area for disables persons but also for its convenience for everyone. An area becomes even more beautiful when nobody is forgotten!


Dunkirk Marina focuses closely on the needs of disabled people and there is a special disabled lift on the main dock at the Port du Grand Large, to make yachting accessible to all.