The coastal port of Dunkirk is the third largest harbour in France. Famous for its role in the evacuation of allied troops in World War II, the Dunkirk 1940 Museum documents activities around the city during Operation Dynamo.
The Musée Portuaire displays exhibits of images about the history and presence of the port and has a number of historic ships, including the impressive Duchesse Anne, built in 1901 and moored alongside. The Musée des Beaux-Arts has a large collection of Flemish, Italian and French paintings and sculptures, and a visit is recommended. The family-friendly soft sands of Malo-les-Bains beach are also worth a stroll.