Dunkirk has unusual beauties and a remarkable architectural heritage. The villas of the famous seaside resort of Malo-les-Bains are strongly influenced by the Golden Twenties style of the early 20th century and recall life during the Belle Epoque. The colourful and poetic Quartier Excentric neighbourhood in Rosendaël was the brainchild of François Reynaert, a master mason-turned-architect who was so successful that he won a gold medal at the Decorative Arts Exhibition of 1925. If you prefer the countryside, you will enjoy exploring the Flemish hinterland with its tiny chapels, its mills, the abbeys which produce fine cheeses and “bière de garde” ales, its bistros and Gothic churches. Today, Dunkirk is reclaiming its industrial heritage, restoring and converting abandoned sites based on designs by the greatest architects including Lacaton & Vassal, Jules Denfer, Pierre Louis Faloci, Agence Nicolas Michelin & Associés, and Brigit de Kosmi.
The Dunkirk Carnival is famous, but how many know that the carnival period goes on for three months in the various towns and villages near the city? There’s plenty of colour to make the winter bright and cheerful!