Every year, DFDS transports more than 1.8 million passengers to the French ports of Calais andDunkirk using their popular ferry crossings from Dover, and yet only a small percentage take the time to enjoy these bustling port towns for themselves. DFDS, in partnership with the Calais Tourism Office and Dunkirk Tourism Office, has launched ‘See Ports’ – a campaign encouraging its passengers to take the time to experience all that these towns have to offer. DFDS is also offering exclusive discounts for local attractions such as the World War II Museum in Calais and Princess Elizabeth Restaurant and Tea-room in Dunkirk.

The Côte de Flandres

To launch the campaign, DFDS visited both Dunkirk and Calais to ask locals and visitors what it is that they love most about the destinations – with the beaches, good food and culture being popular choices in both towns. Calais has long been an important gateway for trade – however, this friendly town is the perfect spot for anyone wanting to spend a long weekend in a quaint, traditional setting.

Sun, sea and sand

Residents describe the town as both interesting and endearing, with the beach being a favourite spot for those seeking sun, sea and sand in the warmer months. Alternatively, for those looking to try out adrenaline pumping water-sports, the beach provides ideal conditions for windsurfing and kite-surfing year-round.


Following the success of blockbuster film Dunkirk, a record one million visitors travelled to the historic city of Dunkirk in 2017. Tourists are welcomed by locals who love sharing everything there is to do and see, with many taking the time to visit the famed World War II Museum, as well as the iconic beach and coastline.

Dunkirk is also an underrated haven for foodies – visitors can enjoy the unique gastronomic offering on board the Princess Elizabeth and join the locals at one of the bustling bistros offering fresh fish, cheeses and wine from the region.

DFDS operates daily sailings between Dover to Dunkirk (from £39 each way for a car with maximum of nine people) and Dover-Calais (from £45 each way for a car with maximum of nine people).

To book a trip, or to find out more about the exclusive ‘See Ports’ offers ranging from discounted entrance fees for museums, gardens and historical sites, to sporting activities, and food & drink, visit www.http://www.dfds.co.uk

 See Ports – Dunkirk: https://www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/ferry-offers-and-deals/ferry-to-france-offers/see-ports-dunkirk

See Ports – Calais: https://www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/ferry-offers-and-deals/ferry-to-france-offers/see-ports-calais