Run in the sand, history at hand: A beach break near Dunkirk

If you’ve ever arrived at the ports of Calais or Dunkirk before, you’ve already been to Northern France’s Opal Coast, but have you ever discovered its long sandy beaches, its ever-changing kaleidoscopic skies and its wild natural dunes? Well, here’s your chance, on a family weekend break staying at B&B Villa Samoa in Bray-Dunes, a B&B near Dunkirk. Just over the Channel, Bray-Dunes is right on the Belgian border and a very short drive to Dunkirk, rich in captivating WW2 history and cool coastal culture.

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  • During your B&B stay at Villa Samoa in Northern France’s Bray-Dunes, allow time to discover the dunes, nature’s best playgroundDuring your B&B stay at Villa Samoa in Northern France’s Bray-Dunes, allow time to discover the dunes, nature’s best playground
  • Walking trails help you explore the dunes of Northern France. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-DunesWalking trails help you explore the dunes of Northern France. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes
  • The vast beaches of Northern France provide plenty of space for the children to explore. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes The vast beaches of Northern France provide plenty of space for the children to explore. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes
  • The colourful beach-huts in Malo. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern FranceThe colourful beach-huts in Malo. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France
  • The parents’ room in B&B Villa Samoa, Bray Dunes, Northern FranceThe parents’ room in B&B Villa Samoa, Bray Dunes, Northern France
  • The children’s room in B&B Villa Samoa, Bray Dunes, Northern FranceThe children’s room in B&B Villa Samoa, Bray Dunes, Northern France
  • Bigger family? No problem! A third bedroom is available in B&B Villa Samoa’s suiteBigger family? No problem! A third bedroom is available in B&B Villa Samoa’s suite
  • Bathroom at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern FranceBathroom at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France
  • Bathroom with shower at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray Dunes, Northern FranceBathroom with shower at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray Dunes, Northern France
  • Enjoy a hot drink, reading and board games in the snug sitting room at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern FranceEnjoy a hot drink, reading and board games in the snug sitting room at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France
  • Or relax in the garden while the children play outside. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern FranceOr relax in the garden while the children play outside. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France
  • Breakfast at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern FranceBreakfast at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France
  • Off to the beach! B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern FranceOff to the beach! B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France
  • Enjoy a Northern France beach picnic during your stay at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-DunesEnjoy a Northern France beach picnic during your stay at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes
  • Try sand shrimps, a local speciality in Northern France. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-DunesTry sand shrimps, a local speciality in Northern France. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes
  • … or enjoy moules-frites (mussels and chips) by the sea. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France… or enjoy moules-frites (mussels and chips) by the sea. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France
  • And an ice-cream for dessert, but beware – the children could get used to this! B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern FranceAnd an ice-cream for dessert, but beware – the children could get used to this! B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France
  • The pure joy of the beach during your stay at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern FranceThe pure joy of the beach during your stay at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France
  • Owner Anne-Stéphanie will lend you nets for shrimping. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern FranceOwner Anne-Stéphanie will lend you nets for shrimping. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France
  • A bucketload of memories at the close of day. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern FranceA bucketload of memories at the close of day. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France
  • Taking a photo of the Mirrored Blockhouse in Leffrinckoucke is a must for the memory bank. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern FranceTaking a photo of the Mirrored Blockhouse in Leffrinckoucke is a must for the memory bank. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France
  • The Duchesse-Anne ship in the port of Dunkirk. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern FranceThe Duchesse-Anne ship in the port of Dunkirk. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France
During your B&B stay at Villa Samoa in Northern France’s Bray-Dunes, allow time to discover the dunes, nature’s best playground Walking trails help you explore the dunes of Northern France. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes The vast beaches of Northern France provide plenty of space for the children to explore. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes The colourful beach-huts in Malo. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France The parents’ room in B&B Villa Samoa, Bray Dunes, Northern France The children’s room in B&B Villa Samoa, Bray Dunes, Northern France Bigger family? No problem! A third bedroom is available in B&B Villa Samoa’s suite Bathroom at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France Bathroom with shower at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray Dunes, Northern France Enjoy a hot drink, reading and board games in the snug sitting room at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France Or relax in the garden while the children play outside. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France Breakfast at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France Off to the beach! B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France Enjoy a Northern France beach picnic during your stay at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes Try sand shrimps, a local speciality in Northern France. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes … or enjoy moules-frites (mussels and chips) by the sea. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France And an ice-cream for dessert, but beware – the children could get used to this! B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France The pure joy of the beach during your stay at B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France Owner Anne-Stéphanie will lend you nets for shrimping. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France A bucketload of memories at the close of day. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France Taking a photo of the Mirrored Blockhouse in Leffrinckoucke is a must for the memory bank. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France The Duchesse-Anne ship in the port of Dunkirk. B&B Villa Samoa, Bray-Dunes, Northern France

You and the children will be enthralled by the Northern France take on the great outdoors – family fun on the beach, shrimp-fishing, sea-swimming and jumping around in the dunes. Be sure to tuck into some real French favourites too; moules-frites (the famous mussels-chips combo) against the backdrop of a stunning Northern France sunset is an image that will remain in your mind’s eye for a long time to come.

Meeting your host Anne-Stéphanie at Villa Samoa kick starts the family beach break. As soon as you arrive, the children will be simply itching to catch that first glimpse of the sea through the dunes before running off, toes sinking in the sand as they go. Well, thanks to B&B Villa Samoa’s blessed location in Bray-Dunes only 300m from the beach, that’s easy. Anne-Stéphanie can lend you kids’ scooters to whizz to the beach wind-in-hair, as well as buckets, spades, sand-rakes and nets in case you all fancy a bit of shrimp-fishing!

At the tourist office, you can also hire bikes for all the family before heading off on the coastal cycle-path towards Dunkirk, admiring the dune seascape as you go. If you’d rather go walking, why not tell the kids you’re going to tick off yet another country from the bucket-list ─ it’s only a 2km coastal walk to the Belgian border after all!

No family weekend break is complete without the perfect family photo: Anne-Stéphanie will recommend you head to the local beach at Leffrinckoucke for the most unexpected and wow-inducing sight: an old WW2 blockhouse covered in shards of mirror. At high tide, the sea, sun, sand and sky are all reflected in this work of art and poignant reminder of WW2.

And it’s not the only remnant of WW2 history of course. To really capture Dunkirk spirit, watch Christopher Nolan’s epic film Dunkirk – depicting the dramatic allied evacuation of 1940 ─ then stand eyes-closed on the peaceful sandy beach. Feel the frisson as you recall the WW2 drama that took place right here and talk to the children about it too ─ learning history this way is more captivating than the classroom.

If all this sea air gives you an appetite, savour a cone of frites by the colourful beach-huts or grab a crêpe – classic French fare. Later, relax in the enclosed gardens of B&B Villa Samoa. On your sunlounger, drink in hand, children playing table tennis, all you have to do is discuss tonight’s eating options: Shrimps or moules-frites…? Seafood or shrimp croquettes…? Wherever you end up eating - Bray-Dunes, Dunkirk or La Panne over the border in Belgium, you really won’t be short on ideas.

After a day of so much French adventure on your family weekend break in Bray-Dunes, collapse into the comfort of your super-spacious family suite at B&B Villa Samoa. Sleep easy too – you’ve still Anne-Stéphanie’s indulgent French breakfast to look forward to, setting you up for another day ─ beachbound we’re guessing!

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Aware that I’m lucky to live only 300 metres from one of the Opal Coast's longest and most beautiful beaches and of course its magnificent dunes, I like to share my local...

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