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Molly1
15-02-2017, 09:20
Looking for somewhere safe to overnight, we have a middle of night ferry at Dunkirk. Don't want Migrants climbing on our roof!

rebbyvid
15-02-2017, 10:10
2 places at Gravelines

PAarc Rives de l'Aa (http://tinyurl.com/zfc6fc9)
Gravelines (http://tinyurl.com/j6veegj)
no services, the services are at the side of the police station and well signposted.
Gravelines (http://tinyurl.com/zzg6nsa)

Wooie1958
15-02-2017, 12:14
I can vouch for Grand-Fort-Philippe :wave:

We had a really good peaceful and quiet night there a couple of years back in the large corner spot ( you`ll understand that if you go ).

There`s a very good Super U, Avenue Pierre Pleuvret, 59153 Grand-Fort-Philippe for food and 24 hour fuel on the edge of the town as well.

jann
15-02-2017, 12:31
Gravelines. If you want to be further out, then the aire at Bergues is good

grath
15-02-2017, 12:38
I can vouch for Grand-Fort-Philippe :wave:

We had a really good peaceful and quiet night there a couple of years back in the large corner spot ( you`ll understand that if you go ).

There`s a very good Super U, Avenue Pierre Pleuvret, 59153 Grand-Fort-Philippe for food and 24 hour fuel on the edge of the town as well.

We have stayed here many times, but I believe it has now closed.
Across the river at Petite Fort Phillipe, there is a large car park at the rear of the town. It is nice and quiet, and free. We have used this a couple of times when Grand Fort Philipe was full. (prior to closure)
Regarding Gravelines, the ground is that red shale stuff, and when wet, it is a pain to keep from coming in the van with your feet!

Roger Haworth
15-02-2017, 12:59
I have stayed overnight several times at the DFDS Dunkerque ferry terminal car park. Never had any problems and it is quite nice watching the ferries come and go.

GPS: N51.02121 E2.19306

Wooie1958
15-02-2017, 13:07
We have stayed here many times, but I believe it has now closed.
Across the river at Petite Fort Phillipe, there is a large car park at the rear of the town. It is nice and quiet, and free. We have used this a couple of times when Grand Fort Philipe was full. (prior to closure)
Regarding Gravelines, the ground is that red shale stuff, and when wet, it is a pain to keep from coming in the van with your feet!


That`s a shame it was a really good night :sad:

As for Gravelines we`ve looked a couple of times and they been double or treble parked :scared: it was ridiculous :mad2:

wanderlust51
15-02-2017, 13:35
Looking for somewhere safe to overnight, we have a middle of night ferry at Dunkirk. Don't want Migrants climbing on our roof!

Bray dunes is good,on the Belgian border,stock up with beer in adinkerke,8 miles out from the port

grath
15-02-2017, 13:46
That`s a shame it was a really good night :sad:

As for Gravelines we`ve looked a couple of times and they been double or treble parked :scared: it was ridiculous :mad2:

Yes totally agree, but I think the M/Hers spoilt it for them selves, by parking long ways etc!
It was a nice sea view, but try across the river, no view, but nice and quiet!
To find it, drive s far as you can into Petite, and then turn right, you will come to it a couple hundred metres!

rebbyvid
15-02-2017, 13:51
Took the Grande Fort Phillipe out as it now has height barriers (should have known as i was there last year) it is signed to carry on past and directs you to near the campsite towards Oye plage but didnt check it out .

Molly1
15-02-2017, 14:26
Bray dunes is good,on the Belgian border,stock up with beer in adinkerke,8 miles out from the port

This might be ideal for us, we are heading towards Belgium.

Molly1
16-02-2017, 10:47
Bray dunes is good,on the Belgian border,stock up with beer in adinkerke,8 miles out from the port

I think this might be ideal as we are heading towards Belgium.

chas17
16-02-2017, 11:02
Bray dunes is good,on the Belgian border,stock up with beer in adinkerke,8 miles out from the port

The "cheap beer and cigs" store told me they were happy for customers to park overnight in their large car park.

ian81
16-02-2017, 12:43
We often park up at Loon Plage by the chuurch (50.99522 2.21998)

Nice and quiet also couple of take away pizza joints near by.

curlytail
14-07-2017, 21:58
We have stayed here many times, but I believe it has now closed.
Across the river at Petite Fort Phillipe, there is a large car park at the rear of the town. It is nice and quiet, and free. We have used this a couple of times when Grand Fort Philipe was full. (prior to closure)
Regarding Gravelines, the ground is that red shale stuff, and when wet, it is a pain to keep from coming in the van with your feet!

Has the aire in Gravelines changed location as it was possibly 6 years ago when we last went but it was on tarmac/concrete in a line facing the river and the boats and just a few minutes walk in to the town?

QFour
14-07-2017, 22:18
We stopped at Watten on the way back this year. Nice little Aire tucked away. Few barges on the river :) Short drive to the port in the morning.

POI Admin
14-07-2017, 23:59
We often park up at Loon Plage by the chuurch (50.99522 2.21998)

Nice and quiet also couple of take away pizza joints near by.

Thanks for the suggestion. I've added it to the France POIs :D

stevet
26-07-2017, 08:56
Has the aire in Gravelines changed location as it was possibly 6 years ago when we last went but it was on tarmac/concrete in a line facing the river and the boats and just a few minutes walk in to the town?
We were there last month. Parking at Graveline is unchanged apart from the addition of extra parking. The original two lines on red shale facing the river, plus lots more additional parking now in the field behind.
7 Euros,card only. Always quet and secure there.
Good market on Friday mornings a short walk away.

gholt417
26-07-2017, 10:23
We usually stay in Veurne (Belgium) just 15mins from Dunkirk.
Kaaiplaats 1-11, 8630 Veurne, Belgium
Lovely town and lots of bars.
Graham

jann
26-07-2017, 12:08
We prefer bergues.if you don't want to drive in the night,use the ferry car park.

curlytail
26-07-2017, 17:30
We have stayed here many times, but I believe it has now closed.
Across the river at Petite Fort Phillipe, there is a large car park at the rear of the town. It is nice and quiet, and free. We have used this a couple of times when Grand Fort Philipe was full. (prior to closure)
Regarding Gravelines, the ground is that red shale stuff, and when wet, it is a pain to keep from coming in the van with your feet!
We followed Graths advice 2 nights ago as we came off a ferry in the evening. Straight down the main street around the square and turn right at the end. Large tarmaced car park. We had peaceful free night.

Cremdcrem
07-08-2017, 16:48
Agree with Roger, always stay at DFDS Dunkerque ferry terminal car park never had a problem, was told by staff there that the car park is there for early arrivals :sleep-027:

curlytail
31-08-2017, 00:02
We have stayed here many times, but I believe it has now closed.
Across the river at Petite Fort Phillipe, there is a large car park at the rear of the town. It is nice and quiet, and free. We have used this a couple of times when Grand Fort Philipe was full. (prior to closure)
Regarding Gravelines, the ground is that red shale stuff, and when wet, it is a pain to keep from coming in the van with your feet!

We followed Grath's advice when we came off an evening Calais ferry last month. To find the car park you do have to zig zag round the village square but it is a large car park and we had a peaceful first night there. Our final nights stay before leaving from Dunkirk was at the largish free aire (though no service facilities except dustbins) at Bergues - pleasant small fortified town with a few eateries - 30 mins from the port. People arrive and leave at any times.

jarw48
03-01-2018, 13:11
Looking for somewhere safe to overnight, we have a middle of night ferry at Dunkirk. Don't want Migrants climbing on our roof!

Hiya,

We have stayed in the waiting area at Dunkirk before, safe and sound, though little noisy but free and within a fenced parimeter. Check their ferry website.
Have heard there is a migrant camp locally but not near the port itself, it's not busy enough for them (so we're told).

We travelling through there on our way home this year.

Have a good trip. Enjoy.


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