Discover Saint-Pol-sur-Mer

The town’s history

Saint Pol sur Mer is a town in the north of France (department 59), in the region now known as the Hauts-de-France.


The borough was created in 1877, separating from the community of Petite-Synthe, which became part of the town of Dunkirk in 1972.


Saint-Pol-sur-Mer owes its name to a tavern which was located on the edge of the town : « Le Saint-Pol », named after the Chevalier de Saint-Pol-Hécourt, who was the companion of Jean Bart, the famous corsair from Dunkirk. In 1889, « sur Mer » was added to the name of the town, for the town owned lands on the waterfront, but the town of Dunkirk purchased them in 1912 in order to enlarge its port. 

Today, Saint Pol sur Mer is part of the Dunkirk City Region, having become affiliated on December, 9th, 2010. The mayor of Saint-Pol-sur-Mer is Jean-Pierre Clicq and the mayor of Dunkirk is Patrice Vergiete.

This area known as West-Dunkirk also includes the borough of Cappelle-la-Grande.


With a population of 23,000 inhabitants, the town of Saint-Pol-sur-Mer has various administrative, sports and cultural facilities.

Geographic location



As the other towns of the Dunkirk Region, Saint-Pol-sur-Mer is located in the natural area of Blootland, which is characterized by flat landscapes and many canals. The city covers an area of 5,14 square kilometers (1,98 square miles).

The town anthem

Heraldry and flags

The old coat of arms

The current coat of arms (since 1980)


The flag of Saint Pol sur Mer


Important people related to Saint Pol sur Mer


Georges Guynemer : fighter pilot

Robert Prigent : politician

Jean-Noël Vandaele : painter (related to Lycée Guynemer from 1981 to 1995)

José-Karl Pierre-Fanfan : french football player

Michel de Decker : historian born in Saint Pol sur Mer

Georges Vancauwenberghe : First Mayor of Saint-Pol (1877-1910), founder of Zuydcoote’s Sanatorium

Marc-Antoine de Saint Pol Hécourt : Captain of the squadron « Les Vaisseaux du Roi » (The Vessels of the King)

Charles Gadenne : carver


places and monuments in saint pol sur mer

  • The Jean Bart lock from XVIIth century
  • The flax textile factory, with a roofing supported by arches and crosspieces
  • The last house of Georges Guynemer, where he spent his last night
  • Saint Benoit Church
  • Sacred Heart Church
  • The gazebo
  • Complexe de la Ferme Marchand (sports infrastructure)