Quimper is the oldest city in Brittany, France. Located on the banks of the junction between the River Odet and River Steir, Quimper is best known for its huge, twinned-spired cathedral. Quimper is not only the capital of Finistere, but also has one of the most charming atmospheres of any town in France, with little footbridges crossing gurgling streams, and cobbled streets filled with charming cafes and elegant boutiques.
The huge gothic cathedral of St Corentin is a ‘must see’ attraction if you are staying in a holiday rental home in Quimper. The 12th Century monster is impossible to miss if you are in the town, and acts as a wonderful meeting spot if you need one. The Breton Museum which stands next door is a fabulous place to visit, with Brittany’s long and surprising history laid out beautifully. The Musee des Beaux-Arts on the other side of the square also holds a number of artistic treasures from the 19th and 20th century. There are also some fantastic shopping streets in the old quarter as well as a bi-weekly market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, ideal for stocking the shelves of your self catering Quimper holiday apartment.
If you are wondering why you have already heard of Quimper, it is due to the towns most valuable and famous export; Quimper Pottery. Quimper Pottery has highly distinctive patterns, created in the town for well over 300 years. You never know, a visit to Quimper could result in you returning home with a new family heirloom! There are a number of potteries that are more than happy to give you guided tours of their factories during your visit.
Quimper’s restaurants are simply superb. The town is known for having some of the best cider and crepes in the whole country, a fact which Quimper restaurants are quick to remind you!
If you would like to get out into the open air and do some sport, Quimper is brilliantly located for trips to the famous Ile d’Ouessant, which forms part of the Armorique Nature Reserve. Anyone with a love for nature or a desire to walk, cycle or canoe in the blissful peace of the French countryside should defiantly organise to get a boat trip over to the island and spend a few hours there.
Quimper is a great place to visit during the summer months. Conditions remain hot and dry, yet not so hot as to stop you being active. Average temperatures stay in the mid to low 20’s (°C), perfect for walking, cycling, sightseeing or taking a boat trip along the river or up the coast.
Quimper Airport (UIP) is absolutely tiny. There are flights arriving from Paris only, which means that it is not a lot of use for those trying to visit Quimper from the UK! The best way of reaching a Quimper holiday rental is either by catching the car ferry from a port along the south coast of England or to take the Eurostar and commuting from Paris.