A city situated at the heart of Cornouaille, Quimper is the administrative centre of the Finistère department. Its historical centre has earned it the label of ‘City of Art and History’. Indeed, you can find there typical half-timbered houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, cobbled streets, quays along the Odet river and also the Saint Corentin Cathedral.
The Odet’s source is around forty kilometres from Quimper, and crosses numerous tourist sites over more than 60 kilometres, among scenery at once wild and marine. It is, for that reason, known as ‘the most beautiful river in France’.
Quimper is a city where Breton language and culture are very present. Many measures have been implemented to conserve these and share them with tourists.
The Saint Corentin Cathedralis considered a major architectural component of the city. In a Gothic style, it was built between the 13th and 19th centuries.
It was entirely renovated a few years ago, and nowadays many visitors hurry to admire, among other things, its two spires which reach 80 metres in height.
You can wander around the many parks and gardens in the city. Especially at the Creac’h Gwen activities centre, where numerous activities are on offer.
There you will find a water sports centre, a fitness trail, a mini port and also everything you need to go fishing or canoeing. You can find many museums in Quimper. First of all, the widely renowned Museum of the Beaux-Arts, the Regional Museum of Brittany and also the Museum of Earthenware, for Quimper is historically a city of earthenware. This museum holds a rich collection which traces 300 years of the history of this particular art.
Several events mark the life of the city of Quimper throughout the year. For example, the Cornouaille Festival of Quimper, which, over a course of 6 days, celebrates Breton culture. There is also the ‘Les Hivernautes’ festival. It takes place every year in February and offers concerts, exhibitions and conferences. The Odet, ‘most beautiful river in France’ Dedicate yourself to all the water sports on offer and admire the forests, châteaus and manors which line the river. For an unforgettable stay, visit museums, wander on the seafront or go horse riding!