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Quimper is the capital of the Finistere department of Brittany. It is situated in a pretty valley in the southwestern corner of Brittany. It was the ancient capital of La Cornouaille, Brittany’s most traditional region, and has a Breton character.
Quimper (Finistère) mini guide
Quimper is an old Breton town where you can find a Gothic Cathedral, ramparts, museums and many festivals all year. It is 15km from the sea and the beautiful beaches of the South Finistere, you can enjoy some golf, surfing, fishing and sailing.
The ancient, rustic and ultramodern areas mix harmoniously to create a relaxed atmosphere. Amongst the pedestrianiSed medieval cobbled streets is the perfect setting to sit at one of the numerous cafés and simply gaze. The Cathedral of Saint-Corentin, with its magnificent Gothic-style façade dominates the old quarter where the cobbled streets run.
The Cathedral of Saint-Corentin was constructed between the 13th and 16th centuries and is named after Quimper's first bishop. The stained glass windows are exceptional, it has two 250 feet tall towers and the spires were added in the 19th century.
The rivers Steir and Odet create a junction at Quimper and many flat bridges criss cross the Odet. These bridges are crowded with geraniums and chrysanthemums in the autumn. An enjoyable experience would be to take a relaxed boat trip along the river where the wooded Mont Frugy looks down.
Faïence pottery has been produced in Quimper since 1690. The town is well known for this pottery with its bold provincial designs by Jean-Baptiste Bousquet. The town also is proud of some of the best crêpes and cider in Brittany.
|Department:||North West France > Brittany > Finistère >|
|Location:||Quimper, Capital of Finistere in Brittany in northwestern France.|
By Plane: It is worth checking online to find out which airlines are offering the best deals at the time, but as an example, you can fly direct to Quimper from either Gatwick, Heathrow or London City with Airfrance, some flights may require a stop in Paris Orly for a connecting flight to Quimper.
By Train: From as little as £55 return, you can take Eurostar direct from St Pancras International in London to Paris, in under 2 ½ hours. Connections can also be picked up from Ashford or Ebbsfleet. A simply change at Paris then travel on to Quimper by TGV fast speed train. A full timetable can be viewed by visiting Raileurope http://www.raileurope.com/ - Eurostar http://www.eurostar.com/
By Boat: It is usually cheaper to take a car over to France by boat, because the journey takes longer. Operators such as Seafrance and P&O offer regular ferry trips across the channel, with prices ranging from around £30 for a return day trip. Portsmouth to St Malo would take approximately 10 hours, the drive to Quimper would take 3 hours 20 minutes approximately 203 km. Please see our route planner for directions.
By Car: take your car on Eurotunnel from Ashford, near Folkstone, Kent direct to Calais in France. Journey time is about 35 minutes and the cost varies but is around £55 day trip return for a car and 5 passengers. Calais to Quimper - 8 hours, 699 km. http://www.eurotunnel.com/
Local Transport: Quimper has a good network of buses, there are 7 urban bus routes and 16 suburban bus routes. During July and August, there is an additonal "beach" bus route service.
|Tourist information website:||www.quimper-tourisme.com|
|Tourist information contact email:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tourist information switch board number:||+33 (2) 98 53 04 05|
|Tourist information address:||Place de la Résistance, 29000 QUIMPER|
|Quick links to accommodation:||Accommodation near Quimper (Finistère) - Hotels in Quimper (Finistère)|