Quimper is listed as a "City of Art and History" due to its rich architectural heritage. It is located near the Atlantic Coast, in the north-west of France, in western Brittany. Its historic ramparts (walls) define the initial core of the city. Quimper is also proud of its many half-timbered houses located in the city centre, reflecting the expertise of craftsmen from the 14th to the 19th centuries.
St. Corentin Cathedral is located on the city’s central square. Among its other points of interest, the square displays architectural features dating back to the 13th century. On the same square you will find the Departmental Museum of Brittany (former Cornouaille Bishops’ Palace) where you can learn about the history of the area. The Museum of Fine Arts, for its part, exhibits works including paintings by Max Jacob, an artist and poet born in Quimper. You can also relax and stroll through one of the five gardens in the city. Indeed, Quimper is a city of gardens, having been awarded the Grand Prize for France’s “Floral Cities” in 2003 and 2006.
Quimper is also known for its fine pottery. The city’s Fine Pottery Museum provides an insight into a know-how which is over 300 years old.
And if you want to discover the typical water sports of the region, try sand yachting, surfing, body-boarding, kite-surfing or windsurfing. The four golf courses located in the area will delight enthusiasts and hikers and bikers can enjoy the many trails around the city.
If you're in the area during the summer, discover Brittany’s traditional identity during the week-long Cornouaille Festival, with shows and events of all kinds.
Guests staying at the Brit Hotel in Quimper will be:
27 km from Concarneau
72 km from Brest