The impressive cathedral town of Quimper flanked by the rivers Odet and Steir and the surrounding countryside is well worth considering for a short holiday break or a longer stay. The town has preserved its Breton atmosphere.
The old town lies to the west of the cathedral much of which is pedestrians only, it is charming with cobbled streets and half- timbered houses and is an interesting place to wander and explore. You can browse round the shops; you may be temped to buy some traditional Breton lace here. You can have a rest and relax at one of the cafes enjoy a crepe and glass of cider, the local cuisine, very enjoyable to!
The twin-spired Gothic Cathedral of St. Corentin is the largest in Brittany the building of which started in the 13th century; the twin spires were added in the 1820s. There are many interesting things to see and it is worth taking one of the guided tours available to get the most from your visit.
Quimper is well known for its ceramics industry which started in the 17th century and still thrives today. You may want to visit the ceramic museum where you will see many exhibits including clocks and figurines and learn how manufacturing techniques have changed over the years. You can then enjoy a tour of a ceramic factory, both are interesting and worth doing.
If you like looking round museums there are others here in Quimper one has displays of mosaics, stained glass and furniture. Quimper’s position makes it an ideal spot to enjoy boat trips, the river Odet is one of the most beautiful in France. If it is a lovely summer day there is nothing more pleasant and relaxing. The banks between Quimper and Benodet are lined with chapels and chateaux, ideal for exploring on foot, there are many recommended interesting walks you may want to try in this area and details are available from the tourist office.
There are various hotel accommodations available depending on your budget; if you are planning a holiday break here you will need to book in advance particularly in July the Festival Cornouaille takes place on the 3rd and 4th Sundays when accommodation can become scarce in the town.