"Quimperlé" Quimperlé by ranger49

Quimperlé Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 46 photos

A Small town with lots of history to discover.

I don’t know why it has taken us so long to make a proper visit to this lovely old town. We have by-pased it, driven quickly through the outskirts, but until now failed to discover the hidden secrets of its cobbled alleyways, and ancient and medieval history..

The Vikings found, and destroyed, the early settlement standing at the confluence of the rivers Isole and Elle.
In the 11th century the Benedictines established the monastery of St Croix there and the town began to flourish.

The rivers Lisole and L’Elle join to become the navigable Laita so activity around the port made it a prosperous centre of trade and industry, and an important staging post on the road between Nantes and Quimper.

The coming of the railways in the1860's brought a decline in prosperity but new economic developments including the attractions of the surrounding countryside and coast have brought renwal and a desire to preserve the rich cultural history of the town.

Town & Countryside

The town is the birthplace of scholars and writers and has played an important part in the preservation of Breton language culture.

It is very pleasant to walk around the old cobbled streets, walk by the riverside and the meadows right in the centre of town.

If you stop to study a street map it will not belong before a friendly resident comes quickly to your assistance. Whilst we stood puzzling over the street map as to whether there was a way back over the river, in the direction we were walking, from the upper window of a house came a shout as a resident called to let us know - Yes there is a Footpath keep walking! And she was absolutely right.

At the top of the hill

Whilst the lower town has retained a wealth of buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries the higher part of the town, centered around the Church of Notre Dame in Place St Michel, has not been so fortunate and considerable demolition and clearance of older buildings was undertaken to make way for new development in the 1960’s.

Quimperle is regarded as the centre of Breton studies and culture and the birthplace and home of scholars and writers .

  • Last visit to Quimperlé: Oct 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2016 at 6:19 AM

    very nice

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    The historic quarter and the lovely churches would be on my list too! Ofcourse I am not going to pass up on the chocolates too! Yum! Nice page Barbara!

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2012 at 5:57 AM

    I was interested in the salmon going upstream. Our village just completed a project to help fish go upstream from our cove to spawn. The entire area looks quite appealing. I'll be so excited to see it in person.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Interesting tips about this "centre of Breton studies and culture". Are the Breton and Welsh languages mutually intelligible? Good that they have a statue of Theodore Hersart de la Villemarque.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    This is such a quaint place to visit and enjoy the culture and wonderful and clean environment. YOu did a great job of picture taking and comments.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2010 at 6:19 AM

    I just love the French buildings, they are so full of character.This looks a delightful place.....

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    Barbara this place looks stunning and as for that restaurant, well I want to pull up a chair on that sidewalk right now. History of the churches is also of great interest. Thank you.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Barbara, lovely little page with outstanding photos of Quimperlé. I must admit that I have never heard of this place before. Have a lovely Sunday.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    Nice page!

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    Nice memories of Breton holidays with the children when we lived in England. Stayed in this area several times, shopped in the market, walked the streets.


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