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Quimper Travel Guide: 27 reviews and 97 photos

Return to Quimper after 40 years.

We arrived on a Saturday morning when the town was busy with both local shoppers and tourists. So much busier than I remembered.

The old part of the town, with the Cathedral and colourful timbered buildings is approached by a tree-lined road running along the River Odet, crossed by numerous bridges, all adorned with summer flowers.

The newer buildings seem to blend quite comfortably with the ancient streets behind them and are now mainly pedestrianised.

Quimper has several claims to fame including - its' Gothic Cathedral with gleaming twin spires (added 1856); Faïence, the distinctive tin glazed earthernware known as Quimper Pottery, on sale on every corner, and the Festival de Cornouaille of music and folklore which attracts several hundred thousand visitors every July.

The Cathedral.

The Cathedral was shrouded in scaffolding but we captured this glimpse of the twin spiresas we walked up Rue Kéréon.
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You will not starve in Quimper - there are eateries galore of every description offering light snacks , crêpes or full meals. We had a Croque Monsieur, a Breton "cake" and a soft drink for 5 euros. A 3-course lunch with a glass of wine or beer could be had for around 12 - 15 euros.

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  • Pros:A lively, historical centre with plenty to see and do.
  • Last visit to Quimper: Jul 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2010 at 7:33 AM

    Here again. Trying to accumulate knowledge for the trip in 2012. I see you made the trip in fall....which is what I was thinking about. I want off season traffic and avoiding crowds.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    What an absolutely beautiful photograph! Nice job. Oh the cathedral looks so lovely. I enjoyed the tour!

  • diosh's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    delightful town. We went up the Odet from Benodet.

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2007 at 5:25 AM

    oh, you've started! Good luck :-)


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