In Finistère, not far from Brittany’s far western point, Quimper is a historic city permeated with this unique region’s identity.
The old town has medieval timber-framed houses with typical Breton granite at the base, and every few steps there’s a crêperie to tempt you.
The 13th-century cathedral is lauded as the most beautiful gothic building in Brittany, and the Locmaria quarter is where Quimper’s renowned faïence has been made since 1690. Come in July for the Festival de Cornouaille, with traditional costume, lots of dancing and bagpipe music.
Indulge in the ocean-fresh seafood and the delicious cider, which has designation of origin in the historic Cornouaille province.
Lets explore the best things to do in Quimper:
1. Quimper Cathedral
Often the best cathedrals are the ones that are a bit irregular, and Quimper’s certainly comes into that category.
This magnificent building is unique because the north side of the nave curves slightly inwards at the middle; this was done to avoid an area of swampy ground during construction in the 13th century.
Most agree that this is the greatest gothic construction in Brittany and of the many things that you’ll remember are the majestic stained windows in the choir, added between 1408 and 1415. Outside, lift your gaze to pick out the 19th-century statue of the semi-mythic King Gradlon, alone on horseback between the marvellous spires.