Your Holiday City Break Guide to Quimper with Accommodation, Travel and Attractions

Quimper, headquarters of the Finistère Département and former capital of Cornouaille, is a charming and bustling city of two rivers, Steir and Odet, that has plenty to offer for one day visit or longer to explore the rich scenic South Finistère area.
Beware that towards the last week of July, Quimper hosts one of the largest's Celtic Festival in Brittany, the Festival de Cornouaille. During these 9 days of festivities, the town is extremely busy and you are strongly recommended to book your accommodation well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Main Tourist Attractions

Quimper Festival de Cornouaille, Brittany France
© Festival de Cornouaille
To appreciate Quimper's rich architecture, simply wander in the narrow streets of the old town by the Cathedral where old houses with slated roofs, half-timbered walls and carved figurines can be admired.

Highlights include its 15th century Gothic Cathedral St-Corentin built for its first bishop, Saint Corentin, its Musée Départemental Breton, a fine history museum of Brittany homed in the former bishop's palace and its Musée des Beaux-Arts for its collection of Breton paintings.

Quimper Faience, Brittany France
Faïence of Quimper © bestfor
Quimper is also known for its distinctive Faïence of blue, yellow and green colours, dating back 17th century and still in production today. To find out more about this Breton pottery, visit the Musée de la Faïence and its Factory, Faïenceries de Quimper HB Henriot.

Don't miss out on the Festival of Cornouaille, a major folk festival of concerts, dancing, celtic games and tasings, lasting for 9 days at the end of July and its classical & baroque music festival, Semaines Musicales, in August.

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Quimper is a very popular destination and you will find plenty of good restaurants and brasserie types in the old town but here are a few of our recommendations:
  • L'Ambroisie, fine dining with a good Michelin review and pleasant deco, Menus from 22 Euros
    49 rue Elie Fréron - Quimper, Phone:02 98 95 00 02, www.ambroisie-quimper.com, booking is advisable in high season.

  • Au Vieux Quimper, an excellent crêperie (pancake restaurant), well recommended, budget of 10-20 euros
    20 Rue Verdelet, Old Quimper, Phone 02 98 95 31 34, www.creperieauvieuxquimper.com

  • Erwan, restaurant serving good traditional breton cuisine, budget min Euro 15
    3 rue Aristide Briand, Quimper, Phone 02 98 90 14 14, ww.erwan-restaurant.com

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Travel to Quimper

5h 36 mins drive from Paris (564km) by motorway A11 to Le Mans, A81 to Rennes, N157 to Lorient, N165 to Quimper
Distance between main towns:
214km from Rennes; 71km from Brest; 101km from Roscoff; 241km from Saint-Malo; 204km from Mont Saint Michel; 120km from Vannes;232km from Nantes; 70km from Lorient
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Nearest ferry port is Roscoff (102km by N165, 1h33mins drive) followed by Saint-Malo (231km by N164, 3hours drive)
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Direct high speed trains (TGV) to Quimper Train Station from Paris in 4h30 with several regional trains between Brittany's different cities.
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Nearest International airports are Brest airport (76km drive), Rennes airport (213km drive) and Nantes airport (233km drive)
Nearest regional airport is Quimper Cornouaille Airport.
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Featured Hotels in Quimper

Best Western Hotel Kregenn - 3 Star Hotel

11-15 Rue Des Réguaires, Quimper

Right into the heart of Quimper, this modern deco hotel has excellent guest reviews with all the modern comforts, very pleasant rooms and friendly staff. In the summer, you can also benefit from the garden. Well recommended.


Océania Quimper - 3 Star Hotel with swimming pool

17 Rue du Poher - Kerdrézec, Quimper

This 3 star establishment features modern and spacious rooms, a heated oudoor swimming-pool and an excellent restaurant. Located close to the city centre, it is an ideal base to discover Quimper and its surrounding coastline.

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Campanile Quimper - 2 star Hotel

1/3 Avenue Georges Pompidou, Quimper

A nice and friendly hotel close to the train station and airport, Campanile offers good local food, modern rooms with tea/coffee facilities. This convenient establishment has 49 rooms at affordable prices.


Escale Oceania Quimper - 2 star Hotel

6 Rue Theodore Le Hars, Quimper

A conveniently situated establishment right into the centre of town perfect to explore Quimper on foot. All 63 rooms are modern and well equipped, hotel includes a bar and restaurant.

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Gites & Self-Catering Apartments

All our selected self catering gites and apartments are based in a radius of less than 20 miles (30km) from Quimper town centre and are all located by the seaside with swimming pool.

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Campsites in Quimper

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L'Orangerie de Lanniron - Quimper (Southern Finistère)
This camping park is in the middle of the beautiful and peaceful gardens of the Château de Lanniron. The original stone buildings have been converted to house the bar and restaurant, with a fantastic waterslides pool complex. Choice of various sized mobile homes.
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