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Flanking the l’Odet river, Quimper is a festive little place, filled with brightly blooming flowers which perfume the air and make every photo pop with colour. It has the essential ingredients for the perfect French town: a gothic cathedral, a pedestrianized old town, and a street dedicated to crepes. If you’re planning a visit full of culture, there are museums aplenty to add to your schedule, but Quimper can also be enjoyed simply with leisurely wanders and plenty of café stops.

Things to see

At the heart of the cobbled Old Town, the twin spires of Quimper Cathedral dominate the skyline. The exterior is a marvel of intricate gothic architecture, while inside, it’s much more understated, the soaring vaulted ceilings and cloistered walkways providing all the drama it needs. All around the cathedral, narrow lanes lead off, filled with craft shops and boutiques where you can pick up one-off souvenirs. The appropriately-named Place au Beurre is the place to go to gorge on crepes, served up in every way imaginable. Close by, the Musee des Beaux-Arts is a charming art gallery, filled with works by local artists, often inspired by the Finistere environment. Entry is free on some Sundays and there are regular art workshops for children. Further downriver, you’ll find the Musee de la Faience, which specialises in exhibiting Quimper’s signature pottery. You’ll learn about the entire pottery-making process, and see the finest examples.

Hotels in Quimper

With a choice of characterful, individual hotels, Quimper is far from the identikit hotel experience. Even the familiar-brand hotels occupy unique properties, where features like exposed stone walls and individually-decorated rooms help to give you a more memorable stay. With prices you’ll love, these discount hotels in Quimper still have every modern luxury, including soundproofed rooms and air conditioning. You can stay connected with the free WiFi and business centres, while lounge bars and swimming pools are there for relaxation. There are also several B&Bs with a choice of family accommodation options, and you’ll receive a warm, personalised welcome.

Where to stay

The centre of Quimper, in and around the Old Town is the best place to stay if you want a location filled with historic charm and cultural sights. The cathedral, plus several of the museums, are within easy walking distance, and there are myriad eateries to try. You’ll find a choice of upmarket and budget hotels here. On the outskirts of town, there are self-catering apartment-style hotels, as well as some budget B&Bs for a cheap and cheerful stay. Alternatively, you can leave the town and stay in one of the coastal resorts like Douarnenez, perfect for a family seaside holiday.

How to get to Quimper

Both by sea and air, Quimper is within easy reach of the UK. The closest regional airport is Brest Bretagne, a 45-minute drive from Quimper’s city centre. Hiring a car from the terminal is the best option, and many of the hotels have parking. If you’re coming to Brittany by ferry, the closest port to Quimper is Roscoff, just over an hour north. There are regular crossings from Plymouth. If you’re coming via Paris, then trains as well as flights are available. High-speed TGV services take about 4 hours to reach Quimper. The historic centre is a car-free zone.