Quimper is a charming city in Brittany which is renowned for its faïence and is situated in a pretty valley where the rivers Odet and Steir meet.
Home of the renowned Quimper Faïence pottery which has been produced in the city for over 3 centuries, Quimper has much to offer those with a taste for the artistic. Visit the famous HB Henriot workshop in Locmaria, the pottery quarter, and take a tour to watch the faïences being made, or visit the Musée de Faïence which houses over 500 pieces of pottery. There are many museums in the city including a Musée des Beaux Arts and the Musée Départmental Breton (Breton County Museum). Purchase the Pass Quimper for €12 and choose 4 attractions out of the 6 available on the scheme (including the museums) to visit.
Wandering through the streets of half-timber houses you'll find the immense Cathédrale de St Corentin, the largest cathedral in Brittany. The Jardin de la Retraite and the Jardin du Prieuré Locmaria gardens are beautiful to walk around in peace. You can enjoy some delicious Breton cuisine in the city's restaurants, biscuiteries and crêperies and sample some traditional Breton cider or beer in the many bars.
Take some time to unwind in the relaxed rural atmosphere of Brittany with a day trip to picturesque Pont-Aven or the beaches of Bénodet. Visit in July for the vibrant Quimper Festival de Cornouaille, a celebration of all things Breton, and the mixing of the culture with others, through music, dance, arts, theatre et al.
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