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Quimper, the capital city of the Finistère department of Brittany in north-west France, is a lovely and influential old city. Once heavily fortified, much of the 15th century city walls are now lying in ruins, but there is still much of the mediaeval city left to enjoy. The old town is atmospheric, interesting and very beautiful.
Quimper, large though it may be, has the feel and atmosphere of a much smaller town, with an olde worlde charm which calls back visitors time and time again. The ambience is rustic rather than urban, and as you wander in the ancient streets of the Old Quarter, with its twisting alleyways and half-timbered houses, it is easy to forget that this is a thriving modern city, an economic force and the most important town in the region.
Quimper is known for its attractive rivers and bridges, notably the pretty footbridges that span the rivers which run through the city. Walking beside the rivers is always a pleasure, and there are times that it seems that there is no need to explore further, so attractive is this pastime!
However, Quimper has lots more to offer, and you would be well advised to take in a visit to the Cathedral Saint Corentin, the oldest Gothic Cathedral in Brittany, and to the Episcopal Place with its Breton museum. This is a fascinating collection of artefacts and information relating to local history. Close to this are the ruins of the old city walls, built in the 15th century to fortify the city.
The town of Quimper is world famous for its pottery, and there are many chances to purchase excellent pieces in the charming gift and craft shops which proliferate in the old town. More than just pots, these really do seem to be representative of the town's past and are well worth a little investment.
Quimper is famous for other things too, besides its renowned pottery. The local delicacy of crêpes is celebrated here, and there are a great number of crêperies where you can sample these delicious pancakes with their sweet or savoury fillings.
Quimper is also noted for its Winter Festival, and as most French festivals seem to be held in the summer season it is refreshing to find such an excellent musical feast available in Quimper in the depths of winter. A great variety of live music is on offer here, and it is most certainly worth attending if you are a music lover. In the summer, you may also be able to find impromptu concerts on street corners, with pipers and accordion players vying for your attention.
If Quimper itself is not enough for you, you will find you are supremely well placed to enjoy some of Brittany's most spectacular beaches and coastal landscapes. Quimper is located only a fifteen minute drive from the coast, and here you can take part in a number of sea based sports, such as swimming, fishing, surfing and hill walking. Golf is available nearby, and there are some very good horse-riding and pony trekking establishments locally also.
To reach Quimper you have a choice of flying, sailing or taking the train. The nearest airport is Brest which is served by flybe and Ryanair, and the ferry ports of St Malo and Roscoff are the best placed if you wish to travel by boat. Quimper has a TGV stop which means that train travel is easy, as you can take a fast train from Paris to your destination.
Although Brittany property has gradually become more and more expensive over recent years, Finistère is one of the cheapest places in the region to buy property. Renovation projects are still available and Quimper is a superb location if you are seeking a property which will have a rental potential too.
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Quimper lies in north-west France, in the south-west of the department of Finistère.
Access: By air: Fly into Brest with flybe or Ryanair. By rail: There is a TGV fast train from Paris which runs to Quimper. By boat: The nearest ferry ports are found at Roscoff and St Malo.
Economy: The economy of the town is famously based on the faience pottery of the town known as Quimper-ware. Also significant economic forces are food production, copper industries, textiles, food and furniture.
Interesting fact: The name of the town comes from the Breton word "kemper", meaning "confluent". The town lies on the confluence of the Rivers Odet and Steir.
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