Quimper, capital of the Finistère region and capital of the Cornouaille region, is just 15 km from Le Helles campsite in Sainte-Marine, with its exceptional historic center. The town lies at the bottom of a ria or aber (the tide rises from the ocean over a distance of around 18 km). Over the centuries, it has grown up at the confluence of several rivers (Kemper means “confluence” in Breton), including the Steir and Odet. Take advantage of your stay at a campsite near Bénodet to discover this town, listed as a “Ville d’Art et d’Histoire” in Finistère.
What to see and do in Quimper?
Appreciated for its historical, artistic, cultural and architectural facets, Quimper has plenty to offer. During a visit to the heart of the city, you can stroll around and discover its monuments and gardens, its museums or even its family-friendly venues.
Immerse yourself in the history of the Finistère town
The town’s history is steeped in Celtic legends, where paganism mingles with religion. Classified as a “Ville d’Art et d’Histoire” (Town of Art and History), visitors are bound to be won over by its heritage. First of all, Cathédrale St Corentin, a jewel of Breton Gothic art, begun in 1239 on the excavations of an ancient Romanesque cathedral, was not completed until 1856. A visit to this historic monument is highly recommended. Indeed, the building is undoubtedly one of Quimper’s must-sees. As you continue your tour of Quimper, you’ll discover the old town, where you can admire the typical timber-framed houses dating back to medieval times.
A stroll through Quimper’s gardens
When strolling through the city, don’t miss a stop at the Jardin de la Retraite. At the heart of the city lies a three-level exotic garden stretching over half a hectare. Its existence echoes those of the explorers of the 16ᵉ century, who brought back all sorts of tropical plants from their expeditions. Visitors can discover three different and often little-known areas. A change of scenery guaranteed!
What to do in Quimper when it rains?
A visit to Quimper’s museums will be a good option when the skies become overcast. There are also four museums to enrich your visit. You can start with the Musée Départemental Breton, housed in the former Palais des évêques, then go on to discover earthenware with its dedicated museum, or join the Musée des Beaux-Arts. Of course, Quimper is also famous for its earthenware factories, which you can discover by visiting the HB Henriot earthenware factory in the Locmaria district.
Family activities in Quimper
In addition to the cultural tours available in Quimper, young and old alike can marvel at a show like no other. Come to Château de Lanniron for falconry shows on Sundays in July and August. Other events are also organized, such as educational walks, escape games, etc. For more city walks in Finistère that are well worth the detour, you can also count on Concarneau, located near the Helles campsite.