Colourful half-timbered buildings lean precariously over the cobbled streets in medieval Quimper, the heart of Brittany's Finistère region.
Built at the confluence of the rivers Odet and Steïr, this delightful city features floral bridges, peaceful squares and a mighty Gothic cathedral. Through its museums, festivals, cuisine and customs, Quimper honours and preserves traditional Breton culture.
Walking and cycling
Due to its compact, intimate nature and extensive pedestrianised zone, Quimper is best discovered on foot. The key attractions are clustered around the Old Town and riverside areas, although it’s worth exploring a little further out if you’re interested in local life.
Renting a bike (or taking one with you) allows you to follow the Odet's southern bank to the historic Locmaria district, and on to the Chateau de Lanniron, or take the cycle routes to Pont-l’Abbé or Douarnenez on the coast. Quimper's one-way traffic routes can be a little confusing, but the city is cycle-friendly – a Tour de France stage ended here in 2018.
Road and rail
The city has an extensive bus network, with a range of urban and suburban lines. However, the most convenient, flexible way to access the countryside is to hire your own car. Book your car rental in advance with LCY.
For rail trips, the conveniently located Quimper station sits on the Savenay–Landerneau railway, which is served by TGV, Intercités and local TER services. Several significant towns, including Lorient and Brest, are reachable within 90 minutes by train.