Discover what to visit, experience and enjoy in South Finistère - Brittany
There is so many things to see and experience around Southern and Western Brittany. From beautiful coastal paths and beaches to fish markets, crêperies restaurants, festivals, aquariums, museums, botanical gardens, natural parks, castles, … the list seems endless
It would not be possible to put everything on that subject down on this single page. We will therefore focus primarily on South Finistère.
THE CITY OF QUIMPER (Kemper in Breton) – 13 kms (8 miles)
We find that the Lonely Planet introduction to the medieval city is the closest to reality.
“Small enough to feel like a village, with its slanted half-timbered houses and narrow cobbled streets, and large enough to buzz as the troubadour of Breton culture and arts, Quimper (kam-pair) is Finistère’s thriving capital. With some excellent museums, one of Brittany’s loveliest old quarters and a delightful setting along the Odet River, the town deserves serious exploration.”
The Cathédrale Saint-Corentin
At the art of Quimper is the city’s cathedral with its particular kink, said to symbolise Jesus’ inclined head as he was passing away on the cross. Construction began in 1239 but the cathedral’s dramatic twin spires were added in the 19th century. As you stand on the square look out high on the west facade for the equestrian representation of King Gradlon, Quimper’s mythical 5th-century founder.
Musée Départemental Breton
Beside the Cathédrale Saint-Corentin, hidden behind the magnificent convent’s stone courtyard, this great museum showcases costumes, antic furnitures, traditional crafts and archaeology. You will get a really good overview of Breton history.
Pub “le Ceili”
This lively Celtic pub is one of the city’s “bonnes adresses” for anyone who fancy listening to traditional Breton music while tasting famous beers from Breton breweries like the Coreff or the Telenn Du.
ILE TUDY – 10 kms (6 miles)
The fishing port of LE GUILVINEC – 11 kms (7 miles)
The historical town of LOCRONAN – 25 kms (15Miles)