Quimper is a commune and the capital of the Finistere department in Brittany. It is located in North West France and occupies just 85 square kilometres of land area. The population of Quimper is around 64 000 people that permanently live within the city limits. Quimper dates back to the first settlement in the area during the time of the Romans. Visitors to the city always comment on the rustic feel of the area because of the picturesque foot bridges and Roman era architecture that lines the streets. Getting to and from Quimper is most often done via either the high speed train service that runs between the town and Paris ? a journey that takes around four and a half hours or by plane landing at Quimper Cornouaille Airport.
Tourists to Quimper are usually in search of the historic sights found around the city like the Roman Catholic cathedral of Saint-Corentin and the many other churches in the area that display architecture from many different styles. The Quimper Cathedral noted for the green devil that was said to appear in the burning bell tower during the fire that swept the cathedral in 1620. Other popular parts of town for the tourists visiting it are the old town centre and the Musee des Beaux-Arts. A simple stroll down the small streets in the town can give you a great look back into the history of the town.
If you visit the town in winter, you might be lucky enough to be there while the famous Quimper Winter Festival takes place. The locals call it Les Hivernautes. Year round, visitors to the city will see impromptu and unorganised concerts on the streets featuring pipers and accordion players.
Since 1690, the town has produced incredibly complexly decorated pottery featuring blue, yellow and green. The Musee de la Faience in the town has a huge collection of displays of the examples dating back through the history of the production of this exquisite pottery.
While Quimper has a good buss network, whenever you?re visiting a foreign town, having a car at your disposal for driving around the town and getting to locations outside the town or nearby towns is a very convenient resource. Visit Tripindicator.com to get quotations and comparisons between companies offering car hire in Quimper.