The simplicity of Quimper's old world charm makes for a delightful visit and an escape from the hustle and bustle of today's modern world. It is a town situated on the confluence of three rivers, the Steir, Odet and Jet, and the coastline of the Bay of Biscay is just 15 km from the Old Town centre. Take a break and turn off your wireless gadgets (except maybe GPS) and discover the wholesome beauty of northwestern France with a car hire from Auto Europe.
Get to know Quimper by strolling along the cobblestone paved Rue Kéréon. The half-timber buildings that line the street lead to the 13th century Saint-Corentin Cathedral, and it's truly a sight to behold with the Gothic church's two towering spires which soar over the town's rooftops. Before entering the cathedral, look up between the towers and you will see the equastrian statue of Gradlon the Great, a 5th century king who keeps watch over the village. Once inside Saint-Corentin you may be amazed at how light and airy the cathedral feels; there are several stone arches that reach up towards the impressive, peach colored vaulted ceiling.
While staying in Quimper be sure to visit a crêperie and a faïence pottery shop, as the town is renowned for producing both of these traditional French goods. There are a number of mouthwatering crêpe shops in the Old Quarter, and you will surely enjoy tasting an assortment of savory and sweet pancake options. Go shopping for some keepsakes at a faiencerie by the name of HB Henriot. It is said to be the only shop in Quimper that still makes all of its pottery locally. It has existed since the 17th century, and all the pieces are hand painted.
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