Head to the cultural capital of Brittany for a short break in northern France
Fly from London City to Quimper for a short break in France. The lively town of Quimper is steeped in Breton history and is known as Brittany’s cultural capital. Quimper is also a gateway to the surrounding coast and Gauguin country.
A taste of Brittany
Quimper (pronounced ‘cam-pair') in western Brittany is great for a short break in France. With a short flight from London City, it is easy to get to whether you are looking for a city break or a relaxing few days along the nearby coast.
In the know
In this oh-so-Breton destination, it makes sense to enjoy fine local cuisine. L'Ambroisie takes the best of Brittany's produce to dish up a mouth-watering menu in what has become something of a Quimper institution.
Brittany’s strong regional identity can be seen wherever you go from dual-language road signs (in Breton and French) to traditional dress. Celebrate all things Breton during the Festival de Cornouaille held every July in Quimper. Unforgettable.
To experience some of Brittany’s wild and dramatic coastline for yourself, head west to the Pointe du Raz (pronounced ‘ra’) peninsula. Here, at mainland France’s second most westerly point, lighthouses punctuate the view out into the Atlantic. Take in the fishing port of Douarnenez on your way back and the exceptionally pretty village of Locronan.
A painter’s paradise
East from Quimper, you have Benodet’s renowned beaches and the charming fishing port of Concarneau with its walled town. Further east again, you are in Gauguin country. The painter set up his school in picturesque Pont-Aven – which is also famous for its delicious buttery biscuits!
Get back on track
During your weekend break in Quimper, you can’t help but adopt the relaxed way of life and appreciate the injection of vibrant Breton culture. A great destination for taking some time out and remembering what life is all about.