Quimperlé Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Channel on the right
    Channel on the right
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  • Off The Beaten Path
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Quimperlé Things to Do

  • The Tourist Office

    The main tourist office was situated in Place St Michel in the upper town when we visited - rather weirdly tacked on to the end of the church - Notre Dame de L'Assomption and away from the town centre. It was well stocked and the staff were friendly and helpful. Update 17 October 2012 - I am grateful to VT member Gwened for the information that...

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  • Celtic Literary Connections.

    When travelling I enjoy coming unexpectedly across links to literary figures whose work I know something about. Finding statues and other memorials to writers unknown is always a challenge and sometimes leads me to information and coincidences that I enjoy.So it was with Theodore Hersart de la Villemarque who was born in Quimperlé in 1815 and died...

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  • See salmon "leap" in the centre of town

    As you walk south along Rue de la Tour d'Auvergne with the river Isole on your left, you will pass Le Gentlemen Pub, accessed by a footbrige over the river. Just a little further, on the bridge at the point where the river flows into La Laita - look down over the bridge to view the special channel installed there to assist Atlantic salmon returning...

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  • Church of Saint Croix & Holy Sepulchre...

    The abbey Church of Saint Cross dates from the end of the 11th century. It is very large and has has an unusual cruciform and circular shape but seems to be tucked in to the buildings that have gone up around it. "The plan of the church was copied from that of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It includes a rotunda with three small apsidal chapels...

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  • Ruins of the Church of Saint Colomban

    This Roman portal probably dates from the 10th or 11th century. The outlines of the of the window frame are in gothic style. If you look through the arched entrance to the inner coutyard where the body of the church once stood you will see some parked cars and the entrance to the cinema! But there are fragments of a wall believed to be all that now...

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  • Where the aristocracy lived

    This street is sometimes compared with a popular quarter of of Paris and described as "une sortie de petit Marais quimperlois".Along Rue Brémond d'Ars lived everyone who was anyone in the mansions built there from the 16th Century onwards. All the Establishment - judges and politicians, bankers and noblemen, senior officers of the navy and armed...

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  • Les Halles - the covered market.

    I spotted this unusally attractive building as soon as we drove onto the car park. From the walking guide obtained from the Tourist Office I recognised it as the covered market.It was built in 1887 by builders from Paris, the Moreau brothers , from a design by the architects William & Farges. The building is contemporaneous with the Eiffel Tower...

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  • Le Pont Fleuri

    This medieval bridge once gave access to one of the three gates through which travellers from Vannes entered the fortified city of Quimperlé.It is what in the UK we call a "pack-horse" bridge, in France "dos d'ane", over which heavily laden horses or asses could pass each other using the wider spurs as passing places. . Only two of the original six...

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  • Visit the Courthouse

    Le Présidial dates from 1683 and is the former courthouse. From the outside the most striking architectural feature is the beautifully balustraded entrance staircase - which would once have led into the Court Room The interior has been refurbished in a bright, airy, modern style as an art gallery entered through the arched doorway below the...

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Quimperlé Hotels

  • Le Vintage Hotel

    20 Rue Bremond d'Ars, Quimperle, 29 300, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Ibis Quimperle

    Zone de Keringuant ZA Kervidanou 3, Mellac, Quimperle, 29300, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Novalis

    Croix de Kervail , Route de Pont-Aven , Quimperle, 29300, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Quimperlé Restaurants

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    Le Médiéval: At the middle of history

    by ranger49 Updated Nov 1, 2009

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    There was something slightly surreal about sitting outside a medieval building on a very warm, sunny October day next to the remains of an 11th century church and the great bulk of another - a copy of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem at the top of the road behind us..

    We had failed to get a table at the restauarant recommended by one of the family so sat down here and were served very quickly.
    We stuck to omelettes and crepes - always a safe bet in this part of France, very reasonable; these were good and came with good bread and a nice salad.

    Inside a full restaurant service was provided and it was worth going inside to see the massive stone walls and beamed ceilings.

    The building is the one shown right in the centre of picture 3 - the information board.

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Quimperlé Shopping

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    More than one.: Chocolates and cakes

    by ranger49 Written Nov 1, 2009

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    For a small town with so much history there are fewer than usual purely Tourist shops.
    In the historic centre between the food market and the shops almost all every day needs can be bought including a few luxuries.

    Chocolates and patisserie were plentiful !
    As usual window displays are works of art.

    I saw few clothes shops in the Centre these were on the main road opposite the carparks and up the hill in the higher quarter.

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Quimperlé Off The Beaten Path

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    - not far from the beaten track.

    by ranger49 Updated Oct 31, 2009

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    As you walk away from St Croix and the market down Rue Bremond d'Ars where the Aristocracy had their homes look out, on the right, for narrow gaps between the houses. Through one of these you will see to the public park Les Gorrets.
    Approach it from the other side of Le Pont Fleurie and - on a nice day, take a picnic.

    It is an oasis, surrounded by nature and tranquillity, only a few steps away from the town.

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