PROMOTION PAYS DE QUIMPERLÉ
PAYS DE QUIMPERLÉ
WITH ITS SANDY COVES AND WILD BEAUTY, THIS CORNER OF BRITTANY IS A HAVEN FOR FAMILIES
A microcosm of Brittany, the Pays de Quimperlé is the region’s best-kept secret, with its sprinkling of secluded harbours, dramatic coastline and shape-shifting seascape.
1 NATURAL WONDERS With its hidden coves, picture-postcard harbours and sandy beaches, this 80km section of southern Breton coast has countless natural wonders and historic treasures to discover, making it perfect for family holidays. Chief among them are the Roches du Diable – boulders rising amid the gorges on the River Ellé, north of Quimperlé, and where, legend has it, Saint Guénolé defeated Satan.
2 LAND OF HISTORY The gateway to southern Finistère, the city of Quimperlé has borne witness to the sweep of French and Breton history; and as such has been awarded the coveted ville historique status. Among the must-see attractions are the Abbatiale Sainte-Croix, medieval bridge and Chapelle des Ursulines. Fountains, chapels and a sprinkling of megaliths aside, the rest of the Pays is brimming with heritage sites, including the Maison-Musée du Pouldu, home in 1889 to artist Paul Gauguin and a coterie of his friends. In 1890, he captured the local harvest in his vibrant painting, ‘La moisson au bord de la mer’.
3 MAGICAL RIAS
Shape-shifting doesn’t come close to describing this wondrous land of rias – a lattice of inlets endlessly drawn and redrawn by the tides’ ebb and fl ow. This is just one of the many wonders dotting the Pays de Quimperlé’s shoreline. From Doëlan, Le Pouldu and Brigneau to
Rosbras and Bélon, the coast is dotted with secluded harbours whose ever-changing seascape and marinas were immortalised by the Pont-Aven painters.
4 SUN, SEA AND SAND With its sweeps of sandy beaches – perfect for a game of volleyball – and intimate creeks to enjoy quality time with the brood, Pays de Quimperlé has plenty to offer sunbathers, families and adrenaline junkies alike. From sailing, canoeing and kayaking to stand-up paddling, it is the go-to destination for water-sports enthusiasts – or novices itching to take the plunge. Surfers will get their fi x of thrills and spills at Kérou Beach.
5 TAKE A HIKE
With a whopping 1,300 km of hiking trails and coastal paths winding their way through its rugged landscape, rocky outcrops and surf-tickled beaches, Quimperlé is a ramblers’ paradise. The most iconic of all is without doubt the GR34 route, better known as the Sentier des Douaniers (path of the customs offi cers). Created during the Revolution, it was intended as a sprawling lookout, stretching 1,800km along the entire Breton coast – 80km of them in the Pays de Quimperlé – for customs offi cers to root out smugglers.
6 À TABLE! From surf to turf and everything in between, the region has something to entice every palate. Feeling brave? How about a platter of andouillette (chitterlings)? Or time your visit right and you could feast on the catch of day. ■
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