Our recommendations for visits and walks around the hotel
The Hotel Kregenn team loves to share its good ideas for walks and visits. Get off the beaten track with our favourites from the region!
The highlight of my week is the Saturday morning market in the Providence car park.
Then, I like to stroll through the cobbled streets of our historic heart and make a diversion to Saint-Corentin Cathedral, a jewel of Gothic art (little extra: every last Sunday of the month, a visit to the cathedral spires is possible).
I also like to have lunch in the crêperie du Quartier, rue du Sallé, near the inevitable Place au Beurre, before going to the Jardin de la Retraite on sunny days! To see Quimper from above, I recommend the wooded walk on Mont Frugy. On your way back to the hotel, don't forget to walk along the quays to (re)discover the ramparts and, a little further on, the Kodak house built in 1933.
I particularly enjoy walking along the coast of Cap Sizun, between the Baie des Trépassés and Douarnenez. On the way, I like to stop at the calvary of the church of Notre-Dame de Confort-Meilars, which dates from the 16th century, and at Pont-Croix for its picturesque little streets!
For dinner, I highly recommend "Le Sistrot" and its world cuisine revisited with fresh and local products, and I'd like to mention their large cellar of artisanal ciders!
It is difficult for me to make a choice about which museum visits to recommend!
The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Quimper presents a fine collection of works from the Northern and French schools from the 17th to the 19th centuries, an important selection of Sèvres porcelain to delight, but the jewel in the crown of the collections are the paintings of the Pont-Aven school with works by Paul Sérusier, Emile Bernard, Maurice Denis, Henry Moret and their acolytes. A journey through the history of art!
The Musée Départemental Breton presents a synthesis of the archaeology, popular arts and decorative arts of Finistère, an immersive visit into Breton culture. It starts with the prehistoric and ancient periods and goes through the art of stained glass, goldsmithing, statuary, traditional costumes and earthenware of course. My favourite part of the tour is devoted to the evolution of regional furniture from the 17th century to the 1930s. My favourite work? The "Brittany" screen in blue lacquer and eggshell created by Jean Dunand in 1926 representing a hill where sheep are grazing, facing the sea, quite a programme!
For a walk in the open air, take your sandwiches and other delicacies from Nektar and go for a walk along the coastal path between Cap Coz and Beg Meil. The path overlooks the sea, the nature is wild but practicable! Just enough time to walk back and forth and you can have an aperitif at the "Pieds dans l'eau", which is aptly named because the terrace overlooks the beach.
For dinner, back to Quimper, near the hotel, the rue du Frout hosts several restaurants with a relaxed atmosphere, my HQ is undoubtedly "La Pépinière", everything is good, from the starter to the dessert and the choice of wines, divine!
My favourite thing to do is to go to the beautiful long sandy beach of Sainte-Marine, there is a nice view on Loctudy and the Glénan archipelago in the distance. After having had a good workout, I go to the charming port of Sainte-Marine to quench my thirst on the terrace, the view on the marina of Bénodet is pleasant at sunset.