The Route des Peintres or Painters' Trail follows landscapes which inspired the French masters Paul Gauguin, Émile Bernard and Paul Sérusier as well as foreign artists such as Robert Wylie, Joseph Bulfield and Meyer de Hann.
They were all members of the so-called Pont-Aven school founded in the late 19th century.
This pretty granite town on the banks of the Aven was once home to 14 water mills, as immortalized in Paul Gauguin's 1888 painting "Les Lavandières" ("The washer-women").
In the 1880s the then small settlement was a refuge for artists from Paris, notably for Gauguin whose name is inextricably linked with Pont-Aven. Here, he met Bernard and Sérusier, and they dedicated themselves to the simplistic style called Synthétisme. The mild climate and the quality of the light was a major attraction to the new artistic community.
A major attraction is the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Pont-Aven which has a collection of over 1,000 works, many of which represent the School of Pont-Aven. Numerous private art galleries are dotted around the winding streets if you fancy taking your own little bit of Breton art home with you.
Concarneau ’s picturesque walled Old Town, which sits on an island linked to the mainland by a bridge, is renowned artists’ haven. Paul Signac, Alfred Guillou and Edward Emerson Simmons figured among countless painters for whom Concarneau was a draw.
The town is famous for the Fête des Filets Bleus or the Festival of the Blue Nets which takes place every August. You can see the blue sardine fishing nets drying in the fishing port which is home to the third largest fish market in France.
Pop into the Fishing Museum for a fascinating insight into this important industry which is still the lifeblood of Concarneau.
If you want more fishy stuff you can take a tour of Maison Courtin , one of the last functioning sardine canneries, or, visit the Marinarium , the world's oldest institute of marine biology which was founded in 1859.
The colourful half timbered columbage buildings lining the cobbled streets of the old town justify a visit to Quimper , but the impressive cathedral and Musée des Beaux Arts make it unmissable.
The museum has a beautiful 19th century façade and houses a collection of 14th to 21st century paintings , many by local Breton artists. You will also find pieces by Rubens, Boucher and Corot on display.
The city is famous for its ceramics, known as Faïence . This pretty distinctive hand painted pottery features brightly coloured scenes of locals in traditional Breton costume. Faïence has been produced here since 1709 and if you visit the Boutique musée de la faïence you will find some fine examples of this unique pottery on display.
In the center of town is the market hall which is great for picking up a few local treats. Market days are Wednesday and Saturday. After all this sightseeing you will be ready for a little refreshment. Fortunately Quimper abounds with lots of yummy Salon de Thés as well as a wide variety of cafes and restaurants. Don't miss out on the multi-coloured macarons which are another Quimperoise speciality.