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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Vire
Insee code14762
AltitudeFrom 85 to 225 meters
Surface22.50 km²
Population12633 inhabitants
Density561 inhabitants/km²


National labelVaudry at 2.8 km (5 min)
Chief townCaen (at 64 km, 51 min)Roullours at 4.4 km (8 min)
DepartmentCalvadosSaint-Germain-de-Tallevende-la-Lande-Vaumont at 5.2 km (8 min)
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Vire, ancient walled city, built in the 12th century by Henry 1 Beauclerc, Duke of Normandy, son of William the Conqueror. The city was dismantled in 1630 by Richelieu in the 1944 bombings, which structured the fortifications of the medieval town were partially spared and are still visible today in the city rebuilt.

Many specialty foods are like: Andouille Vire handcrafted from pig intestines and smoked over beech wood; the Teurgoule, long rice cooked in milk baked in a clay bowl, not forgetting cider, knob (apple-based aperitif) and calvados.


Holder Clock: main gateway to the city, it represents the image of the city overcome the two circular towers of the gate, the square tower was raised in the late 15th century to house a clock, restored after 1944.

Dungeon: proudly camped on a rock at the end of a promontory overlooking the Vire, the ruins of the 12th century square tower are still impressive. One of its facades remain with its flat buttresses and three levels with its bays, fireplaces and traces of the defenses.

Church of St. Anne: St. Louis founded the Chapel of St. Anne in front of the Hotel-Dieu, replaced in 1866 by the present church, built in Romanesque Revival style by Canon Robert Norman building on the Saint -Georges-de-Boscherville.

Notre-Dame, the nave and aisles dating from the 13th century, the transepts of the 14th and 15th centuries and the chorus of the first half of the 16th century.

Hotel-Dieu: it was founded by Henry Beauclerc first pilgrims to the attention of the Mont-Saint-Michel before being reformed in 1209 by Hugh de Morville, bishop of Coutances. Hotel-Dieu and its chapel were rebuilt in the 18th century. It now houses the Museum Vire.

The Lock: This impoundment, known as "King's Mill," is known since the 10th century, its presence has contributed to the economic development of the city. Many mills wheat, linen and paper used the driving force Vire and Virenne.

Lake of the Dathée: around the lake (6.1 km), its pedal boats, small boats.

9 hole golf course open all year.

Detailed information
TransportTrain station of Vire
Information pointsTourist Office of Vire
Leisure centresMunicipal Museum of Vire,   Racecourse Robert Auvray
Performance hallsTheatre of the Préau


Every Friday morning, the market drives the city.

At Ascension Rogation Fair. Carousel, fair and flea market invade the city and give a festive air. The festivities end with a magnificent fireworks display.

In July: Festival Virevolte. Between circus, theater and music but also dance or any other form of artistic expression. These shows are free and last 15 days in July.

In October: Andouille is honored and has its own fair. At nightfall, a device for highlighting the main historic buildings unveils heritage for residents and tourists.


An exceptional location: the Viaduct Souleuvre. In 1990 the New Zealander Alan John Hackett has created viaduct Souleuvre the first European site for bungee jumping, which has added over the years the scable. The majestic viaduct, built in 1889 according to plans of Gustave Eiffel, linked by rail to Caen via Granville Vire. Between two steep slopes, foot overpass bathed in the soft Souleuvre and green surrounding grove, which was also a technical feat in itself. It is from one of the piles of the viaduct a bridge was built 140 meters, and a platform to jump to 61 m above the ground.

Horse at Mesnil-Clinchamps and Carville.


The former Hotel Dieu is the museum of the city of VireThe former Hotel Dieu is the museum of the city of Vire


City renowned for its traditional delicatessen meats
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Sunday 1 February
Min. 5°C - Max. 8°C
Monday 2 February
Min. 2°C - Max. 7°C
Tuesday 3 February
Min. 2°C - Max. 5°C


French cuisine restaurantManoir de la Pommeraie  
The Manoir de la Pommeraie gourmet restaurant, located Roullours welcomes you in a charming 18th century manor house. The room appears in shades of yellow and large white tablecloths...
Located 2 km from Vire28 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantCampanile Vire
City of history and culture, the town of Vire, nestled in Calvados, boasts of several historical monuments like the church 'Notre Dame' Gothic to name it. Culture, of course, vitally...
Located in Vire22 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLes Bruyères  
It is in a small village in Normandy Gouvets the Les Bruyères restaurant opens its doors. Enter this charming building and enjoy a modern and warm hues of taupe and raspberry. Claire...
Located 18.4 km from Vire21 € per person 

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Farm with 4 bedroomsChambres d'hòtes Le Puits    
Le Puits is a family run Bed & Breakfast in the village of St Martin des Besaces, also offering camping and caravanning. Perfectly situated for exploring the undulating picturesque...
Located 19.1 km from Vire54 € the double room 
Farm with 2 bedroomsLa Ferme    
You will find in the heart of Swiss Normandy, in the Calvados region, La Ferme Bed & Breakfast / Bed and Breakfast luxury in a recently renovated farmhouse. Having finished the renovation,...
Located 22 km from Vire75 € the double room 
House with 3 bedroomsLe clos des matignon  
Le Clos des Matignon is an old dependency of the officers of the castle of Torigni sur vire now converted into 3 spacious rooms and comfortable. Located in the heart of this small town,...
Located 23 km from VireFrom 105 € to 145 € the double room 

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House for 11 personsGite le moulin de courson
Mill, completely renovated in granite stone, typical of Normandy, along the 'Senen'. Large capacity, private parking, quiet and serenity in the campaign.
Located 15.1 km from VireFrom 320 € to 490 € per week 
House for 6 personsMaison, randonnée, 3***, 3 clés piscine,
House 6 people in the heart of very large village comfort, swimming pool 30 minutes Mont Saint Michel, approved hiking biking, hiking, free wifi, ecological heating.
Located 21 km from VireFrom 395 € to 695 € per week 
Apartment for 8 personsApartment for 8 persons   NEW
You will find the heart of the Suisse Normande, in the Calvados region, La Ferme luxury Bed & Breakfast also available as self catering apartments, in a recently renovated farmhouse....
Located 22 km from VireFrom 400 € to 500 € per week 

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10 places over 3,6 haLe Potager   
Camping municipal quiet and shady, near the city center and near a small pond. All shops nearby.
Located 12.9 km from Vire7 € per day 
6 places over 1 haLe Orchard Camping    NEW
Rural Tranquil site, situated deep within the French countryside, beautiful surroundings and walks perfect to escape for some peace. Situated within our Orchard. Bell tent Glamping...
Located 18 km from VireFrom 19.50 € to 22.50 € per day 
30 places over 3,5 haCamping Le Puits    
Camping Le Puits is a family run campsite in the village of St Martin des Besaces offering camping / caravanning and Bed & Breakfast. Perfectly situated for exploring the undulating...
Located 19.1 km from Vire19 € per day 

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Hôtel Saint-Pierre - Hotel in VireHôtel Saint-Pierre     
Hôtel Saint-Pierre is located in the centre of Vire, just 400 metres from Saine-Anne and Notre-Dame Chruch. It offers a hot tub, a terrace and an onsite bar. The rooms at Hôtel Saint-Pierre...
Located in VireRoom from 68 €
Campanile Vire - Hotel in VireCampanile Vire     
This Campanile hotel is located in the heart of the Bocage Virois, 5 minutes from the centre of Vire. Nearby are the train station and the beaches of La Manche. All guest rooms are...
Located in VireRoom from 53 €
Revotel Vire - Hotel in VireRevotel Vire    
Located a 5-minute drive from the centre of Vire, this hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a restaurant with a terrace. The hotel is located 3 km from Vire Train Station and a 20-minute drive...
Located in VireRoom from 42 €

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Hôtel les Bains de Cabourg - Thalazur
Located in Cabourg, Hôtel les bains de Cabourg - Thalazur is set opposite the sea and offers an on-site thalassotherapy centre. You will have free access...
Château de Bellefontaine
Located 800 metres from central Bayeux and its cathedral, this 18th-century mansion offers elegant guest rooms and a traditional...
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