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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Calvados

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.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude48.8377810 (N 48° 50’ 16”)
Longitude-0.8884820 (W 0° 53’ 19”)
AltitudeFrom 84m to 351m
Surface area138.52 km²
Population18766 inhabitants
Density135 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureCaen (64 km, 51 min)
Insee code14762
IntercommunalityCC de Vire

Nearest cities & towns

Campagnolles6.2 km (13 min)
Le Mesnil-Robert6.5 km (14 min)
Saint-Manvieu-Bocage6.6 km (14 min)
Mesnil-Clinchamps7.7 km (16 min)
Le Mesnil-Benoist7.7 km (16 min)
Beaumesnil9.4 km (19 min)
Le Mesnil-Caussois9.5 km (20 min)
Landelles-et-Coupigny9.8 km (20 min)
Champ-du-Boult10 km (21 min)
Gathemo10.3 km (21 min)
Sept-Frères10.8 km (22 min)
Le Ménil-Ciboult10.9 km (22 min)
Saint-Quentin-les-Chardonnets11.1 km (23 min)
Saint-Christophe-de-Chaulieu11.4 km (23 min)

Things to see and do

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.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Performance halls

Events and festivities

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.


The former Hotel Dieu is the museum of the city of Vire
The former Hotel Dieu is the museum of the city of Vire
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Sunday 22 october
Min. 9°C - Max. 11°C
Monday 23 october
Min. 9°C - Max. 15°C
Tuesday 24 october
Min. 13°C - Max. 18°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

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.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
All-seasons mountain coaster
Entertainment4 € Souleuvre-en-Bocage (12.7 km)
Canoe-kayak at the heart of Swiss Normandy
Nature and the great outdoors8 € Le Hom (34 km)
Flight over Mont Saint-Michel Bay on Ultralight Trike or Autogyro – 30 mins
Sports sensations120 € Le Val-Saint-Père (42 km)
Flight over Mont Saint-Michel Bay by Ultralight Trike or Autogyro – 20 mins
Sports sensations80 € Le Val-Saint-Père (42 km)
Premium Flight over Mont Saint-Michel Bay by Ultralight Trike or Autogyro – 1 hr
Sports sensations190 € Le Val-Saint-Père (42 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Around Lande Pourrie
Car itineraryEasy4h00Saint-Cyr-du-Bailleul (31 km)
Pays Domfrontais
Car itineraryEasy5h00Soucé (44 km)
Crossing of Mont-Saint-Michel Bay
HikeIntermediate3h30Le Mont-Saint-Michel (51 km)
Cotentin Peninsula
Car itineraryEasy7h00Carentan-les-Marais (58 km)


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