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Vitré (Breton: Gwitreg; Gallo: Vitræ) is a in the département of Ille-et-Vilaine, in the region of Brittany, France. Vitré lies on the edge of Brittany, near Normandy Maine and Anjou. The town has been designated a ville d'art et d'histoire, a town of artistic and historic significance, by the Ministry of Culture in recognition of its rich cultural heritage.


Vitré is a medieval town very beautiful with a rich cultural heritage. It is a very good example of the medieval cities with castles, churches, very old houses (15th century), historic monuments, parks and nature. The site of Vitré was occupied in Gallo-Roman times. The name Vitré comes from the Gallo-Roman name "Victor" or "Victrix", after the owner of a farm in the region. The year 1000 marked the formal birth of Vitré, when the duke of Brittany Geoffrey I bestowed feudal powers upon Riwallon Le Vicaire, who was charged with keeping this strategic area as a buffer zone of the "Marches of Brittany".

Get in[edit]

Located east of Brittany, the city of Vitré is crossed by the expressway which prolongs motorway A 11, while the motorway of the Estuaries. As in the whole of the Ille-et-Vilaine département, the communes of the country of Vitré are accessible by these expressways (Paris - Rennes).

The Station of Vitré has a lot of trains' stops. The easiest way to get to Vitré from Paris is through Gare Montparnasse. There are trains almost a few per day and the ride is 1hrs and 56 min.

The airport is in Rennes - Saint-Jacques (40 km ≈ 25 miles).

Get around[edit]

Vitré is unique in that urban transportation is free for all routes.



  • Castle of Vitré (11th-20th century)
  • Remparts, Claviers' Tower, Bridole's Tower
  • Rochers-Sévigné Castle
  • Château-Marie (17th century)
  • Hôtel Ringues de la Troussanais (Renaissance)
  • Medieval streets (Beaudrairie, Poterie, d'Embas, etc.) and places (Marchix, Station, Château, Notre-Dame, etc.)

Religious heritage[edit]

  • Saint-Nicolas Chapel (near Castle of Vitré)
  • Notre-Dame Church (14th century) gothic
  • Tower of the ancient Saint-Martin's Church (15th century)
  • Saint-Martin Church (19th century)
  • Sainte-Croix Church (17th-19th century)
  • Protestant Church
  • Convent of Bénédictins (Tribunal)
  • Convent of Augustins (17th century)
  • Chapels, calvaries situated in the city and countryside

Other monuments[edit]

  • Menhir "La Pierre Blanche" (Beauvais Road to Pocé-les-Bois)
  • Hôtel Sévigné-Nétumières (18th Century)
  • The Station (19th century)
  • Old barracks of 70e régiment d'infanterie
  • The Grand Park


Visit the city, museums, religious heritage, golf, etc.


Souvenirs of Vitré


Traditional cuisine[edit]

  • Le Potager, 5 Place du Général Leclerc.
  • La Soupe aux Choux, 32 Rue Notre-Dame.
  • Le Petit Pressoir, 20 Rue de Paris.
  • Au Vieux Vitré (dans le centre historique), 1 are Embas.
  • Restaurant Le Chêne Vert, 2 Place du Général de Gaulle.
  • Restaurant Le Saint Yves, 1 Place Saint-Yves.
  • Restaurant l'Espérance (référence locale pour les grands banquets), 21 bd Rochers.
  • Le Coligny, 5 Place de la République.

Regional cuisine[edit]

  • Le Pichet, 17 Boulevard de Laval.
  • Auberge Saint Louis, 31 rue Notre-Dame. Site classé XVe siècle, terrasse, à deux pas du Château et près de l'Église Notre-Dame. Situé sous les porches
  • La Taverne de l'Ecu, 12 Rue Beaudrairie. Cadre médiéval du 16 ème siècle


  • La Gavotte, 7 Rue des Augustins. (au pied du château, produits biologiques et ambiance bretonne
  • L'Auberge du Château, 34 Rue d'Embas. Maison à pan de bois du XVe siècle, au pied des anciennes fortifications
  • Crêperie La Gourmandise, 26 Rue Embas.
  • La Fleur de Sel, 4 Rue Notre Dame.
  • Crêperie des Arts, 1 Rue Duguesclin.

Fast food[edit]

  • Mac Donald's, Place Villajoyosa (Forum de la Trémoïlle).
  • Varto Kebab, 4 rue Duguesclin.

International cuisine[edit]

  • Hao Heng, 9 Rue Garengeot. Chinese
  • La Médina, 3 Place Notre-Dame. Moroccan
  • Pizzeria L'Arlequin, 25 are Beaudrairie.
  • L'Ecuyer, 2 Rue Garangeot.


  • La Source, Le Bouffort (Direction La Guerche-de-Bretagne). Nightclub
  • Le Jack Daniel's, 14 Rue de Brest (direction Rennes et Fougères). Nightclub
  • Bressañ Pub, 3 Rue de la Trémoïlle. Nightclub decked out as a medieval building.
  • Le Chêne Vert, 2 place du Général de Gaulle.
  • Les Voyageurs, 28 rue Garengeot.
  • Le France, 9 place du Général de Gaulle.
  • L'Hakuna, 26 rue Neuve A front of gare-station, very nice bar for a nice moment..
  • Le Guy XVI, 24 Rue Embas.
  • Le Machin Truk, 25 Rue Embas. Popular student bar
  • L'Aston Bar, 7 Rue Embas.
  • Le Billy's Bar, 44 Rue Poterie.
  • Ewan Café, 32 Rue Poterie.
  • Le Triskell, 26 Rue Notre Dame.
  • Le Chat Noir, 24 Rue Notre Dame. 15th century interior


  • Hôtel du Château, 5 Rue Rallon.
  • Hôtel Ibis, Boulevard Châteaubriant.
  • Hôtel Le Minotel, 47 Rue Poterie.
  • Hôtel Le Petit Billot, 5 place du Général Leclerc.
  • Hôtel Restaurant La Grenouillère, Route Ernée (RD 777).
  • Hôtel-Restaurant L'Espérance, 21 boulevard des Rochers.

Go next[edit]

It is fairly easy to travel in France, therefore it would be clever to take advantage of the beautiful cities and coastal scenery in Brittany (Rennes, Dinan, Fougères). Saint-Malo, a wonderful coastal town on the English Channel, is only 45 minutes by TGV and usually costs less than €10. Buses are also available for less, but take a bit longer.

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