Stationed at the Gateway to Brittany, the town of Vitré, protected by its castle, was for a very long time one of the sentinels which guarded the borders of the Duchy of Brittany. Today it is the meeting point of different roads into Brittany.
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A remarkably preserved historic centre
The Art and History town of Vitré has taken good care of its exceptional architectural heritage. The town prospered from the 15th century onwards thanks to international trade in hemp canvas. On the left bank of the Vilaine, on the rocky spur topped by the spectacular triangular fortress, the upper town has splendid mansions and the Flamboyant-Gothic church of Notre Dame. It is very pleasant to wander around the narrow streets and stop off for a meal in a restaurant to taste delicious local specialities. Our owners are sure to know some good places ! On the right bank, the district of Rachapt successfully preserved its typical half-timbered houses at the beginning of the 20th century thanks to the efforts of its knitting women workers, emblematic figures of this working-class neighbourhood in days gone by.
A fairy tale castle
Standing on its rocky promontory, Vitré castle, one of the finest in Ille et Vilaine, looks out over the winding river Vilaine and the surrounding countryside. Originally built in the 11th century, then rebuilt and strengthened several times between the 13th and 15th centuries, it reminds us of the defensive role played by the town situated on the Brittany Marches. This fine example of Breton, medieval, military architecture is today a museum and the Mairie (town hall). Its impressive design includes high curtain walls with a round tower at each corner and an imposing ‘chatelet’ entrance.
La Marquise de Sévigné
How to get to Vitré
Situated between Paris and Rennes, Vitré is under 2 hours from Paris by train and only 3 hours 20 minutes by train. It can also be reached by car from Rennes via dual-carriageway in around 40 minutes.