There are two parts to this town, one the old medieval city and the other a more modern area. The medieval city was built round a fortress in the 11th century. In 1092 the townspeople rose up against their lord and sought the protection of Henri Beauclerc, son of William the Conqueror, who later became King of England. There are commanding views from the fortress over the surrounding countryside.


This town was the scene of the start of the German counter attack in 1944. Almost all the town was destroyed by shelling in this battle and so very few of the old buildings remain.

There is a very pretty waterfall called the Grande Cascade with areas suitable for picnics.


Vire is quite a large town with a very good market on a Friday morning. This town also suffered during WW2 with over 70% of the houses being demolished.

In the main square is one of the old gates which was built in 13th century and is called the Porte Horloge.

There is also a large water complex with several pools, a sauna and a Jacuzzi.

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