Vitre tourism and travel guide

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Visit Vitre: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: A town not be missed, Vitré has a superb historic centre with numerous fascinating medieval buildings

Vitre is situated in the Ille-et-Vilaine department and Brittany region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Vitre. For detailed visitor information see the Vitre travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Vitre include "recommended detour", "secteur sauvegarde" and "town of art and history". It is unusual for a town to have 3 awards, which indicates how important Vitre is as a tourist destination!

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Vitre in Brittany.

Popular places to visit nearby include Fougeres at 25 km and Laval at 33 km.

Vitre, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 23 km (direction west-south-west)

The castle and towers in the heart of old Chateaugiron help explain why it...

See Chateaugiron guide


at 25 km (direction west-south-west)

The castle and historic lower town are the main attraction, but be sure to...

See Fougeres guide


at 33 km (direction east), in the Mayenne department

The castle, the river and the historic centre make the substantial town of Laval...

See Laval guide


at 34 km (direction north-north-west)

Most visitors to Saint-Brice-en-Cogles also enjoy the tour of the local castles and manor...

See Saint-Brice-en-Cogles guide


at 35 km (direction west)

An unmissable highlight in the region, Rennes has a very picturesque medieval centre...

See Rennes guide
Les Jardins des Renaudies

Les Jardins des Renaudies

Garden at 41 km (direction north-east), in the Mayenne department

Les Jardins des Renaudies is a pretty garden in north-west France...

See Les Jardins des Renaudies guide
Mayenne (town)

Mayenne (town)

at 49 km (direction east-north-east), in the Mayenne department

Quite a small town, the highlight of a visit to Mayenne is the nearby...

See Mayenne (town) guide


at 51 km (direction west-north-west)

Combourg is best known for the Chateau de Combourg, once home to Chateaubriand, the...

See Combourg guide


at 62 km (direction north-west)

The lovely old town in Dol-de-Bretagne ensure it remains one of the most popular...

See Dol-de-Bretagne guide


at 64 km (direction north-west)

Mont Dol is a small village with a hill top on which stands a...

See Mont-Dol guide


at 65 km (direction west-south-west)

Langon is home to an ancient chapel with a Roman fresco...

See Langon guide

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Map of places to visit near Vitre


Markets in and near Vitre

Market days in Vitre: weekly market: Monday;

  • Vitre: market Monday (0km)
  • Chateaubourg: market Friday (14km)
  • Port-Brillet: market Tuesday (18km)
  • La Guerche-de-Bretagne: market Tuesday (20km)
  • Saint-Aubin-du-Cormier: market Thursday (20km)
  • Chateaugiron: market Thursday (24km)
  • Liffre: market Friday (24km)
  • Fougeres: market Saturday (25km)
  • Thorigne-Fouillard: market Sunday (28km)
  • Janze: market Wednesday (28km)

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Tourist attractions near Vitre, France

What to do at Vitre? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Vitre.

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Chateau-Gontier (50km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin des fontaines et parc de l’Athanor (23km)
  • Jardins de la Pellerine (24km)
  • Parc et jardin de Clivoy (28km)
  • Parc floral de Haute-Bretagne (33km)
  • Parc et jardins du château de Craon (36km)
  • Parc du château de Bonnefontaine (43km)
  • Jardin du château de La Ballue (43km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Étang de la Valière (5km)
  • Étang de la Cantache (5km)
  • Étang de Paintourteau (6km)
  • Étang de Haute-Vilaine (8km)
  • Forêt du Pertre (12km)
  • Étang de Châtillon-en-Vendelais (12km)
  • Forêt de Chevré (15km)
  • Source - Couesnon (24km)
  • Complexe forestier Rennes-Liffré-Chèvre, étang et lande d'Ouée, forêt de Haute-Sève (26km)
  • Forêt de Rennes (28km)
  • Abbaye Notre-Dame du Nid-au-Merle (29km)
  • Forêt de Fougères (30km)
  • Étangs du canal d'Ille-et-Rance (40km)
  • Réserve naturelle régionale du Marais de Sougeal (48km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Juvigne (18km)
  • Cesson-Sevigne (29km)
  • Chartres-de-Bretagne (38km)
  • Le Rheu (43km)
  • Saint-Fraimbault (55km)
  • Coudray (56km)

Geography and distances

Vitre is in the north-west of France at 35 kilometres from Rennes, the department capital (general information: Vitre is 275 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Vitre

Canton: Vitré

Arrondissement: Rennes

Department: Ille-et-Vilaine

Region: Brittany

Postcode: 35500

Distance to Vitre

from Rennes (prefecture): 35 km

from Paris: 275 km

from Calais: 384 km

from Nice: 819 km

from Bordeaux: 369 km

from Strasbourg: 664 km

Getting here

Most visitors Most UK visitors arrive by car with the cross-channel ferry port at Saint Malo keeping driving time to a minimum. For driving distances to Vitre from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 4 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Balaze, Landavran, Montreuil-sous-Perouse and Poce-les-Bois.

This page in French: Visiter Vitre