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Vitré is a French commune located in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine (Brittany region). Its inhabitants are the Vitréens and the Vitréennes. The city had 18,037 inhabitants in 2017, making it the 14th largest city in the region and the 522nd in France. It is at the heart of the agglomeration community of Vitré Communauté.

Sub-prefecture of Ille-et-Vilaine until 1926, Vitré is today the capital of the canton. It occupies the Marche region in Upper Brittany. In 2008, the city celebrated its first millennium of known history, although its past is much older. Its important medieval and classical heritage has earned it the City of Art and History label and inclusion in the list of the Most Beautiful Detours in France. Vitré is the 37th French commune with the most historical monuments and includes 14% of the historical monuments of the department. It was promoted to “Ville fleurie”, obtained four flowers in the 2018 winners of the competition for cities and villages in bloom and has two stars in the Michelin Green Guide. Vitré is also concerned by urban sprawl and by cyanobacteria pollution of the Valière pond.



Château de Vitré


Vitré is the city-center of a territory of 98,849 inhabitants which extends, in part, over 4 cantons (Vitré, La Guerche-de-Bretagne, Janzé and Châteaugiron).

Vitré is an urban center with 15,502 jobs in 2008. The urban unit corresponds to the city center, that is to say that there is no agglomeration with the neighboring municipalities, which are too far away. In the sense of INSEE, Vitré is therefore an isolated city.

The urban area of ​​Vitré, made up of twelve peripheral municipalities, had 29,456 inhabitants in 2016, 61% of whom reside in the city center. Since 2002 Vitré has occupied the center of an urban community of 80,000 inhabitants, Vitré Community. In addition, since October 1, 2010, the former district of Vitré is no longer attached to that of Rennes but that of Fougères, the latter being sub-prefecture of the department of Ille-et-Vilaine.

In Breton history, Vitré is part of the Pays Rennes (Bro-Roazhon in Breton) and the traditional cultural country of Vendelais (Gwennel in Breton).

In great circle distance, Vitré is located at:
275 km from Paris
244 km from Brest
132 km from Caen
105 km from Le Mans
104 km from Nantes
87 km from Angers
62 km from Mont-Saint-Michel
40 km from Laval
35 km from Rennes