Looking for calm and authenticity? Maybe you’ll find it in Vire, Normandy! Halfway between Caen and Mont Saint-Michel, the district boasts an impressively vibrant economy, and is set in unspoilt countryside.

In the heart of Normandy’s woodlands

  • 17,000 inhabitants, 8 municipalities
  • 30 minutes from Saint-Lô and Flers, 50 minutes from Caen
  • 35 minutes from the sea
  • 1 railway station (Paris-Granville line)
  • 200 community associations
  • €1,555/m² on average (source : DVF/PAP Nov. 2023)

Top 5 reasons to move to Vire, Normandy

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An ideal blend of town and country

The town of Vire is nestled in the heart of the “bocage”, a rolling green landscape typical of the Calvados area.

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Everything you could need, close by

Shops, public services, sporting and cultural facilities… Nothing’s missing here! Vire Normandy also boasts excellent health care facilities (hospital, private clinic, health centre, dental surgery).

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A town centre full of character

With its medieval buildings (Porte-Horloge, Church of Notre-Dame, castle keep) and Reconstruction architecture, the centre of Vire is full of charm.

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A lively social life

Theatre, cinema, shows, community life: there’s never a dull moment in Vire!

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Sustainable development

The town has made preserving biodiversity and protecting nature an integral part of its commitments. Cit’ergie, APIcité, EcoQuartier, Territoire à Énergie Positive: its many accreditations testify to this.

Helping you get setted in Vire, Normandy

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To make the process easier and find out which departments to contact before moving to Vire, Normandy, visit the town’s website (“Démarches, Services et Informations” section).

Keep up to date with the new municipality’s projects and news on its https://www.facebook.com/virenormandieFacebook page, updated all year round!

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What not to miss in Vire, Normandy

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Vire Museum

Reopened in 2021 after an extensive refurbishment, the museum encourages visitors to discover the history of the region using the very latest technology (games, animated films, multimedia, sensory displays, etc.).

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La Dathée Lake

8km away from the centre of Vire, this 43-hectare lake is a popular spot in summer for running, walking, paddling or enjoying a picnic. An 18-hole golf course is located close by.

And also…

Le Préau
Le Préau is Normandy’s National Dramatic Arts Centre, a venue dedicated to artistic creation and hosting cross-disciplinary performances. Vire in Normandy is the smallest town in France to have this kind of cultural facility.

La Halle Michel Drucker
No need to travel miles away for a night out! Concerts, theatre, comedy, conferences… Around fifty events are held each year in this venue, which bears the name of the town’s most famous inhabitant!

Aquavire
With two pools (sport and leisure), a 76 m slide, a beach-volleyball area and a wellness zone (sauna and hammam), the aquatic complex promises to be a great family outing.

Working in Vire, Normandy: the manufacturing industry could be waiting for you!

As the economic spearhead of the region, Vire boasts around 11,000 jobs and 800 businesses.

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The manufacturing industry, which has a long history in the region, remains particularly strong and diversified, with companies in the metallurgy, agri-food and transport sectors. Guy Degrenne, whose Vire factory has been awarded the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) label, is one of the leading examples.

Other iconic companies in the area, such as Thibaut (manufacturer of machinery tools), Chauvin Arnoux (measuring equipment and instruments), Legoupil Industrie (modular industrial buildings), Design Partner (personalised textiles) and La Normandise (dog and cat food) recruit regularly.

The agricultural and equine sectors are also present. In 2024, the Vire racecourse is opening a training school for young horse trainers who wish to get into the business, the first of its kind in France.

Setting up a business in Vire, Normandy

With a thriving economy, 12 business parks and access to the A84 motorway (leading to Rennes and Caen) nearby, establishing your business here is a tempting option. Especially asthe living environment offers a fantastic opportunity for you and your employees to achieve a better work-life balance!

The Vire au Noireau Economic Development Department can help you develop your project and find the ideal land or premises.

The Viverot Business Centre offers office and storage space. For solopreneurs or digital nomads, Station V, a private coworking space, is just the place.

Learning and studying in Vire, Normandy, from nursery school to higher education

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Vire has everything you need for your children’s education. The area has 8 pre-schools (including 1 independent one) and 12 local primary schools (including 1 independent one). Pupils can go on to study at 3 collèges, 4 lycées (including 1 agricultural lycée and 1 vocational lycée) and one MFR (vocational college), La Florie Vire.

Academic establishments in Vire, Normandy

A number of establishments also offer higher education courses: the Jean Mermoz professional lycée (BTS in the fashion industry), GRETA Portes Normandes (BTS in optics and eyewear) and the IUMM Grand Ouest Normandie training centre.

Vire Normandy also has an IFSIS-IFAS (training for nurses and care providers) and a branch of the IUT Grand Ouest Normandie, offering a Health, Safety and Environment vocational degree. 

In this small and friendly student zone, the VN2C Connected Campus (accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research) enables anyone who wants to study remotely to gain a qualification (from BTS to master’s) in almost any field (languages, humanities, law, tourism, agriculture, science, nutrition, accountancy, social sciences, and more)!

What’s on in Vire, Normandy

  • Les Virevoltés
    Summer
    Every year, for almost two weeks, this street arts festival entertains local residents with theatre, dance, circus and acrobatics… It’s free fun for all the family!
  • Festi’Vire
    June
    A giant picnic in the Place du Château and karaoke concerts with famous French singers: what’s not to love? Nearly 10,000 participants attend the event every year.
  • Horse racing at Vire racecourse
    Year-round
    Horse racing is a sporting extravaganza in its own right. Thirteen races are held at the racecourse every year (Grand National, Quinté, PMU races, etc.), with plenty of entertainment for all the family.
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Useful information in Vire, Normandy


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