Latest visit from Vitré
The Vitré twinners came to Lymington
from May 18th 2023
(see report here ...)
(Coronavirus restrictions had prevented celebration of the 40th anniversary of Lymington-Vitré Twinning in 2022)
The latest trip to Vitré took place
6-8th May 2022
(report and photos here)
Coronavirus restrictions meant
LITA's trip to Vitré for May 2020 was cancelled
A previous trip by LITA twinners to Vitré
was 21st-24th April 2018
(see report below)
You must be a current member of LITA
to go on exchange trips or host visitors
Previous exchange visits to Vitré
Lymington twinners trip to Vitré 2018
Vitré twinners visit to Lymington 2015
Lymington twinners trip to Vitré 2014
Vitré twinners visit to Lymington 2013
Lymington twinners trip to Vitré 2012
Vitré twinners visit to Lymington 2011
Vitré is the best-preserved ‘old world’ town in Brittany. It lies south of the Cherbourg peninsula and 22 miles east of Rennes, close to the eastern border of Brittany with Normandy. The old town is built on a spur commanding the deep valley of the river Vilaine. The well preserved castle with shining pepper-pot turrets stands on the edge of the cliff. Much restored, its oldest parts date back to the 13th century. In the old town are many half-timbered houses, making a stroll in the bustling pedestrian streets very enjoyable.
From the 16th to the 18th centuries, Vitré prospered by making hemp and woollen cloth and cotton stockings. Now its industries include knitting mills, shoe manufacture, a large abattoir and tanneries, and its population is around 19,000. The town has a Monday market and all kinds of community facilities serving the wider hinterland.
The surrounding countryside is mixed agricultural land, with interesting towns and villages in easy reach. Mont St Michel, Dinan and Dinard can be reached for day trips, while the town is a good stopping point en route for central and southern France.
Exchange visits to Vitré
Our twinning link with Vitré dates back to 1981. LITA members visit Vitré to stay with our host families and welcome them to stay with us in Lymington in alternate years. We go to Vitré in even number years; and they visit us in odd number years. We mostly travel together by coach usually using the Portmouth-Caen or Portsmouth-St Malo crossings. In 2018 we flew to Rennes. Some members travel independently to extend their stay in France.
Vitré - Lymington Twinning Charters
Vitré - Lymington: 1981
Lymington - Vitré: 1982