Verdant hillsides and hedgerowed fields comprise the backdrop for the Normandy Bocage's principle town of Vire.
Located in southern Calvados, Vire is a former fortified town which has preserved many fine vestiges.
Granite buildings intermingle perfectly with those of the post-war reconstruction period. This modern heritage is best appreciated over a guided tour.
Gourmet enthusiasts are also sure to appreciate Vire's very own speciality - "andouille" smoked chitterling sausage, made according to a recipe that dates back to the 16th century.
Not to be missed: the Virevoltés street art festival in July.