Is there champagne in Vitry-le-François? Of course there’s champagne in Vitry-le-François! Some 480 hectares of champagne producing vineyards are found around the cité rose (as Vitry-le-François is known), and a tourist route snakes around the hillsides.
What could be a better place to arrive in the Champagne vineyards than this marina town, built on the junction between three canals? Founded by Francis I, it has retained all its historical charm. The principal landmarks survived the war and the grid-like layout, around a large central square, was faithfully reproduced during the rebuilding work.
Not far from the Lac du Der lake
The Lac du Der lake, created in 1974, has become a hotspot for tourism, leisure and relaxation. With 77 km of banks and 4800 hectares of water, it offers a broad range of nautical activities and hikes for all the family.
It also hosts an exceptionally beautiful natural spectacle: the arrival of the common cranes. In late October, they gather in their tens of thousands – between 60,000 and 140,000 – before setting off on their migration to Spain and Morocco. This natural spectacle occurs a little later in the year, in around February, when the birds leave in the direction of the Scandinavian countries.
Did you know ?
Vitry-le-François is called “the pink city”.
A Thousand ways to discover Vitry-le-François and around…
Would you like to discover the city and the unique heritage ? The tourist office of Lac du Der will advise and support you in the organization of your stay !
Zigzagging along small roads amidst hills, mountains and fields, the circuit is around 37 miles long and runs through 15 villages typical of the region’s hedged farmland. The route links 15 towns in and around Vitry: Vitry-le-François, Saint-Amand-sur-Fion, Saint-Lumier-en-Champagne, Lisse-en-Champagne, Bassu, Vanault-le-Chatel, Vanault-les-Dames, Rosay, Val-de-Vière, Doucey, Vavray-le-Petit, Vavray-le-Grand, Bassuet, Changy and Vitry-en-Perthois.