Welcome to Yvoire:
Inescapable gem of Lake Geneva

Visit Yvoire – Haute-Savoie – France

Yvoire castle on Lake Geneva
Yvoire castle on Lake Geneva

Yvoire is a medieval city built in the early 14th century. Located on the French shore of Lake Geneva, between Geneva and Evian, the village of Yvoire is nicknamed the “gem of the lake”.

  • Flowery medieval village on the shore of Lake Geneva, classified among the Most Beautiful Villages in France
  • 700 years of History, with the ramparts, the fortified gates and the impressive castle of the 14th century
  • The Garden of the Five Senses, a Remarkable Garden to discover with your 5 senses wide awake
  • Some beautiful shops and restaurants to enjoy and savor your day fully
Yvoire top 10 activities

Top 10 activities at Yvoire

Here are the 10 must-do activities not to be missed during your visit in the medieval city of Yvoire.

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Yvoire history

FAQ & practical info

You will find the answers to prepare your visit to the medieval village of Yvoire in Haute-Savoie.

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Garden of the Five Senses - Yvoire

The Garden of the 5 Senses

This little green paradise nestled in the heart of the village invites you to a poetic discovery of plants.

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Yvoire hotels

There are 5 hotels in Yvoire.
There are also other accommodations in Yvoire and in the region around Lake Geneva, in Haute-Savoie (France) as well as in neighboring Switzerland.

Hotel Villa Cécile - Yvoire - Haute-Savoie-France

Villa Cécile ****

4 stars hotel-restaurant with spacious rooms, swimming pool, sauna and restaurant.

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Hotel du Port - Yvoire - Haute-Savoie-France

Hôtel du Port ****

4 stars hotel-restaurant built in 1820 with view on the port and the Lake Geneva.

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Hotel Jules Verne - Yvoire - Haute-Savoie-France

Le Jules Verne ****

4 star hotel-restaurant with a breathtaking view of the marina of Yvoire.

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Hotel Pré de la Cure - Yvoire - Haute-Savoie-France

Le Pré de la Cure ***

3 stars hotel-restaurant with pool, sauna and view of the ramparts.

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Hotel Vieux Logis - Yvoire - Haute-Savoie-France

Le Vieux Logis ***

3 stars hotel-restaurant with medieval architecture in the heart of the village.

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One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France

Garden of the Five Senses
The Garden of the Five Senses in front of the medieval castle. In the foreground, the cloister.

Your five senses wide awake

In the heart of the village, don’t miss the occasion to visit the Garden of Five Senses classified “Remarkable Garden” by the Ministry of Culture. This little piece of green heaven invites you to a poetic discovery of the plants with your five senses.

Everything is made for your pleasure: the pleasure of your eyes with the colorful landscape provided by the arrangement of the flowers, the pleasure of stroking the softness of the foliage, the pleasure of smelling the roses, the pleasure of listening to the birds and the whispering of the water, the pleasure of finally going back to the true tastes of your childhood…

Yvoire, the medieval ramparts
Some houses of the village were built into the ramparts and some windows were made through them.

Flowers and history

Flowery medieval village, Yvoire was rewarded many times and is classified amongst the Most Beautiful Villages in France for the charm of its alleys which lead to Lake Geneva and its old rocks which invite the visitor to immerse themselves in the history of Savoie.

In the fortified center, you will travel back to Middle-Age by discovering the gates and ramparts which used to protect the village and the castle from the modern era to discover a picturesque site which has perfectly been preserved.

Sunrise at Yvoire castle
Sunrise over Lake Geneva, behind the Yvoire castle.

A magical break in front of Lake Geneva

Finally enjoy one of the terraces to sip a glass or have dinner in front of the spectacular landscape of Lake Geneva, Jura, Switzerland and the Alps.

Yvoire is a magical place where authenticity and history are mixed. The weather comes as expected…

Pictures of Yvoire

Here are some photographs of the medieval village of Yvoire, with the port of YvoireYvoire castle, the Garden of Five Senses and Lake Geneva.

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Yvoire castle
Yvoire castle, unavoidable icon of the village.
Lake Geneva CGN's boat
L’Italie, the CGN’s paddle boat leaving the port of Yvoire.
Yvoire : Old rescue boat
A boat with oars from Yvoire rescue section.
Fisherman on Lake Geneva
From Yvoire, the snow-capped Alps and Lake Geneva are bathed in the sunset.
Yvoire : swan at sunrise
Yvoire, sunrise on Lake Geneva. The swans are already on a stroll.

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