Due to its ideal location at the forefront of Lake Geneva, the village of Yvoire is a central point to enjoy the lake on a boat.
Yvoire, Léman’s gem between lake and mountains
As happiness never comes alone, the view of Yvoire from the lake gives a joyful spectacle. The majestic shape of Yvoire castle stands like a sentinel watching the waters of Lake Geneva. The onion dome of the church of Yvoire sparkles with a thousand fires from where we can see its bells. We could almost see the thousands of flowers which decorate the village reflecting in the waters of the lake.
Further behind the village, the Alps dominate the landscape. When the weather is good, we can even see the summit of Mont Blanc overlooking everything. On the other side, the Franco-Swiss region of Jura leads the eyes towards Geneva from where we can see the magnificent Jet d’Eau. It seems very small from here…
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Enjoy Lake Geneva
To enjoy and navigate on the lake from Geneva to Saint Gingolphe, you have plenty of possibilities from Yvoire:
For tranquil tourists
Like plenty of tourists who visit Yvoire and its area, you can discover the joys of the lake thanks to the General Company of Navigation’s boats (CGN). Land from a Belle Epoque boat to the medieval village or embark for Nyon and visit the Swiss coast. You’ll be enjoying an unforgettable cruise, discovering the shores of the lake.
For sailing lovers
With its two pleasure ports and its position on the junction of the Small Lake and the Large Lake, Yvoire is a true hub for sailing boats in Lake Geneva. Besides, numerous boats are moored at Yvoire all through the year. True internal sea, Lake Geneva offers very variable conditions depending on the weather, from week-end navigation from sportive outings when it’s favorable. Happy sailing!
For the environmentally aware
A solar ship enables to visit Yvoire from open sea during summer. Several times per day, it takes you on the lake in a quiet and ecological way. You can either do a simple tour listening to the history of Yvoire or get to the Domaine de Rovorée – La Châtaignière where you can have a walk in magnificent park on the lakefront.
Go support or develop your muscles to row with the rescue section of Yvoire. Each year during summer, a friendly boat race competition takes place between the different teams of Lake Geneva. They compete on multi-rower wooden boats that subsist for folklore. These are former Léman Rescue Organization’s boats that used to rescue crafts in distress on the lake.
For early risers
If you appreciate the quiet dawn, wake up very early and get to the old port (also called the fishing port). Under the church, while the bells are ringing the first hours of the morning, go and see the fisherman go back from work. He has been navigating for so long and goes back to the port by boat with a sunrise background.
A timeless moment!
And if you’re not a morning person, come and enjoy the sunset in Yvoire! The reflecting rays on the lake when the sun goes down behind the Jura mountains is a wonderful spectacle…
Activities in Yvoire
Yvoire : the TOP 10 Things to Do
- Garden of Five Senses
- Yvoire castle
- Fortified medieval village
- Flowers and old rocks
- Lake Geneva
- Yvoire from the lake
- Saint Pancras church
- Village history
- Local specialities
- La Châtaignière – Rovorée Domain
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