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Yvoire - Tourism in the Haute-Savoie

On the edge of the Lake Geneva, this gorgeous medieval town of Yvoire is an unmissable stopping point during the visit. Ramparts, fortified gates and the 14th-century castle keep protect the charming flower-bedecked streets. In the ancient vegetable garden of the castle, the Cinq Sens garden is a wonderful plant maze.

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Both sentinel and jewel Geneva, Yvoire combines the strength of its medieval heritage, the sweet life of a city lake. This is its strategic position on the edge of Lake Geneva prompting fifth Amedee the Great, Count of Savoy, to fortify the village in 1306, in the heart of the Dauphiné-Savoie conflict, he built the castle on an old fortress and the surrounding village walls. Castle doors, walls, houses and moat are still present to testify at that time. For a long time, Yvoire return to anonymity and the proud fortress become a humble village of farmers and fishermen. Fifty years mark the beginning of a new era: that of tourism and flowers. Yvoire receive the first prize of flowering in 1959 and awards will follow over the years. In 2002, the village has represented France at the European Competition Bloom and got the International Trophy for Landscape and Horticultural. Yvoire, part of 20 years of the prestigious Association of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, receives many visitors on sunny days, but also receives confidential lovers visit the offseason when the winter wind is singing the old walls frost and the lakeshore.

  • Visit and discover:
  • The medieval village: Medieval village situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, Yvoire is already a lordship when Amadeus V, Count of Savoy, decided in the early 14th century to make an impregnable fortress. It remains to this day remains essential: castle, doors, walls ... This town, now a member of the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, celebrated its 700th anniversary in 2006. Enter in the history of this former fishing village. Guided tours with guides Heritage Country of Savoy from June to September.
  • Garden of the 5 Senses: Inspired by Middle Ages, the garden consists of a maze and several rooms on the green theme of the five senses. You are invited to smell, touch, gaze, listen and sometimes even taste! At the corner of an alley, you will meet one of the gardeners. They care passionately, and the greatest respect for nature, green setting, nestled in the heart of the village. A walk that will appeal young and old. Or guided tour.
  • The Rovorée - The Châtaignière: on nearly 24 acres with a lake frontage 1 km 200, the site Rovorée - The Châtaignière is a set of two public properties belonging to the General Council of Haute-Savoie Conservatory of Coastline and Riparian Shores. Sensitive natural area, welcoming place for family relaxation and promenade, marked trails. Remarkable collection of centuries-old chestnut trees, this property is within walking distance from the greenway starting from the medieval village of Yvoire, or the solar shuttle set up during the summer. An exhibition is organized each year by the General Council of June to September.
  • Cruise aboard the Solar Shuttle: Navigating the greatest silence and gently while enjoying the charm of the peninsula of Lake Geneva. From the sea, passengers will enjoy the breathtaking views of the medieval town, its stone houses, colorful flowers, with in the background, the mountain, the legendary Dent d'Oche the peaks of Voirons. A comment will discover the history of the village, its fishing port, church ... but also know the legend of the "Stone Equarre".
  • Art Galleries: Located in the flowery streets of the village.
  • Craftsmen Pottery, baskets, lamps, art glass ...
Tourist Office of Yvoire
Garden of Five Senses
Gate nernierGate nernier
Harbour fishermen tip RovoréeHarbour fishermen tip Rovorée
Rue d'YvoireRue d'Yvoire
Balcony flowerBalcony flower
Port of fishermen, Yvoire castlePort of fishermen, Yvoire castle
Garden of Five SensesGarden of Five Senses
Garden of Five Senses - A flower garden viewGarden of Five Senses - A flower garden view
Garden of Five Senses - A flower garden of SmellGarden of Five Senses - A flower garden of Smell
View of the castle, with a carpet of fragrant white roses in the foregroundView of the castle, with a carpet of fragrant white roses in the foreground


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