The last invasion of Yvoire is surely by the greenery.
When stolling in the streets, you could enjoy many flowers and the famous Garden of the Fives Senses (entrance fee).
Since many years Yvoire is elected among the most beautiful bloomed village of France.
Even though I had never heard of Yvoire, I think everyone in France knows about it. The tiny little town was jammed with tourists! It probably didn't help that it was August, the time when many French people are on holiday.
There's not much in terms of places to visit besides the Garden of the Five Senses (Jardin des Cinq Sens), the Castle is not open to visitors, so our visit here was spent strolling the cobblestone streets of this medieval village which is crammed with not only tourists but all of the things you typically find in a tourist destination-shops selling food, crafts and souvenirs and lots of places to eat and drink.
That's the first thought that comes in my mind when somebody mentiones Yvoire. And that's what I (mostly, at least) did there. It's also a fine place to start discovering the French shore of Lake Geneva (or Lac Leman, as the French call it), but I'll return to this point later.
Yvoire is ideal for a stroll because of a number of factors. First, it's quie compact and, thus, won't tire you in the process. Second, it's a refreshing place even in summer -- Lake Geneva is not there for nothing, after all! Then, it is pleasing to eye, with itsreally cute houses decorated with colorful (they seemed mostly of various tones of red to me) flower-boxes.
If you like strolling in the streets of a medieval town and have a look around at the many craftwork shops and art galeries, this is the place to be. You'll love it.
If you are a flower freek like me, you won' t have enough eyes admiring the colourful scenery. Enjoy !