Yvoire Travel Guide

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Yvoire Things to Do

  • Walk the Streets

    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.

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  • Church of St. Pancras

    One of the landmarks in Yvoire is the church of Saint Pancras. It dates back from eleventh century when it was much smaller but renovated, rebuilt and enlarged many times since then. It has an onion-shaped dome that was built in Savoyard and Piedmontese style that was typical in late 19th century. It was closed late in the evening but we could...

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  • Castle

    The Castle of Yvoire was another interesting building we saw during our visit. It was built on an ancient fortified site between 1306 and 1311 by Amadeus V (count of Savoy) founder of Yvoire town. It was burnt down during 16th century during the conflicts of the local dukes. The castle was protected by a moat, high walls and a drawbridge. Bouviers...

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  • Architecture

    Yvoire has an exceptionnal location on the French shoreside of Geneva Lake. During the Middle Age the city was fortified due to its strategical position. In the XVIst century after fierce battle, the castle was burned and the village turn into a more peacefully place by hosting fishermen and farmers. Nowadays you could still admire these past...

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  • the town

    Strolling around the streets of Yvoire is the best thing you can do here. This old medieval village that was fortified by Amadeus V (count of Savoy) in early 14th century was always considered important due to its strategic location. Even today it’s really amazing to see how it is placed right next to Geneval lake. During the day you can see and...

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  • The Castle of Yvoire

    The Castle of Yvoire was another interesting building we saw during our visit. It was built on an ancient fortified site between 1306 and 1311 by Amadeus V (count of Savoy) founder of Yvoire town. It was burnt down during 16th century during the conflicts of the local dukes.The castle was protected by a moat, high walls and a drawbridge. Bouviers...

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  • The church of Yvoire

    One of the landmarks in Yvoire is the church of Saint Pancras. It dates back from eleventh century when it was much smaller but renovated, rebuilt and enlarged many times since then. It has an onion-shaped dome that was built in Savoyard and Piedmontese style that was typical in late 19th century.It was closed late in the evening but we could still...

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  • Another fairytale looking castle

    The castle was built between 1306 and 1311 by the count of Savoy, Amedee V, on an ancient fortified site and was enclosed by crenellated walls and protected by a moat and drawbridge.In the 16th century, during the wars fought between the duke of Savoy and his enemies of the time,(the French, the Bernese and the Genevese), the castle was burned down...

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  • The Garden of Five Senses

    Beautiful, peacefully ans so original !Taking its inspiration from the Middle Ages, this garden elaborates the theme of the five senses in the maze and in the various green spaces. Smell, touch, contemplate, listen, and sometimes taste! From time immemorial, gardens have symbolized Paradise Lost. . . medicinal and aromatic herbs, fruit trees,...

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  • Yvoire la dorée

    You could not miss the steeple of Saint Pancras Church. Its onion-shaped dome was built in the XIXth century. Due to the rust damages, it was renovated with stainless steel and gold leaves for the top bowl and cock. A bright steeple visible far away.

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  • Yvoire la verte

    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.

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  • Yvoire la bleue

    To access to Yvoire, the best and relaxing way is by boat on the Geneva lake. From Geneva or Lausanne Ouchy, it is a pleasant 1h45mn cruise.

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Yvoire Hotels

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Yvoire Restaurants

  • Le Chardon

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful food, good service. Here is a sample of their menus. This one is for 18 Euros. Menu du Marmiton (sauf samedis soirs, dimanches et jours fériés) Millefeuille de tomates et mozzarella au basilic ou Soupe glacée de melon à la menthe fraîche Médaillon de mignon de porc rôti à la graine de moutarde de Meaux ou Escalope de saumon poêlée,...

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  • Restaurant de la Vieille Porte

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The food was fine - the service was atrocious. I had the perch fillets and they came with fries - I don't like fries but they're passable if I add ketchup. So I asked for some and was basically treated as a stupid foreigner - the waiter went to another table and insulted me, not knowing I could understand him. He kept pointing towards my table and...

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  • la creperie d'Yvoire

    3 out of 5 stars

    We were between meals but I couldn't pass up a snack after seeing gelato stands and crepe stands every few feet. It was a rather warm day and the line for the gelato was loooong so I opted for a crepe instead with my favorite filling, nutella and banana. It's cheaper if you get it to go, I think it was 3E for my crepe. Sorry, I forgot to take a...

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  • Restaurant La Perche

    This old fisherman house offers a cosy place and shaded terrace to taste the famous “filets de perche” with one of the 18 home-made recipes. Do not think that these fishes are from the Geneva lake… tons are needed to feed all the thousands of hungry Yvoire visitors ;-) Filets de perche of course!

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  • Very rude service

    The food was fine - the service was atrocious. I had the perch fillets and they came with fries - I don't like fries but they're passable if I add ketchup. So I asked for some and was basically treated as a stupid foreigner - the waiter went to another table and insulted me, not knowing I could understand him. He kept pointing towards my table and...

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  • Perch filets

    Nestled on the shore of Lake Geneva the "Charming Hotel" and "une Grande Table" welcome you between flowers in the Medieval Village of Yvoire. Ask for perch filets and crayfish au gratin, or fried perch filets and lemon sauce and youwon't be disappointed.

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  • Inside or outside 700 years old walls

    At the entrance of the medieval village, with a great view on the Geneva Lake, this place exists since 1587 and is probably the oldest bar in Yvoire. Perch filets are the speciality of most of the restaurants at Geneva Lake. You can taste them here with melted butter and lemon, with cream and mushrooms, with crayfish and cardamome flavour.

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  • Small and cosy

    This old fisherman house offers a cosy place and shaded terrace to taste the famous “filets de perche” with one of the 18 home-made recipes. Do not think that these fishes are from the Geneva lake… tons are needed to feed all the thousands of hungry Yvoire visitors ;-) Filets de perche of course!

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  • Cafe always open and good

    Cafe but also they serve food. The terrace is nice in summer. It is always open when others are closed. coffee, hot-chocolate, ham and cheese sand-witch

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Yvoire Transportation

  • Cruise

    This is a must do. When you're in Evian or Thonon-les-Bains, make a day-trip to Yvoire. A return ticket costs you 25 € but it's really worth it on a sunny day. The boat takes you slowly along the lakeside . Beautiful scenery is waiting for you. And then you arrive in the colourful Yvoire...

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  • Road trip

    To get to Yvoire from Geneva, we enjoyed a leisurely ride along a country road (D25) that passed through some lovely little villages to get to Yvoire, it was barely imperceptible that you were passing from Switzerland to France as there was no border guard, at least not that day. Remember to take your passport though if you are coming from...

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  • how to go there

    Yvoire is 15km from Thonon-les-Bains, 27km from Evian, 27km from Geneva, 64km from Montreaux, 90km from Lausanne By carWe drove from Lausanne through the scenic road next to Geneva lake. Easy to do the trip from Geneva too as it is only 27km away through D25 road that will take you from Switzerland to France. There is a modern (and a bit faster)...

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Yvoire Local Customs

  • Prices Cafe/Bar/Restaurant

    This board show you that you will pay different prices depending on your location : - at the bar (the cheapest), - in the restaurant (the most expensive) - on the terrace (the best place to be of course ;-)

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  • Different price at different place

    This board show you that you will pay different prices depending on your location : - at the bar (the cheapest), - in the restaurant (the most expensive) - on the terrace (the best place to be of course ;-)

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  • Santa Claus lives in Yvoire?

    My French is a little rusty, I can do the important things like reading menus, but reading the sign near this "work of art" it appeared that the artist was trying to claim that Santa Claus lived in Yvoire when he wasn't busy up in the North Pole. I'm afraid that I remain a little skeptical...

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Yvoire Warnings and Dangers

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    by Dabs Written Aug 25, 2007

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    I've encountered squat toilets before, in places like rural Turkey and China, but I never expected to see them in a tourist city in France! At least it was free...

    The other public toilet I used in Annecy France didn't have any toilet paper, I guess you get what you pay for!

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Yvoire Off The Beaten Path

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    by Tripack Written Aug 18, 2008

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    Be careful at busy days in high season (july-august), hundreds of tourists will walked around the medieval village.

    I would recommend you to make a reservation if you will eat in a restaurant with view.

    Traffic jam at peaks hours ;-)
    Related to:
    • Adventure Travel
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Arts and Culture

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Yvoire Favorites

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  • Tour Pass

    An useful pass if you want to visit and enjoy Yvoire at the max. This pass is available at the tourist centre for the price of EUR 20 for adult or EUR 15 for children and offer: - Guided visits around the medieval village (EUR 4) - Entrance to The Garden of the Fives Senses (EUR 10) - A 30 minutes cruise on the solar boat Aquarel (EUR 6) -...

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  • Pass'Yvoire

    An useful pass if you want to visit and enjoy Yvoire at the max. This pass is available at the tourist centre for the price of EUR 20 for adult or EUR 15 for children and offer:- Guided visits around the medieval village (EUR 4)- Entrance to The Garden of the Fives Senses (EUR 10)- A 30 minutes cruise on the solar boat Aquarel (EUR 6)- Entrance to...

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  • Inhabitants of the lake

    Swans and ducks don't afraid being very close to people, so if you have some bread with you, be sure you will take good pictures :-)

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