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Yvoire is a small medieval town in the department of Haute-Savoie, in the southeastern French region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

The medieval gate
The medieval gate
Coat of arms of Yvoire
Coat of arms
Yvoire is located in France
Coordinates: 46°22′18″N 6°19′37″E / 46.3716°N 6.327°E / 46.3716; 6.327Coordinates: 46°22′18″N 6°19′37″E / 46.3716°N 6.327°E / 46.3716; 6.327
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Thonon-les-Bains
Canton Sciez
Intercommunality Thonon Agglomération
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jean-François Kung
Area1 3.12 km2 (1.20 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 925
 • Density 300/km2 (770/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 74315 /74140
Elevation 372–441 m (1,220–1,447 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.



Located at the tip of the Leman peninsula (presqu'île de Léman), Yvoire delimits the two main parts of Lake Geneva, the "petit lac" and the "grand lac".


The town is well known for its medieval buildings and summer floral displays, as well as the Jardin des Cinq Sens, a garden in the center of the town. It called one of the "most beautiful villages of France".

Château d’Yvoire on Lake Geneva


The town was fortified by Amadeus V in the 14th century. It soon gained a strategic military importance and the inhabitants were given tax privileges.

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