Lazy Sunday – Yvoire
The medieval village of Yvoire is a great little spot to while away a Sunday. Over 700 years old, this historic village is full of charm and character. You can reach Yvoire from Geneva by boat which takes about 1 ½ hours and has wonderful views of the lake but the easiest way to travel is by car which is also a scenic option and takes around 30 minutes.
Although Yvoire is small in size there is plenty to see and explore. Set right on Lake Geneva you can walk along the water’s edge and soak up the picturesque views. Not only are the views a joy to the eye but the traditional stonework and medieval craftsmanship and architecture of the buildings are absorbing, almost taking you back in time. There are plenty of gift shops and art galleries selling an array of original artwork. It is worth taking a look around the assortment of antique shops filled with various treasures and some pretty weird and wonderful items that you might not expect to find!
Stop by the Isabelle Brugére workshop – an opaline glass art gallery – to see the production of glassware on site. As you enter the gallery you are greeted by the tinkling sound of glass decorations, sculptures, lighting and jewellery with the light shining through casting different reflections around the room. Open from April to October, demonstrations of glass fusing are available for a minimum group of five people. Admission €2 per adult, children under 7 years admission is free. www.isabelle.brugere.free.fr
If you’d rather be outside enjoying the summer weather Le Labyrinthe – Jardin des Cinq Sens might be a preferable option. Inspired by the Middle Ages, the garden consists of a maze and different areas of garden that concentrate on a green theme of the five senses. You can smell, touch, look, listen and even taste different elements within the garden. Guided tours of the garden are available. Open daily from 10am April-October. www.jardin5sens.net
If the weather is hot and you fancy a treat to cool down there are ice cream parlours dotted around Yvoire but if you’re after something more substantial there is any amount of restaurants to choose from. A particular favourite is Les Jardins du Léman complete with roof terrace offering an incredible panoramic view of the lake, castle and surrounding village. The food is excellent with plenty of choice. Biskotti recommends the ‘filets de perche’ and ‘le tournedos de boeuf.’ The set menus are well thought out and good value for money starting from €21.50
We have also had good lunches at la Vieille Porte restaurant at the entrance to the village. This has a fantastic terrace and stunning views across the lake. The set menu’s are good value and are well presented.
Book a table at these restaurants if you visit Yvoire during the peak summer months or arrive early!
So why not jump in your car or on a boat this Sunday and enjoy a day out in this pretty but buzzing little medieval village.