Saturday, July 18, 2015

Yvoire, France

In summer there are ferries several times a day across Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) between Switzerland and France. Yesterday we caught the Rhône ferry to Yvoire, a medieval bourg at the tip of the Léman peninsula.

Our ferry - the Rhône

Excited for a trip to France!

The port in Yvoire

Yvoire has been voted one of the most beautiful villages in France. It is a modern fishing village, but remnants of its historical strategic position on the lake can be seen in the castle, ramparts, fortified gateways and houses. It is a charming little village with stone streets, stone walls, abundant flowers, artisanal shops, boutiques and restaurants. We strolled around the village for a while admiring the old stone houses and enjoying the wares in the shops.

A hotel on the lake

Quaint medieval village

Lots of flowers and charm

Cute village streets

Most of the restaurants in Yvoire have fish from the lake on their menus. The most famous is the perch, but there is also arctic char, fera and pike. We went to a restaurant on the lake called "Le Pirate" where we had some delicious perch in garlic sauce and an even better bottle of ice cold wine on a hot day!

A great restaurant by the lake: Le Pirate

On our return to Nyon we took the Valais ferry back across the lake. It was 35 degrees out and the breeze off the lake was most welcome. The trip across to France was a lot of fun and we'll definitely be exploring this area again.

Departing Yvoire

Arriving in Nyon

No comments: