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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 Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Thonon-les-Bains
Canton Douvaine
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Bas-Chablais
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Claude Fert
Area1 3.12 km2 (1.20 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 810
 • Density 260/km2 (670/sq mi)
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.

Yvoire is a medieval city in Haute-Savoie department, in the region of Rhône-Alpes in south-eastern France.


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


It is well known for its medieval buildings and beautiful flower decoration during the summer season. It is also one of the "most beautiful villages of France".


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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