Lyon is ideally located in the heart of France, nestled between the Rhône and the Saône rivers. With more than 2,000 years of historical heritage, world famous food and a fascinating culture it is very easy to fall in love with.
Considered the capital of French gastronomy, this metropolitan city has charisma as well as cuisine. From convivial lunches in its myriad bouchons to getting lost in historic Vieux-Lyon, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. It's the ideal destination for a foodie or cultural city break, or a longer stay if you want to explore the surrounding countryside and visit some vineyards.
Thanks to its strategic location on two rivers, Lyon’s been an important settlement since Roman times. These days it’s UNESCO-listed and a magnet for history aficionados, drawn by its stunning Renaissance and medieval architecture.
But there’s nothing antiquated or old-school about this city when it comes to art and architecture. Take a walk through the city and try to spot some of the 100 spectacular trompe l'oeil wall murals. Or head over to the Confluence district – the city’s newest neighbourhood. Once an industrial wasteland it’s changing apace, and home to the futuristic steel-and-glass Musée des Confluences.
The city of Lyon combines historic districts with booming modern areas. If you are a history lover visit the Roman theatre and the impressive archaeologic park in Fourvière district or take a stroll through the streets of the Vieux-Lyon district and discover the Traboules (passageways) from the Renaissance.
For many foodies Lyon is considered as the world's gastronomic capital. There are plenty of places to choose from as the city offers more than 2,000 restaurants, including 20 Michelin-starred restaurants in the 2017 guide.
Lyon is a city that really embraces cultural events, many of which happen in the streets of the town, accessible to everyone, whatever your budget.
Depending on when you visit you can experience the Biennale de la Danse (dance Festival) and its famous parade, Les Nuits Sonores (music festival) and Les Nuits de Fourvière (cultural festival hosted in the Roman theatre).
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