Art lovers, foodies and anyone who likes a city with a dash of style will fall for Lyon. Woven with enchanting historical sites, filled with restaurants and luxury boutiques, and home to eminent works of art, it’s perfect for laid back city breaks and romantic getaways.
Hip, historic and filled with gourmet delights: welcome to Lyon.
Things to do
From triple-Michelin-starred gastronomy to cosy bistros, you’ll find the pinnacle of French cooking in Lyon. Don’t leave without a visit to a bouchon – these local restaurants have menus of hearty Lyonnaise dishes and a reputation for warm welcomes.
UNESCO World Heritage Lyon has plenty to ignite the imagination. Visit the Roman amphitheatre – its ruins form a dramatic stage for performances even today. Or follow in the footsteps of 18th-century merchants as you explore the city’s silk trail. If you have a head for heights, the views from the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière are spellbinding – just hop aboard the funicular railway for an effortless ascent.
Home to works by great masters and up and coming young artists, Lyon is a creative city. You could while away several hours in the Musée des Beaux-Arts admiring pieces by Gaugin, Rodin, Matisse and Picasso – the building itself, a beautiful Benedictine abbey, is an artwork in its own right. Or amble along the meandering Saône where artists sell their newest pieces.
When the Lumière brothers shot the very first motion picture in Lyon, cinema was born. Visit their glamorous art nouveau home – the Lumière Mansion – for a journey back in time.
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