Lyon, a meeting at the right address
Book your airline ticket to Lyon in order to discover a city whose charm remains preserved, rich with 2,000 years of history. Cradle of the 7th art, Lyon is also the capital of French gastronomy.
During your stay in Lyon, drop your bags in an urban area soothed by a renowned sweetness of life. Third largest city in France, situated on the banks of the Rhône and the Saône, the former capital of the Gauls possesses numerous charms. From the heights of the Basilica of Fourvière take in the Peninsula and the skyline of the Part-Dieu quarter. Then stroll to the heart of Old Lyon, before discovering the village atmosphere of each quarter, everything from the Brotteaux to Monplaisir to Confluence and its futuristic look. Not forgetting the Croix-Rousse hill, famous in the 19th century for the Canuts and the intense weaving activity. For some green respite there is no lack of parks, from the Golden Head to Gerland Park in Gerland.
A travel guide of Lyon will certainly mention the place of gastronomy in the local traditions. Described as the capital of French cuisine, exported throughout the world thanks to Michelin-starred chefs like Paul Bocuse, Lyon also owes its culinary reputation to its smaller restaurants. Those famous Bouchons, on stoves from which « Lyon's mothers » prepare for their guests simple and refined dishes.
Plan your visit to Lyon for December in order to go to the famous Festival of Lights, which attracts millions of walkers each year. At the beginning of summer you could take in the festival of Fourvière Nights, which offers the public an eclectic, cultural programme, including music, dance, theatre and cinema. When the evening arrives, head down towards the Banks of the Rhône or onto the wharves of Saône, by chance the right addresses for nightlife.