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Holiday in Lyon

Famous for its food, silk and cinema, the point where north and south meet, and with a history by turns troubled and prosperous, Lyon is a city with many faces.

Located in the centre of France, Lyon has flourished over the centuries to become a thriving major city. From Bocuse to the Lumière brothers and Jean Moulin, from colourful silk workers to mischievous boys, not to mention Guignol, the famous offspring of the capital of the Gauls, whose silhouettes adorn the city's painted walls, still live on in the heart of the city.

With two hills and two rivers, the areas of Lyon are easy to find. At the bottom of Fourvière, the "hill that prays", Lyon Old Town is a pretty mishmash of buildings Italian Renaissance-inspired buildings, passageways and little cobbled streets dotted with vintage shops and traditional restaurants, leading to the beautiful Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. From there take the old funicular to climb up the hill and explore the Fourvière Basilica, take in the panorama of the city or go back in time at the Roman amphitheatre or the adjoining Gallo-Roman Museum.

Further east, nestled between the Rhône and the Saône, is the Peninsula, with its wide, shop-lined avenues and impressive squares. Make time to wander around and do a spot of window-shopping, while admiring the majestic buildings, such as the City Hall, Opera House or Museum of Fine Arts.

In the northern part of the peninsula is the Croix-Rousse hill, an area with a typically Lyonnais atmosphere. Unlike its counterpart, the Croix-Rousse hill is traditionally an area of industry, with its silk workers, looms and silk manufacturing. With a joyfully informal atmosphere, Croix-Rousse market is another local institution where you can pick up some tasty treats.

Among the many museums, several recount the city's history and culture, be it cinema, silk, the exploits of the resistance or even Guignol. To escape the urban jungle, the Parc de la Tête d'Or is a huge haven of greenery. And if you're not bothered by crowds, come around 8 December for the Festival of Lights to see the buildings lit up in lavish colours.

With an airport, several train stations and excellent road links, Lyon can be easily reached from all over France and abroad. Once there, you can move around the city easily with its handy and extensive underground, bus and tram system. The city's self-service bicycle rental scheme, Vélo'v, is the perfect solution for more sporty types. Just watch out!

With its unique history and geography, Lyon is a foodie destination whose secret flavours will delight all your senses!


Guide to Exploring Lyon


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Premiere Classe Lyon Centre - Gare Part Dieu

Premiere Classe Lyon Centre - Gare Part Dieu

75 Boulevard Marius Vivier Merle, Lyon
3.4
of 5, from 139 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is in Lyon, one kilometer from Jean Moulin University and 1.1 kilometers from Auditorium Maurice Ravel. Musee Lumiere and Place Bellecor are within 2.3 kilometers.

Appart Ambiance - Opera

Appart Ambiance - Opera

26 rue de l'Arbre sec, Lyon
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in 3rd Arrondissement, this apartment is within 2 mi (3 km) of Oxygen Tower, Musee Lumiere, and Bellecour Square. Textile Museum and Tete d'Or Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£40
Hotel du Helder

Hotel du Helder

38 Rue De Marseille, Lyon
3.0
of 5, from 336 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in 7th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Lyon II and Textile Museum. Bellecour Square and St. Jean Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£76
NH Lyon Airport

NH Lyon Airport

Terminal 1, BP 202, Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport
4.4
of 5, from 141 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Genas Karting, Eurexpo Lyon, and Genas Bowling. Waves Aquatic Centre and Lyon-Chassieu Golf Club are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£77
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon

Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon

129 rue Servient, Lyon
4.2
of 5, from 40 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in 3rd Arrondissement, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tour du Credit Lyonnais and Bellecour Square. Lyon Opera and Tete d'Or Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£43
ibis budget Aéroport Lyon Saint Exupéry

ibis budget Aéroport Lyon Saint Exupéry

60 rue du Royaume Uni,, Colombier-Saugnieu
4.0
of 5, from 40 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Genas Karting, Genas Bowling, and Waves Aquatic Centre. Eurexpo Lyon and Lyon-Chassieu Golf Club are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£90
Okko Hotels Lyon Pont Lafayette

Okko Hotels Lyon Pont Lafayette

14 bis, quai General Sarrail, Lyon
4.7
of 5, from 190 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in 6th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lyon Opera, Lyon City Hall, and Lyon Museum of Fine Arts. Terreaux Square and Bellecour Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£51
Staycity Aparthotels Rue Garibaldi

Staycity Aparthotels Rue Garibaldi

365 rue Garibaldi, Lyon
4.3
of 5, from 32 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in 7th Arrondissement, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Centre d'Histoire de la Resistance et de la Deportation, Textile Museum, and Musee Lumiere. Bellecour Square and St. Jean Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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