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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!

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Top hotels in Lyon

Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
4 out of 5
The price is £120 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan

Located in Lyon City Centre, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Part Dieu Mall, Bellecour Square and Tete d'Or Park. Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière ...

4.3/5Excellent! (808 reviews)

"Good views from room!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
Hotel du Helder
Hotel du Helder
2 out of 5
38 Rue De Marseille, Lyon, Rhone
The price is £51 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan

Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bellecour Square and Lyon Cathedral. Gallo-Roman Museum (Musee de la Civilization Gallo-Romaine) ...

3.4/5Good! (939 reviews)

"It's nice place to be Very calm"…"

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2020

Hotel du Helder
Hôtel Mercure Lyon Centre - Gare Part Dieu
Hôtel Mercure Lyon Centre - Gare Part Dieu
4 out of 5
The price is £89 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oxygen Tower and Part Dieu Mall. Jean Moulin University and Hôtel de Ville de Lyon are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (950 reviews)
Excellent choice

"Room was very clean and modern style. Excellent service at the front desk and people at the breakfast buffet were very helpful"…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2020

Hôtel Mercure Lyon Centre - Gare Part Dieu
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Top Holiday Rentals in Lyon

Citadines Part-Dieu Lyon
Citadines Part-Dieu Lyon
3 out of 5
The price is £70 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan

Located in Lyon City Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Auditorium Maurice Ravel and Part Dieu Mall. Hôtel de Ville de Lyon and Museum of Fine ...

3.9/5Very Good! (711 reviews)
All good!!!

"Everything about our stay was fine. The personnel was very friendly and helpful. We loved the apartment we stayed and the location of the hotel was perfect."…"

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2020

Citadines Part-Dieu Lyon
Temporim Lyon Cité Internationale
Temporim Lyon Cité Internationale
The price is £53 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Located in 6th Arrondissement, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from City International Convention Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Hôtel de Ville de Lyon ...

4/5Very Good! (567 reviews)

"Nice value. Neat shower facilities and well equipped kitchenette."…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020

Temporim Lyon Cité Internationale
Garden & City Lyon Lissieu
Garden & City Lyon Lissieu
3 out of 5
The price is £54 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Situated in the business district, this residence is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Lyon Salvagny Golf Club and within 6 miles (10 km) of Casino Le Lyon Vert and EM Lyon ...

3.9/5Very Good! (596 reviews)

"Good size flat with comfy bed. Necessary is there. It's the second time we stay here and we're pleased. Side note, some connectivity issue with Wifi throughout the weekend, in 2020 this should not happen anymore."…"

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2020

Garden & City Lyon Lissieu
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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