The WTA Tour stops off in eastern France for the latest event. Here’s all you need to know about the city ahead of the Open 6ème Sens — Métropole de Lyon.
For centuries, the magic of the Rhône River has captivated artists, authors and nature lovers with its immeasurable beauty and charming riverside cities.
The International City of Gastronomy celebrates the past, present and future of French cuisine…
Known worldwide as a foodie paradise, there are loads of things to do in Lyon, France besides eat. Catherine shares the top attractions AND the best restaurants Lyon has to offer.
Discover Lyon and its UNESCO World Heritage Site attractions on a 1-hour river cruise along the Saone River. Admire the monuments at the confluence of the Saone River, discover the Renaissance buildings of Vieux Lyon and much more.
Source: Lyon: Guided Sightseeing Cruise
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The Food Traboule, an exciting new culinary venture by two celebrated Lyonnais chefs will bring together—at one historic location—12 chefs who currently operate successful eateries at various locations around the city.
Day trip to Lyon from Paris by train, what to see and do in a short space of time to really enjoy the gastronomic capital of France and its historic delights.
A shade under 2 hours on a fast train from Paris will bring you to the south of France and the lovely city of Lyon. The gastronomic capital of France, Lyon is a feast for the eyes, the soul and the stomach. Janine Marsh seeks out tempting visits for culture vultures and shoppers and finds that in the old town, almost every other building seems to house a restaurant, bakery, wine bar or somewhere to tempt your taste buds.
What to do in one day in Lyon
Let’s assume you arrive in time for breakfast and will stay for an early dinner catching the 21.04 train back to Paris.
Lyon At a Glance
It’s a long walk to the old town from the station and as you’re only there for a day it’s worth taking the metro to Place Bellecour.
Between the Rhone and Saone rivers, the Confluence district is aesthetically unlike anywhere else in Lyon, or even Paris.
There are many reasons to travel to Lyon: Michelin star restaurants, delicious French wines, stunning UNESCO World Heritage sites, temperate temperatures, and a direct train route to and from Paris are just a few of the city’s well-known perks. But soon the second largest city in France, often referred to as the Chicago to Paris’s New York, will also boast another hook: a fully sustainable neighborhood featuring modern architecture and an expanding nightlife scene in a district called the Confluence.
Between the Rhone and Saone rivers, the Confluence district is aesthetically unlike anywhere else in Lyon, or even Paris. “In Paris you’re obliged to respect the story of Paris. You’re obliged to respect every square meter because of the past,” says Cyril Aouizerate.
Paris hardly needs an introduction, but to make the most of it, you do need an excellent guide. Our experts tell you all you need to know here, including tips on the best attractions, hotels, bars, restaurants and shops. Other gems most travellers will be well acquainted with include Marseilles, Nice, and if we allow it to be French for these purposes, Monaco. But there are plenty of lesser-known cities in France well worth at least a weekend of your time.
Best for: food
“It has never been easier to get to France’s capital of gastronomy,” explains Mary Lussiana. “Eurostar’s launch of a direct service from St Pancras back in 2015 means a travel time of just four hours 41 minutes from London to Lyon.
Jon Chinn from Birkenhead in England fell in love with the French way of life when he studied French in Amiens, Picardy, north of Paris whilst at University.
We talk to Jon about what life is like for expats in Lyon and why it’s a great place to live…
What inspired you to move to Lyon?
I married a French girl and we moved to Lyon for my job. I first arrived in Paris which is great when you are young and don’t mind living in a very small apartment but once you have a family and a decent job, it just becomes too expensive. We were based in Strasbourg for my job for a while, it’s a beautiful place, with a very strong identity and very different from the rest of France.
AN hour-long flight is all it takes to reach the rich cultural paradise that is Lyon.
Although it’s famed for its gastronomical bravery, it’s so much more than a foodie’s dreamland – centuries of history is relived from one hidden passageway to the next.
I stayed in Staycity’s serviced apartments, which are conveniently located just a 20 minute taxi ride from the airport.
The spacious, modern apartments offer all the conveniences you could need including 24 hour reception, WiFi, fully equipped kitchens and on-site car parking.
Staycity Lyon is also just a scenic thirty-minute walk from the main city centre Bellecour and the business district Part-Dieu making it extremely easy to explore on foot.
And you’re in luck if you don’t want to walk around this gorgeous French city as it’s extremely well connected with trams, metros and bikes.