Lyon is one large World Heritage Site, with a big renaissance old town, Roman ruins, historic industrial districts and the regal 19th-century Presqu’île quarter. The city was founded 2,000 years ago at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, and built its fortune on the silk trade. This industry furnished it with beautiful renaissance architecture in Vieux Lyon, where semi-hidden passageways called Traboules connect courtyards with the Saône.

What to See and Do

Vieux Lyon

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In the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries Lyon’s silk industry was thriving, and rich merchant families from across France, Flanders, Germany and Italy settled in the city.

They built sumptuous homes, in the gothic, Italian renaissance and French renaissance styles, and there are still 300 of these remaining in the districts of Saint-Jean, Saint-Georges and Saint-Paules.

Parc de la Tête d’Or

If you’re around in spring then the international rose garden should be one of your first ports of call in the city. The botanical attractions are spectacular too, with more than 20,000 plant varieties and the most graceful 19th-century greenhouses you could hope to see, thick with the scent of chlorophyll.

Ancient Theatre of Fourvière

Ancient Theatre of Fourvière - Lyon - BeBi Travel

2,000 years after it was built it is still a performance venue during the Nuits de Fourvière drama festival every June and July. At its peak it would have held 10,000 spectators, but only the middle and lower terraces of the cavea remain. Where the seating has been lost though, you can see the fascinating substructure of the cavea, which continues far up the hillside.

The theatre was rediscovered in the late-19th century and restored over the next 40 years.

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Flights

Lyon, the beautiful reconnaissance city built on silk awaits your arrival with flights costing from £25 one way and around £50 for a return. Visit the city where wealthy silk merchants and roman era individuals settled.

Hostels

Lyon is France’s third largest city, and it attracts people from all walks of life to experience history in its reconnaissance period style buildings. With hostels available starting from less than £20 per night, you can learn new things from locals who visit often, and learn about your next destination with passing travellers.

Hotels

There is no shortage of hotels in Lyon. The city where Germans, Spanish and Flanders settled over 2,000 years ago. You can rest your head in apartments, suites, and rooms fashioned in the style of the Roman ancestors who walked the land.

With rooms ranging from £40 per night to £300, you will find Lyon is able to accommodate for everyone and anyone. All the while maintaining style and history.

Food

The sprawling southern city of Lyon is known as the gastronomic capital of France. Every year, gourmets from around the world flock the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants as well as its humble bistros. Although these days, Lyon is often associated with nouvelle-cuisine, its culinary reputation was established a full century earlier with hearty, traditional fare.

Transport

The TCL network facilitates your sightseeing throughout Greater Lyon and comprises 4 metro lines, 5 tramway lines, 2 funicular lines and over 130 bus lines. Use the metros, funiculars, trams and buses to get from one point to another in the city in the short time to discover the maximum number of attractions.

The TCL network means of transport are complementary. A single ticket enables you to go from metro to bus, tram or funicular as many times as you like for one hour.

You can plan your trip in Lyon here.

Budget Tips

Free Parks

The garden of the Palais Saint-Pierre

A Lyon municipal garden located inside the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon. It is part of a rectangle delimited by the arcades of the old cloister of the Benedictine abbey. Of regular style, it consists of lawns in half-moons or rectangular, punctuated with vegetation and different sculptures. It is located right in the city centre on the peninsula. As the Museum of Fine Arts, the garden is open daily, except Tuesdays and holidays from 10am to 6pm, Friday from 10:30am to 6pm

Travel Pass

You can acquire the Lyon City Pass and there are a lot of options here. You can get a 1hour pass which allows you to travel as often as you’d like within a one-hour time period. If you are there on a quick getaway you can get a 24hr pass for €6, 48hr pass for €11.50 or a 72hr pass for €15.50.

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