Bucket list for Lyon traveler

Lyon, France. Photo by Ryan KlausLyon, France. Photo by Ryan Klaus

Lyon Travel Information

Once a Roman military colony, Lyon is now a beautiful historic center with much to explore. The city is the second biggest tourist destination in France, hosting over 6 million tourists annually. As a guest in Lyon, you will be surprised by the abundance of renaissance-style buildings, old districts, cultural life, and urban drive with many cafes and restaurants. 

Things not to miss in Lyon

  • Explore Vieux Lyon, the largest renaissance quarter in France and Europe, with narrow alleys and gothic-style buildings.
  • Take a rest on the stalls of the Roman Theatre and embrace the power and perfection of Roman architecture.
  • Enjoy the beautiful city views while taking a sightseeing cruise across the river.
  • Find the Traboules, hidden passageways winding through buildings and courtyards across Lyon.
  • Spot popular street art and frescoes around Lyon harmoniously merge into the whole city composition. 
  • Make the Parc de la Tête d’Or your perfect escape from the city buzz and enjoy the flawless nature on 117 hectares with a lake and a zoo. 

Eat like a local in Lyon

  • Indulge in the Lyonnaise traditions with fantastic dishes of La Tête de Lard, a cozy place that makes you feel at home. 
  • Find the retro flair of the 60s in La Limonade de Marinette bistro with a simple, tasty menu and retro music.
  • Enjoy sassy food and wine pairings in a fashionable and fancy La Sommelière restaurant with an intimate atmosphere.
  • Grasp your favorite dessert from the rotating menu at Sapna restaurant, and, regardless of your choice, make sure you order the signature 1000F delicacy with caramel and miso.
  • Have an epic meal in Paul Bocuse, the three-star Michelin restaurant, with a good portion of black truffle soup and Bresse Chicken. 

Where to stay in Lyon

  • With the best panoramic views over the city, the luxurious 5-star Villa Maïa hotel is your choice to enjoy exclusive interior and amenities. 
  • Find peace and comfort in a 4-star Fourvière Hôtel in the historic district with a sun terrace and Hammam. 
  • Combine comfort and pocket-friendly price in Hotel De Verdun 1882, BW Signature Collection, located in the heart of Lyon. 
  • If you are looking for a cheaper option, the Hotelo hostel in the center of Lyon is a superb option with all the amenities for a comfortable stay. 
  • Take a wine tour in the Beaujolais, enjoy the vineyards, and stay overnight in Logis Hôtel le Savigny et sa Maison La Benoite, a former winery transformed into a cozy hotel.

Suggested hotel in Lyon – Fourviere Hotel

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