Located where the Rhone and the Saone meet in south-western France, Lyons has moved up to second place in the French ranking for the number of tourism events. The city does not lack in regalia to attract tourists. You will need to devote three to five days to this city.
Don't miss : The Festival of Lights (the biggest local event, 8 December).
Take a tour of the city's historic centre. The peninsula is home to the Place Bellecour: the biggest pedestrian square in Europe. Also be sure to see the equestrian statue of Louis XIV. Then stop by the ancient theatre of Fourviere and the Gallo-Roman Odeon, two magnificent archaeological sites. Contemplate the aqueduct of Gier and also attend one of many concerts held during the summer. The Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-Fourvière, which is consecrated to the Immaculate Conception, is considered to be Lyons's main monument, overlooking the city.
Lyons has culture as its main focus.Two major arts were born here: film, invented by the Lumière brothers, and Guignol theatre. The third largest city in southwest France also has France's second largest collection of paintings. These resolutely contemporary works are on display at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyons.
In addition to these cultural gems are the majestic institutions, such as the Maison de la Danse in Lyons, the Auditorium in the Part-Dieu district and the National Opera of Lyons.
Discover the cuisine of Lyonand taste some typical local dishes: Lyonnais salad as a starter, pike dumplings or potato croquettes as a main dish, then finish off the meal by trying "la pogne" (a type of pastry), praline tart.
You can also add a touch of culture to your stay at the great public library of France, the Bibliothèque Municipale de Lyon.