Lyon

Lyon - Roman remains, Renaissance splendour and Rosette sausage - Lyon is a delight for all the senses!

Lyon boasts a history stretching back more than 2,000 years to its foundation as a settlement for Roman refugees. The original colony was created on Fourvière Hill and this part of the city contains many of its key sights. In fact, much of Lyon has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status due to its outstanding ensemble of urban architecture spanning many different periods.

Now France's third largest city, (half a million inhabitants), Lyon is defined by its position at the meeting place of the Rhône and Saône rivers and the presence of two hills, Fourvière and Croix-Rousse. It boasts pleasantly warm summer temperatures and relatively dry winters and is within striking distance of some of the most beautiful scenery in France, including the Parc régional naturel de Chartreuse.

Whether you're thinking of coming for a gastronomic stay, an adventure holiday or a journey through time, have a look to our most competitively-priced airplane tickets . Our website also has useful information on Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport , which is linked to the city by both bus and rail.

Roman Lyon was a prosperous place, which accounts for the presence of its massive theatre, which could hold 10,000 people, an amphitheatre for holding games and public baths. All of these sites are now open to the public. The hill where the Roman colony began life was also the obvious location for the dominant feature of the Lyon skyline - the basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière. The building is dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, who is intricately wrapped up in the history of the city - Lyon's salvation from various disasters (the plague in the 17th century, cholera and the Prussian army in the 19th century), being attributed to the Virgin. In fact, Lyon's most famous festival, the 'Festival of Lights' arose out of a desire to show thanksgiving following the city's deliverance from the Plague. So, on 8th December every year, locals put candles on their outside window sills and public buildings all over the city are lit up, attracting up to 4 million visitors over four nights.

Lyon - global centre for both the culinary and the cinematic arts!

Lyon holds a very special place in the heart of cinema buffs and the stomachs of epicureans. This was where the cinematographe was invented by the Lumière Brothers, whose story is recounted in the fascinating Institut et Musée Lumière. Also of interest to cinephiles - especially younger fans - is the Musée Miniature et Cinéma. This houses a captivating collection of over 100 miniature scenes, original film props and an exhibition dedicated to special effects techniques.
Lyon's great gastronomic tradition has its roots in a series of female cooks, "the Mères", who started their own businesses, cooking for all strands of society. World-famous chefs such as Paul Bocuse have carried on and refined this tradition. The city now has around 17 Michelin-starred restaurants, serving innovative cuisine and old favourites such as:
  • Coq au vin
  • Quenelle
  • Sabodet sausage
  • Tripe cooked with onions
  • Coussin de Lyon (a chocolate and marzipan sweet)
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