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Lyon: the ultimate city break in south east France

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France’s third-biggest city, Lyon has always occupied an important location in the south-east of the country. It sits at the meeting point of two great French rivers: the Rhône and the Saône. The city has been a powerhouse for commercial, industrial and baking for over 500 years, and today it’s a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. 

Endless experiences are ready and waiting for city-life enthusiasts to discover right across the Lyon, from world-class museums to Michelin-star restaurants. Lyon manages to strike the perfect balance between classic French culture and urban sophistication. This place isn’t just home to stunning architecture and classy galleries; you’ll also discover an array of fantastic food and boutique shopping at every turn. 

Fly to Lyon with Qatar Airways and let yourself fall in love with this spectacular city. 

Lyon highlights

You’ll find countless things to see and do in Lyon – France’s third largest city. Take your pick from historical sights, world-class museums and peaceful city parks during the day, and indulge yourself in the many gourmet restaurants in the evening. 

  • Tourist attractions

    You can spend hours getting lost in the marvellous Vieux Lyon (the old town), with its charming maze of winding alleys, colourful façades and traboules (secret passageways). This area of Lyon has been intact for centuries, and today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

    Afterwards, head up to La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière. This white basilica is a landmark on Lyon’s skyline and the inside is ornately decorated in Baroque and Italian styles. Keep in mind that there are many steps to get to the top, but you’ll be rewarded with superb views when you finally reach. There’s also a funicular running up and down the hill if you don’t fancy tackling all of those steps! 

    First opened to the public in 1803, the Musée Des Beaux-Arts is housed within a former 17th-century abbey. This is one of Europe’s biggest art and culture museums anywhere in Europe, featuring over 70 rooms with French and international art on display. Antiquities, art and sculpture, modern art and medieval pieces are all on show here. 

  • Leisure activities

    Taking a walk along the Rhône is a superb way to get to grips with the city. You’ll find over 5km of walkways running along the river, passing by gardens, al-fresco cafés, concerts and lots more. It’s a popular running route, so don’t be surprised to see locals out and about, getting in a morning jog. If you’re feeling more energetic, there’s also a dedicated cycling track and even a roller park.

    If you fancy escaping the hustle and bustle of the city for a while, head for Lyon’s Parc de la Tête d’Or. This is the biggest park in the city and is made up of a lakeshore, zoological park and botanical gardens. There are lots of paths winding through the park, lined with trees that are over a century old. Don’t leave without seeing the Rose Garden, complete with 350 different varieties of rose. 

  • Food

    Lyon is known all over the world for its gastronomy, and that’s quite a feat in a country that loves food as much as France. You can expect to discover an array of dishes gracing menus throughout the city; look out for classics like coq au vin, duck pâté and tender cuts of meat at one of the traditional bouchons – it’s the quintessential Lyon experience.  If you are in search of something lighter, Lyon has a handful of vegetarian bistros including the popular Toutes les Couleurs.

    If you love the food on offer at some of the city’s Michelin-starred eateries, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Our top tip: the lunchtime set menus offer surprisingly good value for money. (sounds like an advert)As you might expect, there’s no shortage of beverages to wash everything down either.

  • Shopping

    The maze-like labyrinth of Vieux Lyon is the place to go for the most interesting souvenirs in town. If you’re after something more eclectic, head over to the Croix-Rousse. Shopping here is all about trendy galleries and salons de thé. 

    You’ll find Lyon’s main food market over in Les Halles Bocuse, and it’s absolutely bursting with local flavours. Before you head home, don’t forget to pick up Coussin de Lyon sweets and other delicacies from this region.

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