THE CAPITAL OF GASTRONOMY!
Located at the east central part of France, Lyon is a city placed on the banks of the Rhône and Saône rivers and surrounded by the Fourvière (to the west) and Croix-Rousse (to the north) hills. Lyon is the second most populous metropolitan area of the country and is the second largest business capital of France after Paris. Lyon has an international fame in the areas of engineering, textiles, chemicals, health and pharmaceuticals.
It's about 25km from Saint-Exupéry Airport to the city center. You can get to your hotel by Rhônexpress. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Lyon is aproximately 50€. The public transport system is well efficient and well organised. You can reach all tourist sites by bus, tram and metro.
There are plenty of hotels of various standards in Lyon, as well as those with international fame. Some of the city's more elegant hotels include the Villa Florentine, Cour des Loges, Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery Collection, Sofitel Lyon Bellecour, Hotel Le Royal Lyon - MGallery Collection, Hotel Lyon Metropole, Maison d'Anthouard, Hotel Vaubecour, Hotel Crowne Plaza Lyon - Cité Internationale, Okko Hotels Lyon Pont Lafayette, Mama Shelter Lyon, Golden Tulip Lyon Eurexpo, Mercure Lyon Centre Beaux Arts, Mercure Lyon La Part Dieu, Kyriad Prestige Lyon Est - Saint Priest Eurexpo and Hotel Lyon-ouest. If you are looking for something more intimate, there are plenty of boutique hotels to suit all styles. This option usually lets you get a better feel for the local culture and lifestyle. Most travel agents can recommend a few good options for you to choose from.
Lyon has worldwide reputation with its gastronomy, Olympique Lyonnais football team and neighborhoods of silk industry. However, Old Lyon (the largest Renaissance quarter of France) architectures, Presqu’île peninsula as the location at the confluence of Rhône and Saône rivers, museums and the two dissimilar rivers as the reflection of the two different aspects of the city are among the fundamental aspects adding to the fascination of Lyon. Fourviere Notre Dame Basilica (Basilique de Notre Dame de Fourvière) located on the Fourviere Hill was built between 1872 and 1896. It harbors mosaics, stained glass and Saint-Joseph crypt. Cathedrale Saint-Jean situated at the foot of the Fourviere Hill was built between 12th and 15th centuries. This church is the reflection of the transition from Roman to Gothic architecture type. Chapelle de la Trinite (Trinity Chapel) built in 1617 is one of the finest examples of the Baroque art from the city history. Place Bellecour is one of the largest clear squares in Europe. In the middle of the plaza, the statue of King Louis XIV arises. Lyon is one of the exhibition centers. A great deal of museums are existed in the world of cultural treasury. Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts) located at the center of the city harbors, Ancient Greek and Egyptian Arts, sculptures and paintings from the Middle Ages and contemporary works. Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilisation (Musée de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine) placed on the archaeological part of Fourviere is composed of various exhibitions connected by subterranean passages. You will find magnificent collection of statues, mosaics and many other discoveries within the Rhone-Alphes region.
Lyon is the paradise of the shopaholics. Shopping is one of the fundamental ingredients of the art of living in the city. Antiques, local handmade and silk are among the main local products. The Carré d’Or district is full of more than 70 luxury shopping centers gathered between Place Bellecour and Cordeliers. The pedestrian street by Rue Victor Hugo and Rue de la République is one of the largest streets of its type in Europe. Most of the franchised stores are found here. Rue Auguste Comte district is the location for antiques, art and decoration. More than hundred shops found here and sell the city's artistic trades. In Lyon, there are more than 650 antique shops. The Auguste Comte district and the Villeurbanne Flea Market are among the main locations for antique and bric a brac stalls.
Culture is one of the significant aspects that Lyon stands out with. The city has an effulgent and vibrant cultural life. In addition to the performing centers adding to the world reputation of the city, Lyon is the place for cultural creation and innovation. Exhibitions, music, dance, theater, festivals and the other cultural values constitute a rich collection of cultural elements in the city. You can witness all the theatrical performances in Lyon, from classical to contemporary plays. Célestins Theater (Théâtre des Célestins) placed in the center of Lyon is the oldest theater in the city and the center for dramatic art. National Popular Theater (Théâtre National Populaire) placed in the center of Villeurbane is one of the significant historical institutions for the decentralization of theater and culture. The performances are mainly composed of innovative creations. Opera Orchestra at the Opera House and National Orchestra at the Auditorium are significant internationally known performing centers placed at the city. Lyon National Opera House built in 1993 is one of the most splendid theatrical architecture examples. Lyon Opera Ballet Company performing contemporary dances makes its best productions at this architectural and cultural highlight. Jazz, symphonic and world music concerts are held within the house. A great range of festivals are held in Lyon. Dance Biennial (September) is an original choreographic event actualized at more than twenty locations via 160 performances. L'Original Festival (March-April) is an international hip-hop festival. Tout l’monde dehors festival (Everyone Outside) is a festival organized throughout the city during summer. River Cruises are significant elements of the entertainment in Lyon. You can enjoy a cruise down the Rhône and Saône rivers. Lyon's City Boats give you the opportunity of an upmarket cruise between April and October. A great range of sport centers are available at the city. Swimming pools, ice skating rinks, roller skating parks, gymnasiums and many other sport facilities are eligible at Lyon. The nightlife in Lyon is limitless in terms of the entertainment experiences and the amusement venues available at the city. Vieux Lyon, the streets along by the Saône river, Presqu’île and Croix teem with sumptuous and alluring places. Most of the districts of the city offer what a night life can provide.