About Lyon

With a rich history stretching back more than 2000 years, Lyon has taken shape over time, presenting visitors today with neighborhoods that have a unique atmosphere and reflect the city’s evolution Since its foundation by the Romans in 43 BCE, on Fourvière Hill, the city has expanded from west to east, building on the advantages offered by its two hills and two rivers. Included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1998, Lyon’s four historic districts cover 500 hectares, taking visitors on a journey back through time. Follow the guide, from Antiquity to the present day!

Lyon has been growing and evolving for 2,000 years!

From the ancient theatres and abundant ruins that date back to Gallo-Roman times, winding through the Middle Ages and Renaissance influences in Vieux-Lyon, from the classical buildings on the Presqu'île, to the canuts and silk manufacturing workshops in the Croix-Rousse… Over time, the city stretched itself along the banks of the river Saône, later encompassing the Rhône and beyond, and today has reached the Confluence area, all while managing to preserve its precious heritage.

image Gastronomy

  • Lyon's Culinary Heritage: Lyon, the culinary capital of France, boasts a rich gastronomic tradition known as "bouchon Lyonnais," featuring hearty and traditional dishes.
  • Must-Try Dishes: Don't miss classics like "Coq au Vin," a chicken stewed in red wine, and "Quenelle," a delicate dumpling typically served with a creamy sauce.
  • Les Halles de Lyon - Paul Bocuse: Explore the famous indoor market, Les Halles de Lyon - Paul Bocuse, a food lover's paradise offering fresh produce, cheeses, meats, and gourmet delights.
  • Lyon's Bouchons: Immerse yourself in the cozy atmosphere and classic Lyonnaise cuisine of Lyon's traditional bouchons, small bistros that define the city's food culture.
  • Wine and Cheese: Lyon is surrounded by renowned wine regions such as Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône. Savor local wines and cheeses like Saint-Marcellin or Cervelle de Canut, a creamy cheese spread.

image What to visit

  • Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière: Start your exploration with the stunning Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, offering panoramic views of Lyon.
  • Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon): Wander through the charming streets of Vieux Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage site with colorful Renaissance buildings and hidden passageways called traboules.
  • Lyon's Museums: Explore Lyon's impressive museums, including the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum) and the Musée des Confluences, which delves into the intersection of science and culture.
  • Parc de la Tête d'Or: Enjoy the city's largest park, Parc de la Tête d'Or, featuring a botanical garden, a zoo, and a serene lake.
  • Presqu'île: Discover the central peninsula of Presqu'île, known for shopping, dining, and historic landmarks like Place Bellecour and Place des Terreaux.
  • Traboules: Lyon is famous for its traboules, hidden passageways connecting buildings. Explore these unique architectural features throughout the city.
  • Lyon's Riverbanks: Take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the Saône and Rhône rivers, where you'll find bars, restaurants, and picturesque views.


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