France’s second city may not be considered a star destination, but there is plenty to explore in the narrow passageways of the former hub of Europe’s silk trade. With attractive Renaissance buildings in the old part of the city, the Roman theatre on the Fourvière Hill and the 18th Century squares on the Presqu’île where the Rhone and Saône rivers meet, Lyon contains a plethora of architectural delights to explore. There are also cultural charms to savour in Lyon including the Museé des Beaux Arts, arguably the finest art museum in France after the Louvre. Food fans can also enjoy dazzling gastronomic creations in Lyon, with fine dining options alongside Lyonnais sausages and mouth-waterting quenelles (fish dumplings) from budget ‘bouchon’ eateries.


What you’ll love most about Lyon

  • Wander through Lyon’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, tracing cobblestone streets lined with Renaissance architecture and hidden traboules, offering a glimpse into the city’s rich history and architectural heritage.
  • Marvel at the breathtaking Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière, perched atop Fourvière Hill, where panoramic views of Lyon and the Rhône Valley unfold before you, inviting quiet contemplation and awe-inspiring photography
  • Explore the vibrant food scene of Lyon, hailed as the gastronomic capital of France, where traditional bouchons beckon with hearty Lyonnais cuisine and Michelin-starred restaurants offer innovative culinary creations, promising a feast for the senses
  • Cruise along the tranquil waters of the Saône and Rhône rivers, as you glide past picturesque landscapes and iconic landmarks, discovering the beauty of Lyon from a unique perspective aboard a scenic river cruise
  • Immerse yourself in Lyon’s cultural tapestry at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, home to an extensive collection of fine art spanning antiquity to the present day, showcasing works by European masters and local luminaries alike
  • Experience the excitement of Les Nuits de Fourvière, an annual summer festival that transforms Lyon into a stage for music, theatre, and dance, captivating audiences with its diverse program of performances set against the backdrop of ancient Roman ruins

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Average temperature

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Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.


When to Visit

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