Lyon and its region
Lyon, the former capital of the Gauls, has preserved a remarkable architectural heritage ranging from the Roman era to the 21st century, including the Renaissance. As such, the districts of Vieux-Lyon, the Fourvière hill, the presqu'ile peninsula and the slopes of Croix-Rousse with their famous "traboules" (stairs and passageways) are on the Unesco world heritage list.
Lyon, as a city of gastronomy, is distinguished by its numerous and typical "bouchons" which serve traditionally popular meals as well as its famous gourmet restaurants run by starred chefs.
Léon Daudet wrote that "Lyon is a city watered by three large rivers: the Rhône, the Saône and the Beaujolais, which is never silty nor dry".
Silk-related history, museums, theatres and café-theatres, numerous exhibitions and other cultural events, and fashion also has its place in Lyon, especially that of the designers on the slopes of the Croix-Rousse. Lyon is ideally located between the Monts d'Or, the Monts du Lyonnais, the Beaujolais, the Dombes; It is an exceptional starting point to explore this magnificent region full of breathtaking sights and all kinds of curiosities to discover.
Eating in Lyon means having the choice between:
The famed “Bouchons Lyonnais"
Lyon's local cuisine
Within 2 km from the residence, there are over a dozen eateries with this label that
offer the typical Lyonnaise cuisine and its authentic flavours. These typical restaurants are mainly located in Croix-Rousse, on the Presqu'île peninsula or in the Vieux-Lyon district of St Jean
It is hard to imagine a stay in Lyon and not dream about dining in one of its excellent restaurants. While Paul Bocuse is the first name that comes to mind, do not hesitate to delve back further in Lyon's culinary tradition with La Mère Brazier or choose one of Lyon's up-and-coming talented chefs. Treating yourself to fine dining in Lyon is an exceptional gift and an experience to remember.
Bistronomie means Bistrot as well as Gastronomy! It means excellent seasonal cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere, all without breaking the bank.
There is more than local cuisine in Lyon! You can enjoy the delicious French cuisine in many of the city's restaurants.
It is hard to go wrong with one of these eateries in which you can enjoy classic dishes.
Leisure in Lyon
The St Jean district
The St Jean district, at the base of Fourvière hill, is the medieval district of Old Lyon which is also one of the largest Renaissance areas in Europe. Be sure to visit St John's Cathedral, the Palais de Justice, the Gadagne museums, the cinema and miniature museum, the courtyards and "traboules", the Temple du Change, the St Paul district.
In the Presqu'Île district, which stretches from the Place de la Comédie to the Confluence, you will find the Opera, the Town Hall, the Place des Terreaux with the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication, the Place de la Bourse, des Jacobins, Bellecour, Carnot, the site of the former Hôtel Dieu, the Basilica Abbey of St Martin d'Ainay, the new Confluence district with its museum.
The Croix-Rousse district includes a hill, the "Pentes de la Croix-Rousse" (included in the Unesco World Heritage perimeter), which is an extension of the Presqu'Île peninsula and a plateau named the "Village" which overlooks the entire city. It is the district of the Canuts, the silk workers, with its courtyards and "traboules" passageways, the Maison des Canuts, its silk workshop, its murals and plant-covered walls and the Amphitheater of the Three Gauls.
The Monts d'Or
The Monts d'Or offer walks in nature with breathtaking views over Lyon for a "detox" getaway, all within 20km of the city centre.
The Monts du Lyonnais
Located at 40km from the city centre, beautiful discoveries await you at the heart of the Unesco Global Geopark du Beaujolais:
the Pierre Dorées (golden stone) villages, cellars, historical sites and museums.
40km from the city centre, the Dombes is a true festival of colours, scents and sounds. Also known as the land of a thousand ponds, its changing landscape never ceases to surprise.
Pilat Natural Park
A huge contrast at 60km from the city centre, Pilat is a medium-sized mountain range between 140 and 1432m above sea level. It brings together rich and diverse natural and cultural heritages in a rural setting.
Lyon Convention Centre
The city convention centre, located at 2.5 km from the residence, hosts many congresses and conferences throughout the year
Eurexpo, located 13 km from the residence, is Lyon's main exhibition venue.
The Part-Dieu district
The Part-Dieu district, 3 km from the residence, is Lyon's business district.