Pack your bags and tie up your shoelaces to take a trip to a world apart, a city that gives you a glimpse of paradise, a place adorned with architectural beauty, is indeed charismatic and full of life.
Lyon- A World Apart
A city in France, that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, Lyon brims with history that spans over 2,000 years. Its worth mentioning that the city has a remarkable architectural heritage and occupies 500 hectares in the heart of the town.
Lyon provides to its citizens an ideal quality of life as it is a city of culture. It is the 1st smart and business friendly city in France, and also the 1st city in Europe that qualifies as a city break. A charismatic and lively city that clasps onto growth and modernization, Lyon rivals numerous other major European cities which is quite obvious.
A Stroll Back Into The Past
Lyon will satiate your cravings of uncovering some amazing history and travel back in time. Just head out to the Vieux Lyon district that exudes a unique atmosphere. Here, you will explore erstwhile hidden passageways between buildings that were used as a major route to trade and protect silk.
Experience Lyon’s history as you talk a stroll through the Old Town to witness an incredible blend of Romanesque, Renaissance and Gothic architecture; beautifully cobbled alleyways, wine bars and restaurants and boutique shops streamline themselves to light up your way.
Unearth interesting art and artifacts by checking out the Museum of Fine Arts to gaze at some incredible art and sculpture that belongs to the Renaissance and also Egyptian antiquities.
Tip: Get hold of a Lyon city card and enjoy free access to multiple galleries, guided tours, public transports and even boat cruises!
Routes At A Glance
Lyon, which is also the capital of the Rhône Alpes region is just two hours by TGV (high-speed train) from Paris and a mere 90 minutes from the Mediterranean coast and major Alpine ski resorts. So, rivers, lakes, mountains or snow, you can choose to see anything from Lyon. Switzerland is the most visited country from here.
Ideally nestled in the heart of Europe, Lyon is under 2 hours away from all major European cities. We can fly to 115 destinations from Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport. No wonder, the city receives a whooping 8.5 million passengers each year which you can be a part it. On the contrary, Paris stays rather isolated in the North.
Lyon As Utopia For Food
For you, if food is something that gives you ultimate satisfaction, then you must know that the city is also famous for its gastronomical delights. And, in large part, its credit goes to Paul Bocuse, the pope of French gastronomy who is to soon celebrate his silver jubilee as a 3-star chef. With 15 Michelin-star restaurants, the future Cité de la Gastronomie and 4,000 eateries to its name, Lyon doesn’t need to prove that it is the global food capital, or at least France’s.
These three restaurants you mustn’t miss during your gastronomical trip out here: La Mère Brazier , Restaurant Le Gourmet de Séze, and L’Archange.
Drop by in one of these for tasting some ultimate delicacies. A finger licking experience along with a soothing and enticing ambiance is what you will find here. For a more carefree experience, spend a couple of hours in any outdoor cafe or coffee shop. You will realize how the hours go by.
City of Festivals
This dynamic city of France is actually a city full of events. Lyon Métropole has an astonishing, charismatic and culturally rich ambiance. Lyon exhibits archives, festivals, shopping centers, theaters, opera, masterpieces, lawns and over 21,000 cultural and creative or imaginative affairs take place round the year.
Throughout the year, Lyon stays alive and awake with many events. Some of the most famous include the Festival of Lights, the Contemporary Art Biannual, the Dance Biannual, the electronic music festival, the performing arts festival, the crime fiction festival and the Greatest Lyon Film Festival.
All of these captivates millions of visitors every year. Events, performances, concerts, exhibitions, and festivals are a daily affair in this city. For those who visit and reside in the city, and also for those who bloom and flourish on confrontations and emotions one really can’t afford to miss these out.
The Enticing Space
A city with a booming and flourishing economy Lyon is home to 21 million inhabitants in the urban parts and offers an enticing environment in which to establish and expand companies. No wonder, 60% of Europe’s judgment-makers chose Lyon as their substitute French city to Paris.
An Innovative City At The Cutting Edge of Technology
We can say Lyon is an innovative city. At the cutting edge of technology for the city’s major research and higher-education establishments testify to its innovation capabilities. In addition to this, it has 13,300 researchers and some 600 laboratories.
Moreover, it is the 2nd business park in France which makes Lyon an interesting alternative to Paris with prices that are 30% lower on average. So, techies out there, if you are looking for one place to settle and try things out, you can definitely consider Lyon. It’s definitely a better option than Paris if you are looking to set up a business.
An Affordable City of Dreams
Altogether, the city has an exceptional quality of life. Wonderfully, it is the 2nd happiest region in all of France according to the Indice Relatif du Bonheur (happiness index). It captivates visitors with its exceptional heritage and affluent culture. Moreover, its excellent location between the sea and the mountains, is a cherry on the cake.
If you are heading to France and all you have in mind is Paris, but you can’t seem to afford it, fret not!. Lyon provides an equally authentic French experience at a much cheaper price. Go Lyon!
The Rhone And The Saone…
While some states are dry and landlocked, Lyon is lucky enough to be blessed with two rivers, the Rhone and the Saone; and a cruise on either will please you with some stunning views and a soothing experience. Most boats are turned into fancy cafes and classy restaurants, so, a cruise on these rivers calls for the perfect afternoon siesta.
If these reasons are cool enough, then stop thinking and plan your trip right away. Make your French dreams come true!