Mini guide to Lyon
Lyon is an attractive metropolis that lies between the Rhône and the
Saone river valley systems, offering everything you'd expect from a modern city.
It's proximity to the Mediterranean and the Alps make it a destination with
countless opportunities for exploration; meanwhile the city itself is a vibrant
labyrinth of shops, restaurants and historic sights.
There's plenty to see on a walking tour of this city: colourful parks and lazy
cafés seem almost ubiquitous, while the old town is a wonderful maze
of narrow streets and passages centred around the pedestrian rue St-Jean which
ends at the 12th-to 15th-century Cathedral St-Jean.
Discovering the Rhône valley by car is highly recommended: the winding
lanes and sweet smelling orchards that wrap around the region are redolent of
heavenly fables. Here you'll find the Beaujolais country, which is incomparable
for its wine and cuisine.
Lyon lies 431kms southeast of Paris and 311kms north of Marseille; and is a
byway to the Mediterranean. The Rhône valley is a much more scenic place
for those looking for something other than sand and sea.
Lyon has an embattled history; evidence of this fact can be seen in the many
sights of Lyon. This aside, the city has prospered since the arrival in the
15th century of Louis XI who enjoyed an international influence. Merchandise
and merchants came from afar, even from the east, ensuring the steady economic
growth of the city.
Lyon is easily reachable and couldn't be any more convenient when travelling
there or away. Many of France's major cities have direct motorway routes through
to Lyon. The city is also on the TGV line, with regular trains arriving from
Paris. A large international airport serves many worldwide cities.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Boscolo Hotel Grand
Novotel Lyon La Part Dieu
Mercure Grand Hotel Chateau Perrache
Hotel Axotel Perrache
Le Meridien Part-Dieu
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full list of hotels and online booking