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Tourism | 8 reasons to spend your holidays in Lyon this summer

What if the 100 km limit, on leaving confinement, had taught us to appreciate French landscapes again? Domestic tourism has been able to restore its reputation over the past three years. And for good reason ! Need beautiful escapes without breaking the budget? The hexagonal territory is not left out regarding the diversity of cultures and landscapes.

300 km north of Marseille, Lyon has more than one asset to satisfy the most curious. Evidenced by the ranking of the World Travel Awards which has raised the third city of France at the top of the emerging tourist destinations in the world. Here are some ideas for discovering (or rediscovering) the charm of Lyon.


Traveling for €5 is possible thanks to the TGV Inoui offer! Departing from Saint-Charles station in Marseille, travelers will board at a lower cost for only 1 hour 45 minutes.

Capital of French gastronomy

What better experience in Lyon than the one offered by its restaurants? French capital of gastronomy, we let ourselves be tempted by the many local specialties, scattered here and there in the different addresses of the city, between the brioches with pink praline, the brioche sausage, the quenelle or the pâté en croute.

Many “bouchons”, real institutions in Lyon, will offer a discovery of these products in the center of the old town. And to refuel, we find ourselves in “the belly of Lyon”, the Halles Paul Bocuse, also to learn more from local artisans!

Leading “sustainable” destinations

1st French destination to discover in 2022 according to the World Travel Awards, Lyon also stands out for its sustainable tourism approach. Elected in 2019 Capital of Smart Tourism by the European Union, it is developing a set of innovations to raise awareness among its local players in the CSR framework.

At the same time, it included the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS), an indicator of its partners’ commitment to the ecological aspect. Go to Lyon, it is therefore also the guarantee of taking part in green tourism!

Walk along the quays of the Rhône and the Saône

From the business district to Old Lyon via the Presqu’île, you will automatically pass through the famous Lyon quays, flanking the Rhône and the Saône. This is where the locals meet to sunbathe, sip a drink or even have a bite to eat. And lovers of unique experiences should be tempted to have a bite to eat aboard a moored barge!

Have an aperitif in a water taxi

For those who prefer to combine tasting and visit without getting tired, WaterTaxi Lyon offers a river shuttle service, with walks on the rivers. Depending on the occasion, we choose to have an aperitif, a brunch or a picnic with the family. The trip adapts to the program of the guests, aboard motor boats that can accommodate up to 11 people.

“Trabouler” in Old Lyon

Classified by Unesco as a World Heritage Site since 1998, Old Lyon is a historic district with a unique charm. The city is also known for its many traboules, these passages in the buildings joining one street to another. Courses are even referenced, ideal for organizing a real family treasure hunt.

Visit a range of historical monuments…

In addition to the atypical unveiled in the old town, certain corners and districts of Lyon are immersed in an atmosphere of yesteryear. On the one hand with its various religious monuments scattered around the city, including the Fourvière basilica as a local symbol; On the other hand with its historic buildings, such as the courthouse, recognizable by its 24 columns.

Finally, a former ancient territory, travelers will be able to discover many vestiges, in particular the theatres, on the way up to Fourvière. In summer, concerts take over the premises to the delight of the locals.

and contemporaries

Who said holidays don’t rhyme with learning? At the end of the Presqu’Île, at the junction of the two rivers, visitors can discover the Musée des Confluences, inaugurated in 2014. With its contemporary and explosive architecture, the building reveals temporary and permanent exhibitions around major universal questions, on the origin of humanity, the diversity of cultures but also the place of man within the living.

Others will prefer to question themselves at the museum of miniatures and cinema in the heart of Old Lyon where scenes are reproduced and numerous collectibles are exhibited.

A cultural bath before starting other activities that should delight the whole family. Go to the Lyon tourist office website to take a look.

Where to stay?

With family

On the side of the business district, at the exit of the Lyon Part-Dieu train station, the Appart’hôtel Citadines offers studios and two-room apartments, ranging from two to four people. Fully equipped, it allows families to have all the necessary comfort for a stay of several days 10 minutes from the Tête d’Or park.

In duet

Without hesitation, go to Cour des Loges, in the heart of Old Lyon! This intimate address, skilfully mixing period furniture and top-of-the-range comfort, will immerse you in a setting that is as authentic as it is romantic.


A stone’s throw from the Halles Paul Bocuse, the Radisson Blu Hotel has taken up residence in Lyon’s famous “pencil”, the Part-Dieu tower. Head to the 32nd floor to reach the reception, before climbing a few more meters to discover a breathtaking view from its window!

And outside of holidays?

Many spots allow professionals to take advantage of a unique setting to work in peace. Note the Gadagne garden, a bucolic setting surrounded by rosebushes. On a bench or on the top floor, on the terrace of the café-restaurant, enjoy a unique space combining history and nature in the heart of the city.

Other gardens are accessible and conducive to calm, such as that of the Museum of Fine Arts or that of the Rosary. For an antique atmosphere, go to the theaters of Lyon, on the climb leading to Fourvière.

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