Lyon City Breaks
With great shopping spots, hedonistic nightlife and plenty of cultural attractions, France’s second city is a fantastic destination for a city break. In addition, Lyon’s abundance of fine dining options and world-class chefs has earned the city the epithet the ‘gastronomical capital’ of the world. Indeed, after Paris, Lyon has the most restaurants per square mile in Europe, making it an ideal getaway for foodies.
Lyon has a large and varied selection of accommodation available, making it a suitable destination for a range of travellers. Simple bed and breakfasts and small hotels offer the cheapest accommodation whereas Vieux Lyon’s chic hotels promise a more luxurious stay.aaa
What to Do in Lyon
Home to an abundance of museums, galleries, historic buildings and a world-famous opera house, travellers are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to attractions. However, the Musée des Beaux Arts and the Musée des Tissus are not to be missed. Housed in a previous Benedictine abbey, the Musée des Beaux Arts is Lyon’s fine arts gallery. The collection has a variety of works and includes artefacts from ancient Greece and works by Rubens and Picasso. As the former silk capital of the world, it is only right that Lyon has a museum dedicated to silk: Musée des Tissus. The museum has a fantastic collection of fine furnishing and a handful of carefully reconstructed rooms which offer a unique window into the 18th century.
During your Lyon city break, be sure to dedicate some time to sightseeing. Two of the most famous historic landmarks in Lyon are the Ampithéâtre Gallo Romain which sits on top of Fourvière and the Cathédrale St. Jean which dates back to the 12th Century.
Lyon is also a great destination for shopping as there is an excellent variety of shopping areas. From luxury boutiques and antique shops housed in period buildings to modern shopping centres, there are destinations for every shopper. In addition, there are also a number of markets to browse including food markets and Les Puces du Canal which is the city’s most famous flea market and is open every Sunday.
There are plenty of bars, pubs and clubs in Lyon to keep travellers entertained when the sun goes down. In addition, during the evening more than 100 of Lyon’s historical sites are lit up, making the city perfect for an after dinner stroll. If you are travelling in May be sure to check out the famous Nuits Sonores, Lyon’s major music festival.