With a vibrant cultural scene, great shopping opportunities and a number of tourist attractions, it is easy to see why Lyon is such a well-loved holiday destination. Lyon also has a formidable reputation for its cuisine both within France and beyond, making it a great destination for food-lovers.
Lyon enjoys its best weather during the summer months (June to September). However, during July and August temperatures can soar to 35°C which may make the city uncomfortable for some travellers, particularly those who plan on spending a lot of time outside. Therefore, the best time to visit is either in June or September. In addition, going in June or September allows you to avoid the summer crowds.
Lyon is served by Lyon Saint Exupery Airport (LYS) which is the fourth busiest airport in France. On average, it will take around 1 hour and 40 minutes to fly to Lyon from London and both scheduled airlines and low-cost airlines like EasyJet offer flights.
There are regular buses which can take arrivals to the town centre as well as other Rhone Alpes destinations. There are also taxis outside Terminal run which get you to the town centre in 30 minutes. However, do note that these vehicles can be quite expensive.
What to Do in Lyon
Lyon’s skyline is replete with landmarks to visit. Perhaps the most famous is the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière. This 19th century church is an odd mash-up of architectural styles earning it the epithet ‘the upside down elephant’. If you take a tour of the church you can see both the crypt and the observation tower. Another landmark not to be missed is the Cathédrale St-Jean. The cathedral dates back to the 12th century and has both a stunning exterior and a fascinating interior to explore.
While in Lyon be sure to try out the food which the city is so famous for. From large restaurants which are managed by some of the best chefs in France to cosy bistros ran by families, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining! Local dishes include quenelles which are meat-based dumplings, pig’s trotters and boudin noir which is a variation of black pudding.
Art and history lovers will be pleased to know that there are a number of great museums and galleries to visit in Lyon. One of the most famous galleries is the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. Affectionately referred to as the little Louvre, this museum is home to a fantastic collection of paintings and sculptures. Musée des Tissus is another attraction not to be missed. This interesting museum looks at the history of fabrics and highlights include Egyptian tapestries and Marie-Antoinette’s wall-hangings.