Lyon is an often-overlooked city in France that travellers will not want to miss. It sits at the junction of the Rhone and Saone river and is the third-largest city in the country. Lyon is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites making it full of historic significance and culture. Foodies will especially love Lyon as it is considered to be the gastronomical capital of France.
The best time to visit Lyon is in September or October. During these months the air is crisp, and the colourful foliage makes for a beautiful backdrop. Crowds are also low in September and October so you won’t have to worry about waiting in long lines when at attractions.
Lyon has something for every traveller but will really appeal to history buffs as it dates back to the Roman era. For example, one of the city’s most popular attractions is the Ancient Theatre of Fourviere, which is the oldest theatre in France. This interesting piece of roman architecture sits on the top of Fourviere Hill and is still used for an annual summer festival. Another interesting historic site in Lyon is Parc de la Tete d’Or, a 19th-century park with a lake. Here you can’t help but feel relaxed as you take in the surrounding greenery that was inspired by English landscapes. There are a lot of fun activities to take part in at Parc de la Tete d’Or such as miniature golf, boat rides (in the summer), and puppet shows. Along with a zoological park that has African savanna animals like lions and giraffes that roam free over 3 hectares of land, therefore Parc de la Tete d’Or is very family-friendly.
As mentioned before, Lyon is renowned for its incredible cuisine. Its restaurants serve traditional dishes from the area that usually consist of bechamel sauce (made from a white roux and milk), potatoes, and cold meats. Lyon’s best selection of restaurants can be found in The Rue Merciere or the Vieux Lyon neighbourhood which also has many attractive terraces to dine on. Those who enjoy markets will want to stop in at the famed Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, an indoor market that has a reputation for selling the finest gourmet food in the region. The market is not small by any means and has 13,000 square metres of food vendors that span over 3 floors. The vendors serve a variety of food and include butchers, bakers, cheesemongers, and chocolatiers. In addition to the many vendors, there are also restaurants and bars in Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse for those looking for more of a formal dining experience.
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