Lyon is the third largest city in France and the birthplace of cinema. It was here that the brothers Lumiere first invented moving pictures. On the banks of the river Rhone Lyon is a gastronomes delight where many of its Bistros are found in the secret passageways used by the resistance to avoid capture by the Nazis in WWII. Lyon is famous for its small intimate Bouchons which where you share a table with other patrons enjoying hearty Lyonnais cooking washed down with a bottle of Cote du Rhone. Visit the old town in the Saint Jean quarter where you can marvel at the best preserved Renaissance quarters of Europe walking down the Rue Juiverie the site used in the filming of Bertrand Tavernier’s movie the Clockmaker. The other district to visit it La Croix Rouse the old silk-weaving quarter and home to the best of the Bouchons in Lyon Au Petit Bouchon Chez Georges 8, Rue Garet is the perfect place to try Lyons famous cuisine.
When to visit Lyon
Spring and fall are the best time to visit this French City but during these seasons there is always a chance of rain. The summers are hot and humid the winters are cold and damp with Lyon being susceptible to heavy fog December through February. To see Lyon at its best come visit in September when the weather is still warm and the summer tourists have gone, making apartments in Lyon easy to rent. Two highlights on Lyons calendar are Lumiere film festival October 15th till the 21 and the Lyon festival of lights where they focus on the city’s architectural heritage.
Getting to Lyon
One of the easiest ways of getting to Lyon from the United Kingdom is via the Eurostar from St. Pancras with a journey time of five hours. When in Lyon, buy the “Lyon City Card” it gives you free public transport on the buses, trams, and metro. The card gives you access to over 40 services and attractions: museums, shows, and guided tours including an open-topped bus tour and cruises on the river Rhone. The card is all you need to make traveling from your Lyon accommodation easy. Prices start at 21€ for a one-day pass up to 41€ for a three-day pass.
Where to stay in Lyon
A great alternative to an expensive hotel is to go self-catering and enjoy an entire apartment. HouseTrip.com offers a number of Lyon accommodation options from private studios to family friendly apartments. You can book one of the major apartments in Lyon quickly and securely in minutes.