Situated at the crossroads of Northern Europe and the Mediterranean,
Lyon, the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region and the second
largest contributor to the French economy after Paris is a gourmet’s
paradise. Lyon exhibits its mixed heritage, by displaying traits
of a typical northern French town in some areas, while other features
bear witness to its Latin heritage.
The evidence of the Roman city ruins show that the city’s
history began on Fourvière Hill, where The Romans named Lyon
Laudanum, meaning the ‘city of light’. This tradition
continues to the present day - every evening throughout the
year, more than one hundred sites throughout the city are lit up
to show the grandeur of Lyon’s architecture.
Besides Paris, the city brags the largest number of Michelin-starred
restaurants and famous chefs in the whole of France. For those of
you who have an appetite, Paul Bocuse and his famous restaurant
can treat you with quality, scrumptious cuisine and for a less sophisticated
atmosphere, you can also sample the simple delights of a bouchon,
a small picturesque restaurant specializing in local delicacies.
You can visit a number of historical eras, from Fourvière
Hill to evidence of Lyon’s power in the Gallo-Roman period.
Old Lyon contains the largest display of Renaissance architecture
in France, which dates back to the end of the 15th century.
You can enjoy the pleasant sunny and temperate weather while you
take a stroll around Lyon and discover the authentic local feature
or appreciate the architectural splendor of the city.