Things to do and see in Lyon
In any season, you will be spoiled for choice of things to do and see in Lyon! Whether you’re looking for cultural, sporting or relaxing activities, you can easily compose a varied agenda for your visit to Lyon to suits your tastes. On the cultural side, do not miss the essentials: the Roman theaters of Fourvière, the traboules of Old Lyon, the Bartholdi Fountain, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Célestins theater and fabulous religious constructions: the Primatiale Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste, the Basilica of Fourvière and the Basilica-Abbey of Saint-Martin-d'Ainay. If you want to venture a little further, the outskirts of Lyon offer many possibilities: hiking, cycling, leisure parks, golf, paragliding, climbing, canyoning ... But you can also take care of yourself by visiting one of the many city spas or well-being centres or treat yourself and go shopping ! An absolute must while visiting Lyon, is a boat trip along the river - marvel at the many sites while you sit back and relax.
Nature and its many gifts
Well-known as a green city, Lyon has many parks where you can relax in between two visits. The largest is the Tête d'Or park. Classified as a remarkable garden, it is home to a beautiful lake, botanical gardens and the Lyon zoo. If you have a little time, explore the surroundings of Lyon which reveal a great natural diversity between the Monts du Lyonnais in the south and the Dombes plateau in the north. Another way to enjoy local nature is to taste its products which have long made the reputation of Lyon gastronomy. On the menu: the Lyonnaise salad, the le tablier de sapeur, dumplings, the famous andouillette (tripe sausage), the Saint-Marcellin and the Saint-Félicien cheeses, the pogne, the praline pie… All washed down, in moderation of course, with a local wine : a Beaujolais or a Côtes-du-Rhône.
Evenings out in Lyon - bars, restaurants and nightlife
After a hearty evening meal in one of the famous Lyonnais restaurants, you might fancy a last drink with the locals or if you’re a night owl, the choice of late night bars or night clubs is rather good. You will be spoiled for choice: on the banks of the Rhône on board a traditional barge, on the slopes of Croix-Rousse hill for a more alternative atmosphere, in Old Lyon for its cosmopolitan side or to the station Brotteaux to feel a more "Jet-Set", trendy feel. These areas ensure you will have a great evening in a café-theater, concert bar, billiards bar, piano bar, wine bar, tapas bar, a pub or a disco. You see, you really have a great choice while staying for a weekend or city break in Lyon with Odalys !