Lyon is a romantic city in the southeast of France. Walking through the old quarter, you will see the sights of the times of the Roman Empire. Walking in modern areas will inevitably lead you to avant-garde cultural sites. Studying street after street, you can find not only fashionable and popular places, but also little-known, cozy places. The city is full of ancient basilicas, picturesque towers, legendary restaurants and hotels. To get to know Lyon more closely, to plunge into the atmosphere of the city, rent a car and explore the surroundings. In addition to exploring the main attractions, be sure to visit the local vineyards, from the fruits of which produce the famous Lyon wine.
IATA code: LYS
Location: 25 km from Lyon
Official website: http://www.lyonaeroports.com
Information: +33 826 80 08 26
The car rental service at Lyon Airport is provided by the companies: Hertz, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, National, Alamo, Europcar, Sixt, Total. At the entrance to the parking lot there are rental car rental desks. There are 6 parking zones near the airport, which can be booked in advance on the airport website.
Place de Fourviere, 8
The Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere is located on the Fourviere Hill, so it can be seen from anywhere in the city. In addition, it pretty stands out among other architectural buildings. The church was erected in the 19th century on the basis of an old temple built in the 12th century. Neo-Byzantine construction organically combines elements of Gothic. The interior of the basilica will definitely surprise anyone: ancient sculptures and mosaics successfully complement marble statues and stained glass windows. Almost every square centimeter is covered with stucco and gilding. Walking around the church, one can feel not only unprecedented luxury, but also the holiness of the place. Everything bad is forgotten here and there is hope for a cloudless future.
rue des Serpollieres, 4 www.museeurbaintonygarnier.com
Having rented a car, go to the eastern part of the city to visit a very unusual museum - an open-air museum. The main idea of the idea is to decorate old buildings. So, walking around the quarter, you will see houses whose walls are full of bright pictures. The innovative idea has pleased residents and today, more than 24 walls are part of the museum project, which at the end of the 20th century received the UNESCO award.
Place du Petit College, 1 http://www.gadagne.musees.lyon.fr/
Walking around Lyon's Old Quarter, turn into the Gadagne Museum. Here you can not only get acquainted with historical exhibits, but also visit the famous puppet exhibition. Once upon a time, the famous Hotel Gadan was located on this place, but today it displays more than 80,000 exhibits located in 30 halls, as well as a small theater that seats up to 150 people. After exploring, you can take a walk in the garden, enjoying unusual plants.
Saint-Jean Cathedral is located in the Old Town. You will recognize it by its astronomical clock, which, by the way, is one of the most ancient. The main building is adjacent to the museum, which contains a collection of treasures. Going on an excursion, be sure to stop at the medieval stained glass windows dating from the 13th century, examine the 15th century Bourbon chapel with amazing sculptures, as well as the statue of John the Baptist. Pay attention to the two crosses at the altar, which symbolize the unity of the churches.
Having rented a car, go to the famous Lyon quarter, where silk production is concentrated. For a more detailed study of the area, you can even use the services of a guide. If you plan to explore the area yourself, be sure to visit the ancient Roman temple, walk along Monte de la Grand Cote and Canute Boulevard. If you like the baroque style, go to the Church of St. Bruno. At the end of the walk, you can look into the Rose World, where minerals and plants are successfully combined.
Park Tet d´Or - a huge territory in one of the districts of Lyon, where you can spend a leisurely whole day. In the warm season, people come here from all around to enjoy nature, ride bicycles and boats, do jogging, and play golf. If this is your first time in a park, visit the zoo with more than 130 animals. Crocodiles, pelicans and flamingos, lions and giraffes - this is just a small list of individuals that you can see. Many of them live free, so visitors have a wonderful chance to have fun. The Botanical Garden in Tête d'Or Park is a true oasis of beauty. You will have the opportunity to visit the greenhouse pool, which contains amazing plants of the Amazon, rose garden, which presents a wide variety of varietal and wild roses,
Rent a car and drive to the small town of Otriv, where an incredibly beautiful castle is located, the name of which speaks for itself. Its creator, Ferdinand Cheval spent 33 years of his life to realize a dream project. It is interesting that during the construction he used stones of an unusual shape, which doubly inspired him to create the Ideal castle. It is difficult to determine the style of the attraction: here are the biblical motifs and elements of Hindu mythology. The first thing that catches your eye is a variety of figures of people and animals, including fantastic ones. Inside the palace there are many corridors, nooks, each of which is decorated with unusual stucco molding. Special attention should be paid to chandeliers, which are a composition of shells and elaborate stones. An ideal castle, however, has one drawback:
The village of Peruges is often called the most beautiful village in France. No wonder they shot the film “Angelica Marquise of the Angels” and the Three Musketeers. The city has a special and somewhat mysterious atmosphere. Walking along rue des Rondes, you can go to the main square and take a photo against the backdrop of centuries-old linden, geraniums in pots, vineyards. Along the way, you will notice many original cafes where you can taste local dishes. It is interesting that, despite all the historical charm, life is in full swing in the city. In the mornings, residents rush to work, in the evenings - cozy lights of floor lamps are visible in the windows.
Annecy is a small but very popular city among tourists. Here you can admire the snow-capped mountains, the lake surface. The city is filled with catchy flowers, the beauty of which will literally haunt you. The highlight of Annecy is that streams and canals pass through the city - this makes it look like Venice, but with the French amendment. Paved alleys, colorful boats, old houses create a certain charm. Arriving in Annecy, take a walk along the street of Saint-Clair, throw a coin into the fountain of Saint-Jean, kiss on the bridge of Lovers. Be sure to find the shop of Jean-Jacques Gamblo and try Italian ice cream.
Grenoble is located in a picturesque place between the three mountain ranges. Upon arrival, be sure to make a tourist route in order to have time to explore all the interesting places. Take the funicular to the Bastille, where you can enjoy stunning city views and dine in the panoramic restaurant. Then head off to the Dauphiné Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, where you can attend classical music concerts and explore the paintings of Picasso. Hiding from the sun, walking along the shady alleys, will turn out in the Mistral Field Park. At the end of the trip, take a ticket for the Le Petit Train de la Mure pleasure train, which will take you along the picturesque banks of the Dra River and past the Monteinar Dam. For a comfortable ride, rent a car.
34 rue Chevreul http://www.lekitchencafe.com/#_=_
If you are looking for a cozy place where you can have a delicious breakfast or just a snack, opt for Le Kitchen Cafe. The institution is open from 8:30, so it’s very convenient to go here for a delicious bun and a cup of coffee, and then go explore Lyon. In addition, the cafe is open for lunch on Sundays, which is very rare. Here you can sit in a small company and enjoy coffee, enjoy coffee, enjoy homemade cakes and pastries. Friendly staff and unusual interior make a good impression. Le Kitchen Cafe wants to come back again and again.
4 rue de la Baleine http://www.lepiqueassiette.fr/#_=_
At the entrance to the restaurant Le Pique Assiette you will be met by a knight in armor. The interior of the institution corresponds to the first impressions - it seems as if you really moved to another century, and have the opportunity to join the life of knights. Here you should definitely try foie gras, rustic bread, beef with potatoes in mushroom sauce, red wine. At Le Pique Assiette you can come to dine or watch a football match.
6 rue du Boeuf | Hotel Cour des Loges http://www.courdesloges.com/#_=_
If you walk around the Old Town and decide to have a delicious lunch, leave the rental car in the parking lot and head to the Cafe Epicerie. The institution positions itself as a cafe, however, the variety of dishes and the quality of service is worthy of the attention of demanding tourists. In fine weather, you can sit at a table on the summer terrace. The menu presents exclusively French cuisine. Whatever you order, everything will always be delicious.
8 Place Saint Jean
If you're a big fan of burgers, delicious sauces and french fries, Soul Food & Jazz Cafe is what you need. In addition to the burger, you can order beer or other soft drinks. While waiting for the order, you will have the opportunity to listen to American jazz or classical rock music. You don’t have to look for an institution for a long time, it is located on the square near the cathedral. You can sit on the terrace and watch the surrounding clutter.
6 rue Hippolyte Flandrin http://www.archangecafe.com/#_=_
For real French cuisine and a romantic setting, head to L´Archange Restaurant. Originally decorated dishes and competent serving cause even more appetite. If you do not understand French cuisine and wine, ask the advice of the waiters, then an unforgettable experience of a meal is guaranteed. The menu changes depending on the season, so be sure that all the ingredients are fresh and the dishes are delicious.
ZAC du Chapotin, 565 Rue Tony Garnier
+33 4 37 23 61 61 http://www.mercure.com/fr/ double room - from € 72
If you plan to travel in a rented car, while at the same time claiming comfort and good service, opt for the Mercure Lyon Est Chaponnay. Good breakfast, comfortable rooms, crystal clear - you need not worry about these points. The advantage of the hotel is its proximity to the airport and train station. The city center is a 20-minute drive away. Noisy places and establishments are far away, so the rest at the hotel will be calm and measured.
23 Rue Roger Radisson
+33 4 74 70 07 00 http://www.fourviere-hotel.com/fr double room - from € 118
To relax in rooms named after famous people in Lyon, head to Fourviere Hotel. The hotel itself is a historical monument, where the monastery once functioned. Small reminders of this remained in the interior of the building: ceiling painting, altar. The atmosphere of the hotel captures, immersing tourists in the villages of famous classics. Staying here, you can touch the history of the city. Lyon attractions are within walking distance. After exploring the cultural sites, you can dine in the restaurant, return to the hotel and stroll through the luxurious park area.
Parc Technoland ZI Champ Dolin, 9 Rue Aime Cotton
+33 4 37 25 80 00 http://www.kyriad-prestige-lyon-est-saint-priest-eurexpo.fr/fr double room - from € 111
Delicious breakfasts, great service and spacious rooms await you at Kyriad Prestige Lyon Est. It offers tourists: free parking, where you can leave a rental car, a swimming pool, where you can cheer up in the morning, a fitness room to tone your muscles. The hotel is ideal for long stays and overnight stays. Responsive staff will ensure that you are provided with everything you need.
28 Rue Vaubecour
+33 4 78 37 44 91 http://www.hotelvaubecour-lyon.com/ double room - from € 85
The advantage of Hotel Vaubecour is that it is located in the city center. Feel the authentic French style and charm of the city here. If you do not plan to explore the surroundings and stay in Lyon for a couple of days, then feel free to choose this hotel. You will have the opportunity to walk around the outstanding sights, visit restaurants, which are nearby a lot, to experience the charm of urban life in Lyon.
14 Bis Quai General Sarrail
+33 4 28 00 02 50 http://www.okkohotels.com/ double room - from € 180
Okko Hotels Lyon Pont Lafayette is a truly luxurious, heavenly place. It is located in the city center. Each room is especially cozy, and the service is fast. The staff takes care that you have everything and more. The rooms offer a wonderful view of the city. A nice bonus is a varied breakfast and a wide selection of drinks in the lobby throughout the day. The hotel also has a fitness center and dry cleaning services.
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