Lyon – France’s Second Most Important City
The city of Lyon is the second most important city in France, after Paris and it is situated between Paris and Marseille. At an elevation of 162 meters above sea level, the city is home to 491,268 residents who are known as ‘Lyonnais’. This is the third largest city in France and serves an important seat of the metropolis of Lyon and is the capital for both Rhône-Alpes region and the Rhône department. More than 2,214,068 people reside in the greater metropolitan area of Lyon, making it the second largest metropolitan area in France. Filled with numerous architectural prodigies that have been declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Lyon of today is the capital of gastronomy in France and in the world. Major hub for banking, bio tech, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, Lyon houses the headquarters of Interpol, Euronews and International Agency for Research on Cancer. As per the livability ranking of mercer in 2015, Lyon is the 2nd in France and 39th livable city in the world. French is the official language spoken by the majority of the people.
Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport is the primary airport serving Lyon and is located at a distance of 20 km from the city center. All flights coming to Lyon land at this airport which is among the largest airports in France. Lying between the temperate oceanic climates in North, warm continental climate and subtropical Mediterranean climate, the city experiences cool summers and cold winters. In Lyon, winter months are the driest. January is the coldest month of year and July is the warmest. Snowfall is very uncommon. The city can be visited all year round but the summer months are very popular among the tourists. March, April, October and November are the shoulder season and city is not very crowded. Nuits de Fourvière Festiva in July, Lyon Film Festival, Biennial of Dance in autum and The Festival of Lights on 8th December are the major festivals celebrated in the city and visiting the city during these festivals is the best way to explore the local culture.
Start your Lyon city tour from Musée des Beaux Arts, which is among the best fine arts museum in France. Housing the 17th century Palais Saint Pierre, the museum showcases Europe's largest collection artwork. Quartier Saint-Jean and Quartier Saint-Georges which the old town of Lyon has narrow cobblestone lanes and is bursting with numerous historical and religious attractions. Musée de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine or the Museum of Archaeology is another major attraction in the city, known for its antiques belonging to the nearby located Roman archaeological sites of Saint-Romain-en-Gal and Vienne. The city of Lyon is very famous for its regional cuisine and there are many epicurean restaurants and culinary boutiques where you can savor local delicacies.
Colline de la Croix-Rousse (which served as an important center of weaving in the early 19th-century), Presqu'ile District (a beautiful island famous for its architecture and monumental town squares), Musée des Tissus and Musée des Arts Decoratifs (a unique museum), Centre d'Histoire de la Resistance et de la Deportation, Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourviere, Primatiale Cathédrale Saint-Jean Baptiste, Abbaye Saint-Martin d'Ainay, Parc de la Tête d'Or, Musée de l'Imprimerie and Mural of Famous People from Lyon. The city has numerous parks, gardens, museums and galleries which tourists can visit on their trip to Lyon.
Eating and Shopping
Every restaurant in the city displays their menu with prices displayed outside and the price in inclusive of service, bread and tap water. Bouchons, which are the traditional restaurants in Lyon can be found everywhere and these are the best places to enjoy the local delicaies like salade lyonnaise, saucisson chaud, quenelle de brochet, tablier de sapeur, andouillette, gratin dauphinois, cervelle de canut and rognons de veau à la moutarde. Varieties of cuisine options are also available in Lyon. Friom budget eating places to mid-range eateries to splurge restaurants, food in Lyon is a luxury, tourists of any budget can afford.
The markets in Lyon are operational only form Monday to Saturday from 10 am till 7 pm. Generally shops remain closed on Mondays except during the festive seasons. Wines, locally made food as well as non-food items, exotic food items, antiques, clothes and small souvenirs are some of the major shopping items in Lyon. Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, Croix-Rousse market, St Antoine market, Bahadourian, La Part-Dieu, Rue du Président Edouard Herriot, Rue Victor Hugo, Rue de la République, Rue Auguste Comte and Carré de Soie are the major shopping destinations which have malls, antique stores, luxury outlets, super stores and even pedestrian markets where you can buy everything under the sun.
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