Lyon in France makes a good choice for a short holiday break
. If you are holidaying in the Rhône Valley or the area of Provence you may want to consider a visit to this city. It is the second largest city in France and like all French cities Lyon is divided into suburbs or arrondissements, as there are nine in the city you may have to decide which attractions are of most interest to you, especially if you are only here for a short stay as you will not have the time to explore all the areas. Lyon was a silk manufacturing city right up to fifty years ago.
One of the city’s charms is their many fine restaurants; you will find dishes on offer from all regions of France as well as overseas. You can enjoy traditional Lyonnais specialities; Lyon is definitely a gourmet’s delight the city has many famous chefs including Paul Bocuse and his famous restaurant.
There is plenty of choice when it comes to evening entertainment, numerous bars and clubs, jazz and classical concerts to enjoy. Many of the bars offer live music and light meals. You will find a few gay/lesbian bars and clubs.
There is a popular English style bar The Albion on 12 Rue Ste-Catherine complete with dartboard and big screen for sports events. It has a wide range of draught beers and a good choice of whiskies it also has regular live music nights. As you find your way around the city you should find a restaurant, bar or club venue to suit you.
You will want to see some of the attractions Lyon has to offer one of the best ways to see and appreciate the city’s heritage are on foot. As you stroll around the Old Lyon you will come across Renaissance architecture dating back to the 15th century. The Presqu´ile area has some attractive streets to wander around you will find department stores if you want to shop or cafes for a drink maybe. The Part-Dieu shopping centre may interest you with numerous antique shops to browse around boutiques that may be of interest to some of you, plenty to keep you occupied!
A good museum to visit
is the Musée des Tissus housed in an 18th century mansion there are a thousand samples of textiles on display through the ages. There are silks from Baghdad, carpets from India
and much more, the museum tells the story of silk manufacture and textiles from the Renaissance to present day.
Another interesting museum is the Musée des Beaux-Arts housed in a former Benedictine abbey it has a fine collection of carvings, sculptures and works by Matisse and Picasso amongst its many excellent exhibits.
You should find time to go up to La Croix-Rousse where the silk workers lived, here there are traboules-tunnelled passageways and alleyways, originally built and used for moving delicate fabrics about the manufacturing district.
The Maisons des Canuts museum has an important collection of historical textiles; guided tours are available which give an insight in to the silk industry. There are over a hundred sites lit up every evening throughout the city it is the best way to see the city’s architectural legacy.
Lyon is about two hours from the popular alpine ski resorts but is worth visiting in its own right. You should find plenty of things to do, attractions to visit
to make your holiday break enjoyable in this city and surrounding area.
Accommodation choices can be limited especially on week days as Lyon is a busy working city it is advisable to book prior to going if you have specific requirements, the Tourist Office on Place Bellecour can help you find suitable hotels etc. and supply details on the places you would like to see. You can also purchase the Lyon City Card from the Tourist Office and some hotels which allows limitless use of city transport and access to various museums.