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Lyon: city of light, city of gastronomy, city of history, city with a thousand faces. This is a city whose surprises never end. Nestled in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, where the Rhone and the Saone meet, sits this Gaulles capital, which was voted "Best European weekend destination" at the Word TravelAward 2016. It's an award well-earned because touring this city and discovering all it has t...
Lyon: city of light, city of gastronomy, city of history, city with a thousand faces. This is a city whose surprises never end. Nestled in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, where the Rhone and the Saone meet, sits this Gaulles capital, which was voted "Best European weekend destination" at the Word TravelAward 2016. It's an award well-earned because touring this city and discovering all it has to offer will take you well over a weekend.
Between cultural visits in the Vieux Lyon district, a picturesque point on the Fourvière hill, the Croix-Rousse market, street art in the Pentes district, a gourmet stop at a traditional Lyonnaise "bouchon", and numerous concerts and festivals, you're spoiled for choice in this city. We take you to discover Lyon as it's never been seen before, ideal for a romantic getaway or to create unforgettable memories with friends.
Where to sleep in Lyon ?
Built on two hills and located between two rivers, Lyon is divided into nine districts, resulting in distinct neighborhoods, each with a different vibe and soul. Here, there is something for everyone, sure to satisfy a variety of tastes. Here are our best rental tips for a stay in Lyon.
The Presqu'île district is often a popular destination for renting an apartment for a weekend in Lyon. It's the nerve center of Lyon, after all, mixing architectural and cultural heritage with modern, trendy shopping and good eats. This central area, which includes the 1st and 2nd district of Lyon, gives you easy access to all major points of interest in Lyon.
With a character marked by an unmistakable artistic and bohemian vibe, the hills of Croix-Rousse (also known as "Les Pentes de la Croix-Rousse") are also an excellent choice for a short-term rental in Lyon. This cozy neighborhood is full of narrow streets with Latin charm, cafes and small designer boutiques. "Les Pentes" is French for "the slopes," so be prepared for a hilly walk when you rent an apartment in Croix-Rousse.
Staying in Croix-Rousse, Lyon's 4th district , gives you access to magnificent apartments with breathtaking views of the Fourvière hill. Very family-friendly, the district of Croix-Rousse is often considered as a small village in its own right in the big city of Lyon.
For a stay steeped in culture and history, we advise you to choose an apartment in Old Lyon, located in the 5th district of Lyon. Perfectly preserved and revered, this district is a jewel in France's cap of art and history, plunging you into the Renaissance era. On the doorstep of your apartment, you'll find the Cathedral Saint-Jean or the Temple du Change.
Finally, for a more urban city experience, the 3rd and 6th arrondissements on the banks of the Rhone offer a more modern face of the city, while keeping the spirit dolce vita and that animated Lyon character alive. An incredible variety of bars and restaurants enliven the neighborhood. The banks of the Rhone offers you a long, leisurely walk of around 15 kilometers, enlivened with the rhythm of barges and cafes where drinks in the sun and people watching are the order of the day.
For those who would rather opt for a weekend in the countryside near Lyon, the Monts d'Or and the Monts du Lyonnais are waiting for you. Escape for a few days and rent a house with swimming pool in the Monts d'Or, a veritable green lung located within a 30-minute just drive north-west of Lyon.
What to do in Lyon?
Whether you are visiting for a weekend or a week, Lyon adapts to all rhythms and offers activities for all desires. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lyon is a mix of emblematic places such as Place Bellecour or Saint-Jean Cathedral, along with many hidden alleyways and gardens unknown to tourists.
Let's start with the Vieux Lyon district. Since the 19th century, the incredible Fourvière Basilica has kept watch over the city, dominating its skyline and offering a breathtaking view of Lyon and the Alps. Not far from the Basilica sits the Roman Theater and the Lugdunum Museum, well-worth a dedicated visit. These monuments convey the sense of a past prosperous city of Lyon.
Going down towards the Saône, you'll be able to admire the majestic Saint-Jean Cathedral and venture into the famous "traboules of Old Lyon." These narrow and dark passageways pepper the city, sprawling across the buildings of the district, holding a thousand secrets.
In Croix Rousse, stop in front of the fresco of the Canuts, an impressive trompe l'oeil, or optical illusion, which stages the life of the district. A little further down, on the peninsula, the horses of the Bartholdi Fountain at the Place des Terreaux strike their pose. Once you're on the peninsula, plan a much-needed shopping session in the Carré d'Or, between Place Bellecour, Cordeliers, and Place des Jacobins. Continue to La Confluence, a modern eco-district at the meeting point of the Rhone and Saone rivers.
Finally, go up the banks of the Rhone by bike and head to Parc de la tête de d’Or and enjoy a waffle by the lake.
A powerful city since the dawn of the Roman Empire, Lyon has not ceased to have an important place in the zeitgeist, over the centuries. Its long-standing history today offers visitors an incomparable wealth of understanding and a snapshot into eras gone by. During your stay in Lyon, you'll visit many museums that pay homage to and preserve this history, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Confluence Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Miniature Cinema, the sole of its kind in Europe. The Institut Lumières will immerse you in the incredible invention of the Lumière brothers, through permanent and visiting exhibitions.
Guided tours will also allow you to discover the history of Canuts, who were Lyonnaise silk workers, marking the district of Croix-Rousse. In Lyon, art is also displayed on the walls. The famous trompe l'oeil or 3D frescoes on the walls of city tell the story of the neighborhoods and important personalities, The Fresque des Lyonnais on Rue de la Martinière is particularly stunning. As for musical overtures in the city, there are numerous concerts making up the programmes at Halle Tony Garnier and the Transbordeur. The Opéra de Lyon's programming will especially delight classical music lovers.
The art of living in the Lyonnaise cannot be defined without its gastronomy. Sit at the table of a Lyonnaise "bouchon", a traditional restaurant, and enjoy any of Lyon's unique specialties. Take a bite of the "Jésus de Lyon", a kind of Lyon sausage, quenelles, which is a light, creamed fish, traditional tripe, or Cervelle de canut, a decadent cheese spread famous in Lyon.
Among our favorite Lyonnaise bouchons, we recommend Chez Daniel & Denise on rue Tramassac in Vieux Lyon, Les Fines Gueules on rue Lainerie, or Aux Trois Cochons on rue des Marronniers, near Place Bellecour in the 2nd arrondissement. Before leaving, pop into Halles Bocuse to buy those delectable praline pies and a box of Coussins de Lyon, which are delicious little chocolate candies not to be missed.
If you come for one of the many events that enliven Lyon all year long, such as the Festival of Lights in December, the Nuits de Fourvière Music Festival in June, or the Lumière Film Festival in September, remember to book your apartment in Lyon in advance.
Lyon is also a city known as a hub for major business conferences and several major trade shows. Patrimonia, an investment conference, and the SIHRA trade fair, a hotel and restaurant trade fair, are just a few annual business opportunities. If you come to Lyon for a business trip, we offer a selection of apartments near the Lyon Convention Center or the Part Dieu Business Center. Our fully-equipped apartments are ideally located for a business trip, close to all amenities.