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Green parks, riverside paths and a historical old town sufficiently precious to be protected on Unesco’s World Heritage list ensure a bounty of discoveries – on foot or bicycle for the first-time visitor, while adventurous gourmets can indulge their wildest gastronomic fantasies in a dining scene that is chic, sharp and savvy.

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Lyon, traditionally spelt Lyons in English, is a city in east-central France in the Rhône-Alpes region, situated between Paris and Marseille. Etymologically it relates to the Celtic God Lugoves, Lugh as does Laon and Leiden. Lyon is located approximately 470 km from Paris, 320 km from Marseille, 420 km from Strasbourg, 160 km from Geneva, 280 km from Turin. The residents of the city are called Lyonnais.


The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon was historically known as an important area for the production and weaving of silk and in modern times has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France. It has a significant role in the history of cinema due to Auguste and Louis Lumière, who invented the cinematographe in Lyon. The city is also known for its famous light festival 'Fête des Lumières' which occurs every 8 December and lasts for four days, earning Lyon the title of Capital of Lights. Legend says that the Virgin Mary saved the city from the plague and, to thank her, a statue was built. On the day it was erected, the whole city was lit by candles that its citizens had put at their windows. The local professional football team, Olympique Lyonnais, has increased Lyon's profile internationally through participation in European football championships.


If you are the one that has the drive to visit more places in France then i truly recommend Paris. Of course you heard a lot of Paris and you probably have seen many pics of the Eiffel Tower but you should see it for yourself, then you would understand the beauty of it. if you are not convinced then just go for the Paris ladies.




The Rhône and Saône rivers converge to the south of the historic city centre forming a peninsula or "Presqu'île". There are two large hills, one to the west and one to the north of the city centre, as well as a large plain which sprawls eastward. West of the Presqu'île, the original medieval city (Vieux Lyon) was built on the west bank of the Saône river at the foot of the Fourvière hill. This area, along with portions of the Presqu'île and much of the Croix-Rousse is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


To the west is Fourvière, known as "the hill that prays". This is the location for the highly decorated basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, several convents, the palace of the Archbishop, the Tour métallique (a highly visible TV tower, replicating the last stage of the Eiffel Tower) and a funicular (a railway on a steep hill). To the north is the Croix-Rousse, known as "the hill that works". This area is traditionally home to many small silk workshops, an industry for which the city was once renowned.




Lyon is classed as Humid Subtropical. Winters are colder than much of the south of France due to its more inland position, averaging 3.2 °C in January. Summers are very warm, averaging just above 22 °C  in July. Precipitation is adequate year-round, at an average of 830 millimetres, but the winter months are the driest.



Nightlife Lyon

The best way to see the city's architectural heritage is by night, when over 100 sites are illuminated. Old Lyon, the banks of the Saône, the Presqu'île and Croix Rousse are the liveliest districts at night. There is a wide variety of bars and pubs scattered all over the city and it is not always easy to choose between Irish, English, Latino, Cuban and the exotic among the range of watering holes available. There are also traditional Lyonnais bars.


The presence in Lyon of prestigious cultural institutions, such as the National Opera, the Célestins Theatre and the Lumière Institute, contribute to the city's international reputation and strong cultural influence. Cultural events and institutions benefit from one of the largest chunks of Lyon's budget and it shows.


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Bars and clubs in Lyon

1. Harmonie Des Vins: The name says it all. This is one for wine buffs. Lyon is surrounded on all sides by some of the best wine producing areas in the world.


2. Le Boudoir: Regular jazz sessions and a young, stylish crowd make Le Boudoir a music bar with a bit extra.


3. Café du Soleil, is a traditional Lyonnais café, perfect for an early-evening aperitif. Address: 2 rue Saint Georges, Tel: 04 7837 6002.


4. Le Moana, Latin-style bars, such as Le Moana in Quartier St Paul, guarantee exotic décor and fantastic cocktails. Address: 20 quai Pierre Scize, Tel: 04 7883 2959.


5. New Albion: The New Albion is a popular English-style pub with two giant screens for concerts and sporting events, a dartboard and a wide selection of draught beers. Address: 12 rue Ste-Catherine, Tel: 04 7828 3300.


6. L'Alibi: Full of laser lights and mirrors, the cool and cosy L'Alibi plies an up-for-it crowd with eclectic sounds. Address: 13 quai Romain Rolland, Tel: 04 7842 0466.


7. New Hollywood: New Hollywood has the biggest dance floor in Lyon and appeals to nostalgia fans with swing, jive and rock'n'roll. Address: 6 rue Henri Barbusse, Tel: 04 7869 4277.


8. Yes Hot Spot: Popular with a trendy crowd, chill at Yes Hot Spot, a newer venue featuring three themed rooms - Party Room, Smoking Room and Paradise Room - and an intimate ambiance. Address: 12 quai St Vincent, Tel: 06 2916 1415.


9. Le Marché Gare: Le Marché Gare, a recent addition to the scene, promotes new music from reggae to heavy metal. Address: 34 rue Casimir-Périer, Tel: 04 7240 9713.


10. Le Transbordeur: Le Transbordeur has two performance spaces; a larger one for established international acts and a smaller stage for local bands. Address: 3 boulevard Stalingrad, Tel: 04 7893 0833.


11. Ninkasi: This slick venue brews its own beer - choose from six different house beers - and has a regular programme of live bands and DJs. Address: 267 rue Marcel Mérieux, Tel: 04 7276 8900.


12. Auditorium: The Auditorium is the permanent residence of the Lyon National Orchestra. Address: 149 rue Garibaldi, Tel: 04 7895 9595.


13. National Opera: One of Lyon's most prestigious cultural venues, the National Opera houses several institutions. Address: 1 place de la Comédie, Tel: 0826 305 325.


14. Maison de la Danse: The Maison de la Danse was created in 1980. The company is completely devoted to choreography, with an emphasis on new productions. Address: 8 avenue Jean Mermoz, Tel: 04 7278 1818.


15, Célestins Theatre: From classical to contemporary, all styles are represented in Lyon. The Célestins Theatre is the oldest theatre in Lyon and has had two centuries of continuous dramatic activity. Address: 4 rue Charles Dullin, Tel: 04 7277 4000.