Flights to Lyon (LYS)

Flights to Lyon take you to one of France’s finest destinations. You’ll experience remarkable food, a gorgeous climate and fascinating history.

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Flights to Lyon

There was a time when flights to Lyon were only taken by those in the know; this was very much one of France’s best-kept secrets – overlooked by the masses for Paris, the south of France or the Alps. Turns out the Lyonnais were keeping the city – with its amazing food, fantastic culture, beautiful climate and exceptional history – all to themselves. One short stroll around the Unesco World Heritage Site that is the Old Town confirms why: it’s picturesque, vibrant and fascinating without being overly touristy. Lyon is a city to live in, as well as visit.

One of the biggest draws of this beautiful French city is its dining scene, which some will argue is the best in France – and that’s saying something. Celebrity chefs and Michelin-starred restaurants seem to be around every corner in Lyon, and you could easily spend most of your holiday budget just on dining out. However, for those who want somewhere more modest but equally pleasing to eat, the city has scores of bouchons (taverns) that, nightly, host locals who are not averse to chipping in with the cooking and general service.

When you’re not enjoying Lyon’s restaurants, cafes or lounges, there’s a lot of sightseeing to be done. The city’s museums and festivals reflect its status as a place of genuine culture and innovation – this, after all, is where cinema was born (and the Musée Lumière is a must-see attraction for all moviegoers). Lyon is also where you’ll find the largest collection of Impressionist art outside Paris, at Musée des Beaux Arts.

Even its football team, Olympique Lyonnais, moved to a spectacular new stadium after winning its only first league title in 2002. Once it’s on the up, there’s no stopping this place.

Climb Fourvière Hill

This hill overlooking Lyon has some of the most magnificent urban panoramas in France. Take the funicular up to the basilica, then stroll down to the Old Town. The area comes alive during the Fête des Lumières in December, and the Nuits Des Fourvière in summer, which features live music in the Roman outdoor theatre.

La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière
8 Place de Fourvière
69005
+33 4 78 25 13 01
fourviere.org/en

Cycle around Lyon’s squares

East of the Saône, Lyon’s narrow streets give way to grand metropolitan squares. Bellecour has fine statues, high-end shopping streets and art galleries, Les Célestins has a famous theatre, and Des Terreaux has the City Hall and the Musée Des Beaux Arts. There’s also Place des Jacobins, so hire a bicycle – try Vélo’v – to take them all in.

Vélo’v
34 Rue Billon
69100
Villeurbanne
+33 800 08 35 68
velov.grandlyon.com

Restaurant le Gourmet de Sèze (French)

Le Café des Fédérations (French)

Dining out in Lyon is as much about the city's rustic bouchons (taverns), which offer warm welcome and hearty food, as it is about the Michelin-starred restaurants. Of all the bouchons, Le Café des Fédérations is among the best, serving up local specialties such as quenelle – a mixture of creamed fish, chicken or meat.

8-9-10 Rue Major Martin
69001
+33 4 7828 2600
lesfedeslyon.com (French language website)

Cour Des Loges

The award-winning five-star Cour Des Loges is a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Lyon’s Old Town. Its 60 rooms and suites are set around a Renaissance-era courtyard and hanging gardens. With a spa and the Michelin-starred Loges restaurant on site, it’s the perfect base for a break in Lyon.

2-8, Rue du Boeuf
69005
+33 4 7277 4444

Sofitel Lyon Bellecour

The Sofitel is just a short walk from Place Bellecour, a large square in the centre of Lyon. This five-star hotel caters for all tastes, with a choice of contemporary or traditional French rooms. Topped off by Michelin-starred restaurant Les Trois Dômes, this is true luxury in the heart of the city.

20 Quai Gailleton
69002
+33 4 7241 2020
sofitel.com/sofitel-lyon-bellecour

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