Located in east-central France, Lyon is the capital of the Rhone department in the Rhone-Alpes region. Boasting a long history, Lyon today is the third largest city in France, known for its historic architecture, gastronomy and vibrant cultural scene.
Lyon is comprised of nine arrondissements and various neighborhoods. Each district offers its own share of interesting treasures. For example, Presqu’île is the heart of the city with its shopping centers, restaurants, bars and clubs while Croix-Rousse is known for its hundreds of hidden passageways known as traboules. Fourvière boasts Roman ruins and Gothic churches, and Brotteaux is the wealthy district containing the beautiful Tete d’Or park.
Vieux Lyon is the historic center featuring narrow, cobblestone streets, Renaissance architecture and landmarks like St. Jean Cathedral with its astronomical clock. Many souvenir shops and restaurants are found within this area.
While Lyon frequently illuminates its major monuments year-round, the Festival of Lights is an important annual event, attracting more than 4 million people to the various celebrations of candle lightings and professional sound-and-light shows.
Lyon offers an excellent public transportation network that includes bus, tram and metro lines in addition to a bicycle sharing system known as Vélo’v.