Diane Geddie, City Breaks Specialist

"Lyon is a fantastic city for all lovers of food, I always make sure I take a trip to a traditional bouchon for Lyonnais cuisine and I recommend you try the quenelles, which is a dish of creamed fish. I also recommend foodies to visit the famous Les Halles de Lyon, the indoor market selling the best quality products from the region, although expensive, this is where you can find the best of the best in terms of produce and wine. Not only a city for foodies, but the place to be for pleasure seekers, Lyon is home to museums, bustling drinking scenes and great shopping!"

Celebrated as the gastronomic capital of the world, Lyon also vaunts diverse buildings, pretty cobbled streets and sparkling rivers.

From its ancient beginnings as the Roman capital of Gaul, through Italian-inspired Renaissance times to today’s modern skyscrapers, Lyon has much to offer any architecture buff. Explore the traboules (corridors) and courtyards of the UNESCO-recognised Old Town by foot and indulge in the ‘bouchons’ (old-fashioned bistros) on Presqu’ile peninsula, nestled between the Rhone and Saone rivers.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Beautiful architecture
  • Café culture
  • Culinary arts

Osprey Holidays top tips

For four days around Dec 8th each year, the ‘festival des lumières’ transforms the city into a wonderland of lights. Book early!

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Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice 
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of  hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 484,344
Languages French
Currency Euro
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Distance from airports
Lyon Airport 28km
Railway stations
Gare de Lyon-Perrache