Lyon’s storied past is fascinating. Once an epicentre of silk weaving, it is now known as a major gastronomy capital of France - and even the world. Close to many landmarks, Citadines Part-Dieu Lyon sits on an architectural, cultural, culinary and industrial heritage.
Your first stop should be Vieux Lyon, or Old Lyon, which has all the trappings of Renaissance romance. A World Heritage Site, the district boasts the three sections of Saint-Paul, Saint-Jean and Saint-Georges, and promises a slew of cathedrals, museums, restaurants and cafés.
Visit in summer and get to stroll along the beautiful lake of Parc de la Tête d'Or on boat. The 117-hectare park has vast grassy expanses, rose gardens, botanical gardens and even an African plain that protects 130 different animals, some considered very rare.
Your inner urbanite will thank you after heading to the La Place Bellecour. A multitude of designer brands can be found here, so shop to your heart’s content. Friday night is rollerblade ride night, so bring your wheels out for a spin.
While in Lyon, beeline for a bouchon. Much less formal than fine dining restaurants, kick back and relax with traditional Lyonnaise cuisines which include sausages, duck pâté and roast pork.
For cultural sightseeing, visit the majestic Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière or schedule a stopover at Théâtre des Célestins for a classical performance. The Maison des Canuts invites you to explore five centuries of Lyon’s silk industry. After a long day, return to Citadines Part-Dieu Lyon and have a great night’s rest.