Lyon is considered to be a city where life is great and business thrives because of the balance it has created between economic dynamism and quality of life. Ideally located between the sea and the mountains, it offers many opportunities for leisure and relaxation. It also has pleasant stretches along its two rivers (the Rhone and the Saone) and many green spaces, including the Tête d’Or park; one of the largest urban parks in France (120 ha).
Lyon has made the well-being of its inhabitants a priority and is attentive to the challenges of sustainable development. As such, Lyon encourages soft modes of transport; its city bike system, the famous ‘Velo’v’, was an instant success with residents back in 2005. Choosing Lyon means discovering a historic city that will astound you with its wealth of heritage. Named France’s #1 cultural city (after Paris) by Les Arts magazine, it is also the capital of gastronomy.
A city of culture and creativity
Lyon’s cultural life is characterised above all by the perfect balance between its cultural institutions of excellence offering quality programming, its large-scale festivals, and cultural venues that are open to everyone. That is why Lyon has been named France’s number 1 city for culture (outside of Paris) and indeed the city’s culture is one of its main tourist attractions.
Among Lyon’s excellent institutions are the Maison de la Danse, the Opera House, the National Orchestra of Lyon, the Institut Lumière devoted to cinema, the Fine Arts Museum, the Célestins Theatre, the Contemporary Art Museum and more.
Internationally-renowned cultural events
- Fête des Lumières (December)
- Bienniale of Contemporary Art (September to January)
- Biennale of Dance (September)
- Nuits Sonores Music Festival (May)
- Festival Lumière (cinéma – october)
- Nuits de Fourvière Music Festival (June-July)
- #1 French city to visit in 2019 according to the New York Times
SOURCE : NY TIMES, 52 PLACES TO GO IN 2019
- European sustainable tourism capital in 2019
SOURCE : EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF SMART TOURISM, 2019
- One of the Top 10 unmissable european destinations in 2019
SOURCE : LONELY PLANET, MAI 2019
- 2nd favourite French city for international tourists
SOURCE : TRAINLINE, AOÛT 2018
- Destination to visit in 2020
SOURCE : NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, THE COOL LIST
Each year, several million tourists come to discover and enjoy Lyon. Thanks to the strong growth of Saint Exupéry Airport, Lyon has become a destination for “city-breakers” keen to discover the charm of one of Europe’s cities over the course of a long weekend.
What could be nicer than living in a place that each year invites 6.5 million tourists on a journey of discovery? Travellers come from much further afield to make the most of its historic treasures, its reputation for gourmet cuisine and its 18,000 hotel rooms.
- 5 million overnight stays in 2019
- Foreign customers: 52%
- Top 5 nationalities welcomed at the Lyon Tourist Office:
- Spain (14 %)
- USA (13 %)
- Germany (10 %)
- United Kingdom (8 %)
- Italy (8 %)
As the capital of French gastronomy, Lyon offers a choice between the gourmet charms of its traditional “bouchons” (small, family-run restaurants), the refined atmosphere of its great Michelin-starred restaurants, or its bustling markets.
- 18 Michelin-starred restaurants
- 5,097 restaurants
- 4th European city with the most Michelin stars
- Best vegetarian restaurant in the world
- One of the National Geographic’s 17 places to visit in 2019
SOURCE : NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WORLD’S BEST FOOD DESTINATIONS, 2019
A city of nature
- The Rhône and Saône pedestrian riverbanks, renovated to feature many different activities
- 300 gardens, parks and green spaces including the Parc de la Tête d’Or, Gerland…
- 1 800 hectares of greenery, which represents 40 % of the city
- Highest level of the « Villes et Villages Fleuris » label *
Between the sea and the mountains
- Less than 1 hour from the Alps
- A 3 hour drive from the Mediterranean
- Less than 30 minutes from the Beaujolais vineyards and the Rhône valley
- The Dombes: close to 1 000 ponds, the Parc des Oiseaux (bird park)
Cost of living : Big city, moderate prices
Lyon boasts high-quality housing, transport, and restaurants. Prices are moderate compared to the main European cities. Fact: living in Paris is, on average, 26% more expensive!