The beautiful city of Lyon is located in the east central part of France. It is famous for producing and weaving silk as well as being the birthplace of cinema. Legend says that the Virgin Mary preserved the town from the Bubonic Plague.
The interesting, and somewhat mysterious city has a lot to offer its curious visitors and you can be sure to find a lot of things to do in Lyon to fit all kind of interests and all kind of budgets.
Football enthusiasts should come see the local professional team, the Olympique Lyonnais, OL, which has helped Lyon gain international attention in football championships in Europe.
If you love nightlife, there is plenty to do such as local bars and pubs such as Café du Soleil, Le Moana, New Albion L’Alibi and New Hollywood to name a few.
In Lyon you’ll find the National Opera, which has both classic and new shows and cultural events.
Children will love the puppet shows at the Théatre La Maison de Guignol and will like the Lyon Zoo. The zoo has many different birds and animals and houses a botanical garden. It is in the Parc de la Tete d’Or, a magnificent park, which you can get to by a tram from the train station.
If you like shopping, don’t miss the boutiques on the Rue du President Herriot, or the Bernachon chocolate factory. On Sundays go to the flea market on the Les Puces du Canal or for bigger stores, go to the Part Dieu Shopping Center with more than 230 stores.
Lyon is known as the gastronomical capital of the world. Don’t miss the food and wines like Beaujolais red wine, and local dishes like Rosette lyonnaise (sausage dish), andouillette (tripe dish); and salade lyonnaise (lettuce, bacon, poached egg and croutons).
Lyon has a humid, subtropical climate. This means mild, cold winters and warm summers with temperatures averaging 3.2 °C (38.8 °F) in January and 25 °C (76.6 °F) in July.
Holiday goers who plan their vacation so that they can take part of the Festival of Lights will be amply impressed with the famous festival.
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