Top Attractions in Lyon, France’s Capital of Gastronomy

Lyon in the Rhône-Alpes region is the third largest city in France and is situated between Marseille and Paris. Known as the gastronomical capital of France, Lyon also boasts stunning architecture, a rich history and plenty of cultural delights. If you are thinking of taking a trip to this picturesque French city you are in for a real treat. Let’s take a closer look at some of the top attractions of Lyon.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
Built between 1872 and 1884the Basilica is one of Lyons most iconic buildings. This stunning church features Romanesque and Byzantine architectural influences and its striking size and beauty is mesmerising. With 2 churches, 4 main towers and a bell tower topped with a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary, fine mosaics, superb stained glass and the crypt of St Joseph, the Basilica cannot be missed.

Passage Thiaffait
Another beautiful site in Lyon are traboules or covered passageways. Unique to Vieux Lyon and the Croix-Rousse, the Thiaffait Passage was a secret route originally used by Lyonnaisse silk weavers to move goods from workshops to merchants. Passage Thiaffait’s vaulted ceiling and stone walls have been restored to their former glory and are now home to a hub of fashion, design and jewellery specialists.

Michelin starred fare
No trip to Lyon is complete without eating at one of the 13 Michelin starred restaurants.  Eating out in Lyon is comparative to hitting the jackpot at  and it has been said there is no such thing as a bad meal in the French gastronomic capital. Numerous bistros line the streets and the traditional bouchons offer typical renaissance fare. Wine in Lyon is also a major attraction, with nearby Beaujolais producing incredible light and fruity wines perfect as an accompaniment to any meal.

Vieux Lyon
A visit to this district is a must as it is one of Europe’s most extensive Renaissance neighbourhoods that feature incredible views, striking architecture and beautiful cathedrals. Located at the foot of the Fourvière hill it is the perfect place to wander and absorb the ancient culture of this stunning French city. You will also find a Gallo-Roman theatre in Fourvière that was once the centre of Roman culture and now a popular tourist attraction. Take your camera wherever you go in Lyon as the scenery offers plenty of opportunity to take lots of snaps!

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