Lyon | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Considered the gastronomic epicentre of France, Lyon is rich in historic and architectural heritage, and has a very vivid cultural life. †

Cosmopolitan Paris may be the capital, but Lyon is, in many ways, the most quintessentially French city in France, deeply in touch with the concept of terroir - literally, soil, but figuratively, a profound sense of place. This concept is most handily realized in Lyon’s renowned gastronomy; this is the city that, in effect, invented, and still perfects, charcuterie. Don’t miss the stunning Opera House, gorgeous Festival of Lights (early Dec) and the Musée Lumière, dedicated to cinematography, also invented here.

Map of Lyon