Holidaymakers looking for a fantastic city break packed with historic interest and entertainment may like to try Lyon in France. It is a wonderful city with lots to do and see within the Rhone-Alps region of Eastern France. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, B&Bs, cottages, apartments and campsites.
Lyon has many terrific settings for walking and cycling with parks, gardens and riverside trails all well worth exploring. Golf fans will find several courses in the area such as the Golf Club de Lyon, Golf Club de Valence and the Golf de Grenoble Charmeil. The waterways of Lyon also present opportunities for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming and fishing. Other activities available from the city include go-karting, ballooning, mountain biking, horse riding and tennis. The nearest ski resorts are about two hours drive away but include some of the best in Europe for downhill and cross country skiing as well as snowboarding and snowshoeing. Lyon has many bars, cafes and restaurants offering traditional French fare as well as delicious international cuisine and fast food eateries. Self catering holidaymakers can purchase food and drink from the supermarkets and grocery stores around the city and its suburbs. The largest shopping mall in Europe is located here with over 260 stores and 14-screen cinema.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lyon has many interesting places to visit including museums, galleries and wonderful historic buildings. Museums here include the Fine Art Museum, Motorcar Museum and the Historical Museum of Textiles. The city has many wonderful old churches including St Just Church and St Bonaventure Church as well as Lyon Cathedral. Many Roman buildings can still be seen here such as Fourviere Roman Theaters. For a wonderful night out, visitors may also like to go to the casino, the National Opera House or perhaps Celestins, Theatre De Lyon. A nice place for the family to go is the Aquarium du Grand Lyon, which is just a few minutes from the city centre. Whilst staying in this part of France, holidaymakers may also like to take a cruise along the rivers Saone or Rhone. The city is blessed with some beautiful parks and gardens as well.
The warmest time of the year to visit this part of France is generally July and August when the average daily maximum temperature is approximately 26 degrees centigrade. January is the coldest month with average highs of 6 degrees centigrade, although the temperature can fall to zero with sleet and snow showers not uncommon during winter. The wettest month tends to be September with an average rainfall of 93mm.
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS) is 13 miles from Lyon city centre and has flights to numerous cities in France as well as international destinations such as Amsterdam (AMS), Brussels (BRU), Dublin (DUB), Frankfurt (FRA), Lisbon (LIS), London-Gatwick (LGW), Madrid (MAD), Rome-Fiumicino (FCO), Vienna (VIE) and Zurich (ZRH) amongst others. There are several car rental firms located at the airport including Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National / Citer and Sixt as well as taxis outside the terminal buildings.