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Top Five Things To Do In Lyon France

If you are traveling to Lyon, France, here are five must do things when you arrive. Once you have marked these five things off your list, get lost in the city by exploring the streets! Find your way to a bouchons for an amazing meal, or enjoy an apero along the river. There's so much magic to be found in Lyon, France!

1

Place Bellecour

Place Bellecour

Start your weekend in Lyon in Place Bellecour. It's the hard largest pedestrian square in France. It's arguably the center of Lyon and the hub for all your weekend explorations. For fashion lovers, there's plenty of high-end shops. For history buffs, this area is full of history as well.

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Amphitheatre Gallo-Romain

Amphitheatre Gallo-Romain

Lyon, France is the gastronomy capital of the country, but there's more than just food in this beautiful city. Visit Roman ruins high on a hill and be rewarded with great views of the city. The amphitheater was built in 19AD and was used for entertainment and events. The original amphitheater could only hold 1800 people, but renovations 200 years later expanded the seating area to 20,000!

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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Visit the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the most recognizable church in Lyon. This church sits high on a hill and is visible from the majority of the city. This church is near the Roman ruins and you can walk there after visiting the ruins.

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Visit Vieux Lyon

Visit Vieux Lyon

Vieux Lyon is one of the oldest areas of Lyon. Known for its silk production, you can go on tours to see how it's made today. Spend time walking through the narrow streets, and look for passageways to explore. Vieux Lyon is full of traboules, or passageways that go from one street to another. This is how silk artisans transported their silk. Wander through the many shops and relax at a restaurant to really appreciate the area.

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Walk Along the Quais

Walk Along the Quais

If you do one thing in Lyon, it would be to walk along the rivers flowing through the city. Lyon has two rivers, the Rhone and the Saone. The Rhone river is full of boats that serve drinks and food. There are many pedestrian bridges for you to cross from one side of the other. On a nice Summer day, you may see boats, wakeboarders, and kayakers enjoying the river. Fall in love with Lyon with its unique art and colorful buildings along the river.