Lyon – the gastronomic capital of France – is also the birthplace of cinema and the silk capital of the world; the perfect destination for those who enjoy the finer things in life. With a history dating back to the Romans in the 1st Century B.C, part of the city is now classified as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Buses leave regularly for Lyon and the other main towns and cities in the Rhône-Alpes area. Taxis are available outside Terminal 1 Arrivals. There is a TGV train station within walking distance of the airport with regular services to France's main cities, details on the airport website.
The silk route now runs through the Sofitel Lyon Bellecour, which is in the heart of Lyon and offers panoramic views over the city and the Rhône. Rooms are comfortable and elegant. www.sofitel.com
The central Hotel des Artistes offers costeffective accommodation in the middle of Lyon near the old town, Fourviere and Saint-Pierre Museum www.artists-hotel.com
Au 14 Fevrier offers an interesting fusion of French cuisine with the Japanese knowledge of chef Tsuyoshi Arai to create food that has proved interesting, tasty and popular. www.au14fevrier.com
Expensive, but worth splashing out for is L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges – the restaurant of renowned chef Paul Bocuse. Best value is offered by the classic menu. www.bocuse.fr
La Fontaine Bartholdi – a historical fountain completed in 1888 – depicts France and the four rivers (Marianne and the horses). It weighs 360 tonnes, uses 21 tonnes of lead and is 4.85m high with a diameter of 15m.
Discover the homeland of the Syrah andViognier grapes at the Northern Rhône valley vineyards and enjoy a spectacular view of the 2,000-year-old roman theatre and the stunning panorama on the Rhone Valley. www.kanpai-tourisme.com