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Lyon the third largest city in France and the capital city of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. It is situated on hilly site at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers. The city was founded in 43 BCE as a Roman colony and it was named Lugdunum. Due to its location the city soon became communications hub. Lyon flourished in the Renaissance era and made it economic centre of France and hub of intellectual activity. Today, Lyon is the leading city in banking, chemistry, pharmacy and biotech industries and education. Furthermore, the city hosts several major international events such as Grand Lyon Film Festival, Biennial Modern Art Festival and Festival of Lights.
Lyon, due to it’s long history contains numerous historical and architectural landmarks which are internationally renowned. In addition, part of the city is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Some of famous landmarks are La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Place Bellecour, Parc de la Tête d’Or, Fourvière, Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and many more. Besides beautiful sites the city has a long culinary arts tradition and is referred to be as the gastronomic capital of the world. It’s rustic cuisine with rich French food and a variety of unique dishes makes it perfect destination for gastronomy trips. In addition, Lyon is located near two best known wine-growing regions in France, so you will also find wonderful wines here.
Best time to visit
Weather in Lyon is influenced by the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, therefore summers are warm and winters are mild. Average temperature vary from 0° C in winter up to 27° C in summer. The best time to visit Lyon is from May to October.
When choosing travel dates to visit Lyon you should take into account tourist peak season which is between June and August, therefore, you could save money and avoid crowds in the shoulder months of April to May or September to October.
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