Leisure in Lyon


Have you just moved to Lyon? Find, in this article, an overview of leisure activities available in this famous French city.

Whether you have moved to Lyon alone or with your family, you will be able to enjoy various leisure activities for all ages on week-ends and during your holidays. Indeed, there is so much to do in this famous French city thanks to its magnificent architecture, as well as its historical, natural and cultural heritage. You should also take the time to discover the unparalleled Lyonnaise fine cuisine and lifestyle.


If you request a local to guide you through the city, he will probably start by inviting you grab a bite and have a drink in Vieux Lyon. Despite having centuries old history, Lyon is a really dynamic and lively city where you will learn to stroll around and enjoy the present day.

Located in the South of Lyon, the Confluence is another very popular place of interest. Former industrial neighborhood, Confluence is now a modern urban area with lush nature. You may also want to visit the nautical plaza and the Saône river banks.

Lyon also hosts many interesting neighborhoods, namely:

  • Gratte-Ciels
  • Part-Dieu
  • Perrache
  • Presqu’ile
  • Croix-rousse
  • La Cité internationale
  • la Cité des Étoiles
  • Vieux Lyon.


Despite being a modern city, Lyon has managed to preserve, and even create many green spaces where you can relax and take a deep breath of fresh air. You are likely to find parks, gardens, river banks, domains and castles all around the city. The Tête d'Or, les Hauteurs, Gerland and La Cerisaie are the most popular ones.

History and culture

As a 2,000 years old city, Lyon definitely has much to share about its history. What's interesting to know about Lyon is that its historical heritage does not limit itself to its museums. In fact, it is demonstrated in the streets, on facades and everywhere. You just have to follow the indications and your instinct to lead you to great cultural treasures.

You can start by visiting the Maison de la Danse, the Opéra de Lyon, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Institut Lumière which is dedicated to cinema, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Sucrière, the Théâtre des Célestins and the Contemporary Art Museum. Among the yearly events, you have:

  • La Fête des Lumières in December
  • La Biennale d’Art Contemporain from September to January
  • La Biennale de la Danse in September
  • Les Nuits Sonores (which is an electronic music festival) in May
  • Le Festival Lumière (dedicated to cinema) in October
  • Le Festival des Nuits de Fourvière from June to July
  • Le Festival Jazz in Vienna in July.


You will also enjoy tasting the rich and delicious Lyon cuisine through the rosette, the Lyon salad with poached egg, dumplings, the Saint-Marcellin, the Beaujolais, etc. You should definitely not miss the opportunity to discover the city's numerous fine restaurants.


If you wish to keep fit, you will have no trouble in finding ice rinks, swimming pools and other sports infrastructure. Children, for their part, can enjoy various holiday programs. Find more information in the “Useful links” below.

 Useful links: – Leisure in Lyon Forum 
Only Lyon
Lyon Official Portal

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