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Lyon Holidays Overview
Lyon metropolitan area lies in the natural plain of the Rhone Valley towards the South East of France. Part of Lyon is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and within that area the entire architectural history of Lyon can be seen, from its Roman foundations to the present day. UNESCO recognised the significance of Lyon due to its “continuity of urban development”, and as an “outstanding illustration of city planning over the centuries”.
There are many ways to view Lyon’s many attractions, and guided tours, weekend passes, and the Lyon City Card are all available. The people of Lyon take their food very seriously, and local traditional dishes are served in most of Lyon’s many restaurants. Expect to eat varied pork products, dumplings, fish, wild game, fried hashed potatoes and soft cheeses, all washed down with a bottle of Beaujolais or Côtes du Rhône wine.
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The Nuits de Fourviere Festival
This two month festival takes place in June and July and includes a variety of disciplines including theatre, dance, music and cinema. The setting of the festival is exceptional, with concerts and performances taking place in the Roman Theatre which holds around four thousand people, or the Odeon which holds one thousand people. The closing show of the festival is the most dramatic spectacle.
Tout l'Monde Dehors!
This festival is literally translated as ‘Everybody Outside!’ and combines three months of music, comedy, films, and fetes. All the events are free and are performed outside in the squares and streets of the city. There are around two hundred events making up the festival, and these run from June to September.
World Pastry Cup
Established in the late 1980s, the World Pastry Cup is held in Lyon in January and aims to inspire young pastry chefs across the globe. There are competitions in various categories including country specific desserts, chocolate desserts, and frozen fruit desserts.
holidays - How to Get There
Flights between Australia and Lyon take around twenty four to twenty seven hours. Air France operates a route with stopovers in Singapore and Paris, British Airways and Qantas provide an alternative with changes in Singapore and London.