Destination guide

Getting stuffed in France's gourmet capital

Forget Paris, if you really want to know what great food tastes like, come to Lyon. While it may be France's second city, Lyon's widely regarded as the country's gourmet capital. Millions flock to the city every year to not only feast on its culinary delights, but to wander through its narrow medieval streets, and gaze at its many magnificent cathedrals, theaters and museums. What's more, the city is just a short drive from the Beaujolais and Cotes du Rhone vineyards. With Lyon vacation rentals, you know it's not just your taste buds that will be salivating.

Things to do

If it's old and in Lyon, it's worth seeing

There's nowhere that better exemplifies Lyon's old-world charm than the charming Quartier Saint-Jean. This medieval quarter is filled with narrow cobblestone lanes and quaint little courtyards. Across the Saone river is the magnificent 19th-century Opera de Lyon. An absolute must for culture vultures, it presents a wide variety of opera productions, as well as classical music concerts. Another must-see is the Museum of Archaeology, which displays Gallo-Roman-era objects including vases, gravestones, and mosaics, plus statues, coins, and ceramics. The museum also includes a nearby archaeology site that boasts the oldest ancient ruins in France, including 2 Roman theaters.

Activities

Lyon—where getting lost is a good thing

Ever since it was founded by the Romans in 43 BCE, Lyon has been a very important city. In the Historic Site of Lyons, you'll discover narrow passageways that pass through buildings, as well as many of the city's most notable sites, including the Hotel-Dieu de Lyon, medieval Lyon Cathedral, and Place Bellecour, Europe's largest open square. In the Presqu-ile (the peninsula between the Rhone and Saone rivers), you can explore a warren of medieval streets, shop in the city's best boutiques, or try the world-famous Lyonnais cuisine in a host of delightful brasseries.

Weather

Lyon—toasty in summer, chilly in winter

If you happen to find yourself in Lyon in July, pack some sunscreen. The city's humid subtropical climate means dry, hot summers. Typically, high temperatures hover in the low 80s in July and August, and it's not uncommon to experience 90 or more. It's pretty pleasant until mid-fall, after which it starts to get considerably colder and wetter. It's quite mild in winter, and nighttime temperatures often dip below 30. While there's never a bad time to book a Lyon vacation rental, early fall does have the advantage of tolerable temperatures and little rain.

Natural features

Pilat Regional Nature Park—the wilderness on Lyon's doorstep

Just a 20-minute drive south of Lyon is the Pilat Regional Nature Park. Extending for over 160,000 acres, this mountainous area alternates between lush spruce forests, untamed meadows, and steep hillsides covered with vineyards. Its highest peak, Cret de la Perdrix, soars to an altitude of over 4,500 feet, and there are a large number of hiking and mountain bike trails, plus snowshoe and cross-country skiing trails in winter. With Lyon vacation rentals, you're never far from the this wonderful park and its diverse flora and fauna.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Lyon

Fly into Lyon (LYS-Saint-Exupery), the closest airport, located 12 mi (19.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Saint-Etienne (EBU-Saint-Etienne - Loire Intl.), which is 30.8 mi (49.5 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Lyon Saint Paul Station, Lyon Perrache Station and Lyon Part-Dieu Station are the main stations in the area. You can see more of Lyon by catching a ride on the metro at Hotel de Ville - Louis Pradel Station, Croix Paquet Station or Cordeliers Bourse Station.

Where to stay around Lyon?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 897 vacation rentals near Lyon. From 580 Condos/Apartments to 133 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lyon for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Lyon?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lyon:

  • Vieux Lyon: 234 vacation rentals
  • Lyon City Centre: 570 vacation rentals
  • La Presqu'ile: 424 vacation rentals
  • Molière - Edgard Quinet: 302 vacation rentals
  • Voltaire - Saint Amour: 201 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Lyon?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Lyon. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lyon Part-Dieu Station: 952 vacation rentals
  • City International Convention Center: 957 vacation rentals
  • Bellecour Square: 931 vacation rentals
  • Place de la Croix Rousse: 956 vacation rentals
  • Saint Martin d'Ainay Abbey: 929 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lyon listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Lyon?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 580 Condos/Apartments in Lyon. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lyon include:

  • Houses: 133 rentals available
  • Villas: 9 rentals available
  • Studios: 606 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Lyon?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 96 vacation rentals with pool available in Lyon. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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