Lyon, France

The third largest city in France and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lyon is situated between Paris and the Mediterranean. Stay with Inspirato in this city celebrated for its history and exceptional gastronomy at Vila Maia, an intimate hotel nestled atop the hill of Fourvière offering incredible dining, including a Michelin-starred restaurant.

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The Gastronomy Capital of France

The third-largest city in France, Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a constantly blooming reputation as France’s capital of gastronomy. Comparable to Paris in culture with a less-touristy feel, Lyon is the perfect break from crowded city life yet still abundant with gourmet restaurants, ancient ruins, breathtaking Renaissance houses, and medieval neighborhoods. Explore must-see attractions including one of France’s largest fine arts museums, Musée des Beaux-Arts, and the magnificent Old World neighborhood, Quartier Saint-Jean. Top off a day of tasting gourmet food with Les Éclaireurs Pâtissiers for specialty homemade eclairs.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested airport
    Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS)
  • Currency
    The Euro
  • Official Language
  • Time Zone
    6 hours ahead of NYC
  • Average temperature
    79°F in summer; 44°F in winter

Destination Highlights

  • Musée des Beaux-Arts

    Explore one of the best fine art collections in France, browsing the work of famous artists like Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso. In the summertime, dine al fresco on the terrace surrounded by gardens.

  • Quartier Saint-Jean

    Discover a portion of Vieux Lyon, or Old Lyon, as you browse restaurants and cafes, gaze at 16th-century mansions, and enjoy a quirky experience at the Musée des Arts de La Marionnette (puppet museum).

  • Food Tours

    Get a taste of Lyon’s gastronomy on a guided walking or bus tour through the city’s best eateries. With your own local guide, you’re sure to get an authentic overview of Lyon’s food scene while taking in the city’s culture.



  • Forecasting your Lyon Vacation

    Summer in Lyon is warm, with average peak temperatures around 80°F. The winters are on the colder side, with the average high at 44°F, but rarely dipping below 24°F. It is partly cloudy throughout the year. Visitors often come June through late September for warmer-weather activities.


Map of Lyon

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