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Get to know Lyon!

Published on June 16, 2022 Updated on July 19, 2023

As the 3rd largest city in France and the capital of the region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and with a crossroads location in France and Europe, Lyon is a place to discover

“Not everyone can come from Lyon. There must be people a bit from everywhere.”
La Plaisante Sagesse Lyonnaise, 1920, Justin Godart

Lyon, City of Gastronomy

Home to world renown chefs such as Paul Bocuse & Christian Têtedoie, with more than 4,000 restaurants, 17 Michelin-starred restaurants, Lyon is more than ever the Capital of Gastronomy.
Come visit us and have a taste of our Praline Tart, Quenelles*, Bugnes*, Rosette* and Saint-Marcellin* in one of our famous “Bouchon” restaurant!

*Quenelle: dumplings flavored with fish, poultry, morels or truffles
Bugnes: thin and fried sugary batter
Rosette: pure pork cured sausage stuffed into pink casing
Saint Marcellin: small cow cheese

Lyon, City of History

Once known as Ludgunum, the Capital of the Gauls, Lyon has now more than 500 hectares of the city listed as UNESCO World Heritage.
Start with Fourvière - the hill that prays- and its Basilica, its Roman theater & Odeon, continue to the “Vieux Lyon” (old Lyon) district and its 2 churches, 1 cathedral and narrow paved streets. Walk up to the district Croix-Rousse – the hill that works – to discover the story of Lyon silk workers and finally walk through the Confluence district and stumble upon 21st century architecture.


Lyon, City of Festivals

Festival Lumière

Being the city of the Lumière Brothers, creator of the modern cinema, Lyon invites the world of cinema to celebrate its energy and past for a whole week.


Fête des Lumières

Lyon celebrates its day on December 8th and while residents light up their windows with candles, artists light up the city to create a unique spectacle.

Dance Biennale
The biggest dance festival in the world, bringing together more than 40 international companies on even-numbered years.


Lyon Street Food Festival

During 4 days, France’s biggest street food festival invites international chefs and musicians to share international cuisine and street foods.

Nuits Sonores
An urban independent electronical music festival taking place over 5 days.


Nuits de Fourvière

A varied celebration of culture (drama, music and dance), the festival has been held since 1964 in the Gallo-Roman theaters of Fourvière.


Lyon, City of study, work and life


Lyon welcomes 175,000 students each year with 12% of international students and the city does it well! It was voted 2nd best student city in France in 2022. With 3 public universities, 1 private universities and countless high education establishments, Lyon covers all educational fields.



1st French city in terms of new businesses being set up
1st leading city in: biotechnology, chemistry/environment, digital entertainment, innovative textiles, transport & mobilit

With an appealing labor market, the local authorities in the Lyon region and their partners work together with the same goal: the well-balanced development of the local area. This means sharing expertise, but it also means public and private partnerships and investment to support research and projects.


1st destination to discover World Travel Awards 2022
2nd Europe’s leading city destination 2021

Lyon offers an excellent quality of life with all the advantages of an important European metropolitan area and the charms of a French city. Its central location in Europe and the ease of access to other major cities via Lyon St-Exupéry International airport and TGV high-speed train are two key advantages.


Still hesitating? Come visit us at iaelyon and we’ll show you around!

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