Lyon, one of Europe’s great meeting points at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, is a key destination due to its architectural wealth and reputation for fine dining. The city is home to many areas of interest, including its historic centre with UNESCO World Heritage status, plus a wide variety of sites spanning 2000 years of civilisation, in stark contrast with the avant-garde features of a city undergoing far-reaching changes, as in the Confluence district, the source of much inspiration for leading figures in the world of architecture. The Musée des Confluences, the only one of its kind in Europe, combines knowledge from different branches of science in an effort to understand the history of humanity.
Elsewhere, the Institut Lumière, part of the Maison Lumière, is home to the Musée du Cinéma: a delightful visit and one that presents information of great scientific and historical note, looking back at the invention of cinematography in 1895. Located within the Cité Internationale, the Musée d’Art Contemporain is reserved for temporary exhibitions. Lastly, the Gallo-Roman museums in Lyon and Saint-Romain-en-Gal showcase the region’s Gaulish heritage: the museums, with their displays of ceramics, jewellery and statues, are integrated into archaeological sites that include thermal baths and Roman theatres.
Lyon's historic centre
which includes the “Vieux Lyon”, the Colline de Fourvière, CroixRousse and Presqu’île, was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1988. Its two rivers, two hills and four riverbanks are what define the magical historic centre of Lyon, whose remarkable urban continuity was recognised by UNESCO as an integral part of the world’s heritage. Visitors can take in 2000 years of history from the Fourvière panoramic view point.
Discovery of the Bresse
Framed by the Mâconnais and the Saône on one side, the Revermont, the first foothills of the Jura Mountains on the other, Bresse is distinguished by its countryside bocage. A softly undulating landscape alternating meadows bordered by hedges, cornfields and small open forests. La Bresse hides an abundant heritage, marked by the know-how of its willingly discreet inhabitants. Traditional farms with Saracen fireplaces, Romanesque churches, castles built of red bricks, mills. . . you have to be patient to discover all their riches.
Renowned and proud of the entire region, the emblematic Bresse poultry is unique. Not only because it is the only one in the world to have a Controlled Designation of Origin (AOC since 1957 and AOP since 1996) in the image of the greatest French wines, but also because of the know-how it embodies and the level of quality achieved in terms of excellence.
Bourg-en-Bresse, capital of Bresse and capital of the department, perfectly illustrates the art of living from a destination in the countryside. Proud of its roots but open to the future, its economic health makes it optimistic. We love this sporting and cultural village where life is good. A gastronomic stopover, its good reputation also comes from the Royal Monastery of Brou, a masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic art whose incredible story of its founder Marguerite of Austria attracts thousands of visitors every year.For more information
The Dombes and its magnificent ponds
At the gates of Lyon, the Dombes and its thousand ponds! Like a natural rampart before the city, the plateau is also an invaluable landmark for thousands of migratory birds. The fragile ecosystem, shaped by humans, is home to exceptional fauna and flora. This particular environment sets the tone for the local economy: the Dombes is the leading fish farming region in France with nearly 1000 tonnes per year.
Medieval and characterful cities such as Pérouges and Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne, abbey and sanctuary, churches and castles complete the romantic or spiritual setting in which light plays the main role.
In Villars-les-Dombes, the Bird Park attracts more than 300,000 visitors each year for a multi-coloured world tour: More than 3,000 birds and 300 species, some of which are rare in captivity, roam freely in a 35 hectare reserve. We like the atmosphere of the recreated natural environments, the spectacle of birds in flight, the Nocturnes or the Musicales. Created in 1970, the largest ornithological park in France received this year the certificate of excellence awarded by Tripadvisor with a score of 92. 6% satisfaction.
A change of scenery guaranteed!For more information