Wandering through the districts of Lyon is a walk through history. Lyon is the main city in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and dates back to antiquity. The former capital of the Gauls has preserved its Roman amphitheatres near the hillside of Fourvière opposite Croix-Rousse hill.
Continue on to the 19th century through Vieux-Lyon’s covered passageways, known as traboules, which were once used by Canuts, or silk workers, to get from one street to another and protect their precious cargo of silk from the vagaries of the weather. Then head north towards the Parc de la Tête d’Or where Interpol has had its headquarters since 1923.
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Lyon’s Presqu’île quarter, the city centre, is located at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône and is home to many of the city’s major historical buildings, including the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts, the Opera and Bellecour, the largest pedestrian square in Europe, dominated by its equestrian statue of Louis XIV.
The Stadium: STADE DES LUMIÈRES
13 June 21:00
Belgium vs Italy – Group E
16 June 18:00
Ukraine vs Northern Ireland – Group C
19 June 21:00
Romania vs Albania – Group A
22 June 21:00
Hungary vs Portugal – Group F
26 June 15:00
Round of 16 – WA vs 3C/D/E
6 July 21:00
Semi Final – W45 vs W46
Inaugurated in January 2016, the brand new Parc Olympique Lyonnais, (also known as the Grand Stade de Lyon and Stade des Lumières, or Stadium of Light) is proud to be a Euro 2016 host.
The plan for the stadium project was launched in 2007 by Jean-Michel Aulas, OL’s president.
It replaces the Stade de Gerland as Lyon’s home and, with its 59,000 capacity, Park Olympique Lyonnais will also be eligible as a potential Champions League final venue.
- City Population: 500,715
- Region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
- Stadium: Parc Olympique Lyonnais
- Local Team: Olympique Lyonnais
- Capacity: 59,000
- First Match: 13 June 21:00
- Fanzone: Place Bellecour (32,000 capacity)
Where to go when you’re not watching a game
BIZ Too FLY
In need of a drink and some quality music after a busy day? Then head for Biz too Fly with its zany staff and great atmosphere. The square-shaped bar makes chance meetings a regular occurrence. Expect fun and dancing, especially on Friday nights, when two DJs take turns on the decks on the mezzanine. It might be small and not much to look at, but you’ll leave in high spirits.
A small corner of paradise located near the Terreaux. Get comfortable on one of the red steel chairs so typical of Broc’Bar and soak up the sunshine on the terrace. This is a place to sit and relax, for old friends to meet and linger over a drink. Sip an iced tea, followed by a cool beer – or two – in this calm oasis oblivious to the time. What, nine o’clock already? Where does the time go?
“Relax” is the order of the day in this Lyon night spot with its warm orange and chocolate brown décor. Détends-toi is the perfect place to meet for a drink, and every week a DJ livens up the evening with a selection of the latest music.
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LA MAISON MERE
Try La Maison Mère for a drink with your mates and then to party the night away, win or lose.
You’ll find surf boards everywhere at Big White and the large selection of beers from around the world will help you calm your nerves during the big game.
A barge bar with terrace that hosts eclectic live music
Festive brasserie serving tapas with a shady terrace under the trees. Match screenings and club nights with DJ sets.
Good food and friendly atmosphere come together in Café Leone located in a pedestrian area close to rue Mercière. The music is from Andalusia and the welcome is warm until late – Spanish style.
LES POUPÉES RUSSES
Original, festive and fun. Make the most of the outside terrace and enjoy the latest music as you choose from the wide selection of shooters, vodkas and cocktails. Open afternoons and evenings.
Lots to do for lovers of …
… architecture and urbanism
Walk, jog, cycle or roller skate on the new riverfront area along the banks of the Rhône with its spaces and facilities for everything from football, to pétanque (a type of lawn bowling).
Wander as far as the charming medieval village of Pérouges.
… and good music
Lyon holds a jazz festival every year in its ancient Théâtre Antique.