Let Lyon Spin You Right ‘Round

Avant, avant, Lion le melhor! Translated, this franco-provencal motto from the medieval times reads “forward, forward, Lyon is the best!” Humble isn’t it? Centuries later, the motto may have changed, but the pride among the Lyonnais people remains the same… with a city like this, who could blame them? The capital of gastronomy, the birthplace […]

Avant, avant, Lion le melhor! Translated, this franco-provencal motto from the medieval times reads “forward, forward, Lyon is the best!” Humble isn’t it? Centuries later, the motto may have changed, but the pride among the Lyonnais people remains the same… with a city like this, who could blame them?

The capital of gastronomy, the birthplace of cinema, the home of a century-old silk weaving tradition. There are many reasons that Lyon could be considered ‘the best’. Most notably, its clever paradox of being old yet modern. Uniting UNESCO listed heritage sights with daring new architectural creations Lyon has managed to achieve big city convenience whilst maintaining a small town ‘human’ vibe.

Unlike other cities overpopulated with tourists, you will find that Lyon has all the attractions and charm without the price tags and crowds. With a plethora of things to see and do, you will never find yourself bored in this dynamic, international, yet quintessentially French metropolis.

DEMOGRAPHIC:
The atmosphere in Lyon is vibrant and youthful. Thanks to its world class education opportunities and increasing economic attractiveness, the city of Lyon has become one of the biggest cities in France with a population of 470, 000 in the inner city and over 1, 700, 000 in greater Lyon.

GEOGRAPHY:
Shadowed in the north by Croix-Rousse, ‘the hill that works’ and in the west by Fourviere, ‘the hill that prays’, Lyon, the former capital of Gaul, is now the capital of the Rhone-Alps region. At the bottom of Fourviere lies the heritage listed city centre of Vieux-Lyon, beyond which the rivers Rhone and Saone converge in the south to form the Presqu’ile.

ECONOMY:
Driven for centuries by the silk industry, the economy of Lyon has shifted its focus in recent times. Said to be one of the most favourable cities in the European Union for company creation and investment, Lyon is a place of innovation and wealth creation. With many multi-national companies, like Euronews and Interpol, establishing themselves in Lyon, the city is well on it’s way to becoming a top European centre for business.

Fuelled by a strong history of bio-technological research, Lyon prides itself on having the world’s best doctors and medical research facilities. For this reason pharmaceutical companies such as Pasteur and Bio Merieux have chosen Lyon as their headquarters. Interestingly, some of the world’s deadliest diseases (think Ebola, Hendra, Marburg) are housed in this city’s labs.

Tourism also plays huge role in the modern economy of Lyon with over six million tourists visiting the city each year, a statistic that is only going to grow as the city of Lyon continues to develop.

YOUR GUIDE:
Join us on a journey through the main arrondissements of Lyon. After discovering the city’s main sights and scenes, the rest of the adventure remains entirely up to you.
Bon Voyage!

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CTR Travel Writing Team Lyon 2012

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