Situated in east-central France, Lyon is the country’s third largest city and the capital of the beautiful Rhone-Alpes region. Its history spans more than 2000 years; its growth shaped by the two rivers running directly through its centre, the Rhone and the Saone.
The city’s economy is based around the Feyzin oil refinery as well as numerous high-tech industries, medical research and, more recently, banking and insurance. Several major international companies have headquarters in Lyon, including Interpol, Euronews and Renault Trucks. Lyon is also famed as the birthplace of cinema and as the gastronomic capital of France, boasting more than 20 Michelin stars across the city.
Much of the city is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, which means there are plenty of historical attractions to visit. Some of these sites include two Roman amphitheatres; several churches and religious institutions, such as the Basilica of St-Martin-d’Ainay; the traboules of Croix-Rousse; and the City Hall at Place des Terreaux.
Transport options across the city are extremely efficient with the metro subway system providing access to central areas. Saint-Exupery Airport is the international airport serving Lyon and predominantly operates regional and European flights. The airport can be easily reached via the tram-train line from the city’s main train station.