Lyon, an ideal quality of life
Classed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1998, the former capital of Gaul, Lyon, boasts over 2,000 years of history. Its exceptional heritage is enriched by the signature works of contemporary architects: Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, Santiago Calatrava, Coop Himmelb(l)au.
Lyon Métropole has a striking, dynamic and culturally rich offer: museums, festivals, shopping, theatre, opera, monuments, cinemas, parks… and over 21,000 cultural and artistic events take place throughout the year, including the Festival of Lights, Biennial Dance Festival, Nuits Sonores (Electronic Music Festival), Biennial Contemporary Art Festival, Nuits de Fourvière Festival and more.
The city is also renowned for its gastronomy, in large part thanks to Paul Bocuse, who will soon celebrate his 50th anniversary as a 3-star chef! With 15 Michelin-star restaurants, the future Cité de la Gastronomie and 4,000 eateries to its name, Lyon doesn’t need to prove that it is World’s Capital of Gastronomy.
With the promenades and leisure facilities along the banks of the Rhône and Saône, the success of the Vélo’V city bike system and its automobile equivalent, as well as the Tête d’Or Park – a veritable green lung in the heart of the city-, and the complete renovation of the Confluence District, Lyon offers an ideal quality of life prized by many executives who voted Lyon the most attractive city in which to live and work. (APEC study 2014).
Ideally located in the south-east of France, Lyon, capital of the Rhône Alpes region is just two hours by TGV (high-speed train) from Paris and a mere 90 minutes from the Mediterranean coast and major Alpine ski resorts. You can fly to 115 destinations from Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport, which receives 8,5 million passengers each year.
Aarlenne, Toronto (Canada) – researcher in Lyon (France)
"I was born in Kenya and I grew up in Canada. I have been coming to Lyon every year for the past ten years for my research in neurology. I like the blend of modernism in the Confluence district and ancient history in the Roman theatre. Every district has a unique personality to be discovered.
I am amazed by the all the changes in Lyon, with the cycle lanes, exhibitions, festivals, Velo’v city bikes and the quays that make Lyon a marvellous city to visit and live in… Not to mention the local cuisine and wine. I am truly in love with Lyon! Lyon has become my city!”