Best places to visit in Lyon, France for a long week-end 

Wondering about making a long week-end city break in Lyon, France? Excellent idea! Let me show you the best places to visit to feel the vibe of the city. Third largest city in France is often called French kitchen mekka not without a reason. Traditional ‘bouchons’ serving the dishes eaten by silk manufacturers will not dissapoint your taste! But is Lyon only about food? Not at all!

I’ve visited Lyon, France for a 3 days long week-end and here you can find some definite must-see’s while visiting this city.

Croix Rousse – a hill that works

Lyon’s interesting history will bring you to Croix Rousse district – often called a hill that works. It was the center of Lyon’s trade in the 19th century and a district of Canuts – Lyon’s silk workers. If you’re into history, don’t miss La maison des Canuts – a museum dedicated to silk workers. Daily life in the 19th century is also shown on Lyon’s buildings as a fresque ‘Le Mur des Canuts’. While being in Croix Rousse – find a secret place called ‘Traboule’ – hidden spot used by the silk workers to transport their goods and protect them from the rain. 

Fourvière – a hill that prays and Ancient Roman Theater 

Second hill in Lyon, la Fourvière is the hill that prays. You can go there on foot or take a funicular. On the top of it you will find beautiful Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière – the symbol of Lyon. Besides, from the hill you can admire panoramic view on the city. 10 minutes walk from the Basilica, going thorugh a small park and roses garden, you can visit the Ancient Roman Theater.


Lyon is situated at the confluence of two rivers: Rhône and Saône. Presqu’île (En. ‘almost an island’) is the part of Lyon located exactly between them. These are 1st and 2nd Lyon’s districts – with plenty of beautiful squares, cafés and a lot of boutiques for shopping fans! Once you visit Presqu’île don’t miss the Terraux square, the Jacobins square, Hotel Dieu in Bellecour and Muséum of Confluence.

Vieux Lyon 

5th district of Lyon is all about old-town! The city’s oldest district it is one of Europe’s most extensive Renaissance neighborhoods. With its paved old streets and colourful façades the Vieux-Lyon was a key element in getting the city listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The historical area has remained almost intact for centuries thanks to French government policy in the 1960s. 

Parc de la Tête d’Or 

Finally, if you want to change the scenery and enjoy a greenery in a big city then you cannot miss the 6th Lyon’s district and it’s biggest park – Parc de la Tête d’Or. Don’t miss impressive ‘Porte des Enfants’ to enter to the park. It’s the largest urban park in France and contains numerous attractions for all the family including a zoo, boating lake, botanical gardens, miniature railway, pony rides for children and more.

Where to eat?

You need to definitely visit one of the bouchons famous for its traditional Lyon-kitchen. One of the most popular ones are Daniel & Denise. My own big recommendations is a traditional Brasserie Georges situated on the Presqu’île.

If you’re into visiting Italy or Spain, check out these cities: Milan – the heart of italian Lombardy, Barcelona, Spain – the heart of Catalonia or if you’re heading more into the South of France, here you go: French Riviera – Azure Coast – Nice, Monaco, Menton.

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See you next time! Monika

Milan – the heart of italian Lombardy

Milan – Italian capital of fashion – is it really worth to visit?

Milan – the heart of Italian Lombardy, city of fashion and art, situated in the north of Italy has a lot to offer. You probably won’t feel the traditional, rustic vibe of the South but it doesn’t change the fact that northern Italy is also worth to visit. 

If you hesitate to visit Milan – the heart of italian Lombardy, let me try to convince you!

Duomo di Milano and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Duomo square is a definite number one to visit while traveling to Milan. Gothic cathedral being the icon of Milan is the place you cannot skip during your trip. If you’re like me and you don’t like a lot of crowd – you can go there just before the sunrise. Not a lot of people and amazing light of the sun will make the best out of this moment. 

It’s the perfect time to see also Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II situated just next to the cathedral – to admire its amazing architecture and see the first sunlight through the huge rooftop. The best time to visit the Galleria depends strictly on your goal – if you’re there for some shopping – it’s better to come a bit later in the day, however you will always see a lot of people. 

Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

A piece of nature in Milan – Parco Sempione, Arco Della Pace, Sforza Castle, Bosco Verticale

Still in the centre of the city – but so different compared to the urban vibe of Milan – it is worth to discover some nature in the Parco Sempione. You can slow down for a while, make a picnic at the lawn, visit the Sforza Castle and take a walk up to the Arco Della Pace.

Don’t miss Bosco Verticale as well!

Lombard architecture – Basilica di Sant’ Ambrogio, Santa Maria delle Grazie

Lombard Romanesque architecture presented through one of the most important churches in the world – Basilica di Sant’ Ambriogio. St. Ambrose, bishop of the city from 374 to 397, was one of the most important personalities of the 4th century Church.

The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, situated in the heart of Milan, is an outstanding work of architecture, and an emblem within the Catholic tradition. It is famous for its connection to Leonardo Da Vinci’s fresco of “The Last Supper,” preserved inside its dining hall. Santa Maria delle Grazie became a part of UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980.

Santa Maria delle Grazie

Get lost amongst Milan’s streets – Brera district, Piazza Mercanti, Casa Campanini, Casa Berri Meregalli

Discover Milan and its architecture by walk – get comfortable shoes and explore every corner. If you get tired a bit, there are a lot of metro stations to move around the city as well.

Como, Italy

If you visit Milan and you have at least half a day free – you need to take a train to Como. 40 mins by train from Milan central station, Como beautifully situated next to the lake with the same name – Como lake is a definite must go and see. Como lake surrounded by the mountains, has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems.

Funicular Como-Brunate will allow you to admire the city and lake from above. 

Where to eat?

My personal recommendation to eat an amazing italian pizza: Cocciuto, Via Melzo 16, 20129 Milan

Aperol Spritz with a magnificent view on the Milan’s cathedral? Terrazza Aperol, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, 20121 Milan

PROTIP: Avoid the weekends / evenings if you don’t like to wait hours to get a table. On Monday lunch time I did not have to wait at all 😉

If you’re looking for some inspiration while visiting Spain or France, don’t miss these posts: Barcelona, Spain – the heart of Catalonia, French Riviera – Azure Coast – Nice, Monaco, Menton

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Barcelona, Spain – the heart of Catalonia

Best things to do in Barcelona

Best things to see and visit in Barcelona – the heart of Catalonia – where you can eat delicious spanish tapas, drink sangria, relax on the beach, admire architecture of Antoni Gaudí and enjoy night life in Gothic quarter! Here are some must-see’s and do’s while visiting Barcelona.

See the famous Sagrada Familia

Never finished beautiful basicilica in the heart of Barcelona. Being build as of 1882 it is definately worth visiting as it is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art. To avoid the crowd of tourists I recommend to go there just before the opening – in the winter it will be close to the sunrise – another advantage to take nice photos with the sunlight. There are many various tickets, with or without guide – with audioguide, for groups etc. The best what you can do is to download the Sagrada Familia Official app and purchase ticket online. 

Go for a walk in the Park Güell

By going a bit up to the hills of Barcelona you will find one of the biggest green space with more than 17 hectars of the park. Located on Carmel hill – Park Güell allows to admire the east of the city from above. As of 1984 declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage under “Works of Antoni Gaudí” – an architect who designed the park and whose style can be recognized in the whole world.

Get lost in gothic quarter and have a glass of sangria on the top of Colon hotel

Barri Gòtic – pretty empty during the day and so crowdy during the night! One of the coolest quarters filled with bars, clubs and catalan restaurants. Here you can feel the life of Barcelona. Protip: go for a sunset to the rooftop of Colon Hotel – an amazing view on the Cathedral – to make sure that you’ll have a table you need to be there at least 1h before the sunset. Totally worth it though 😉

Go to the beach 

Barcelona has its own small beach – Barceloneta. It is small and can be really crowded however still it has its charm. If you don’t like a lot of crowd, take a bus to Casteldefells – much less crowded and much bigger beach 😉

Eat tapas and drink sangria

You cannot miss spanish tapas as they are so delicious! Patatas bravas, Gambas al Ajillo, Pulpo Gallego, Mushrooms at many many others. I can truly recommend both places I visited – the food is amazing:

  1. Tapas Bona Sort
  2. Ciudad Condal

I heard a lot of good things about El Nacional – just got there a bit too late Friday evening and it was impossible to have a table.

Try something delicious in the Boqueria Market

One of the most colorful street markets I saw – you can by literally everything 😉

Have a look on Barcelona’s architecture

Take time to look around and see the beauty of the city – Arc de Triomph (main access gate to Barcelona in 1888), Palau de la Música, Sant Pau Recinto Modernista, Casa Batlò, Casa Mila, Montjuïc.

I hope you will find it useful and let me know about places you love in Barcelona!

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See you next time, Monika