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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French Riviera – Azure Coast – Nice, Monaco, Menton

8 things you shouldn’t miss while exploring French Riviera

French Riviera (Azure Coast) – known for its blue waters of Mediterranean sea and amazing French kitchen is a perfect choice to make a city break during a week-end but also to enjoy your longer holidays.

Here are the 8 things that you shouldn’t miss while exploring French Riviera

Get lost in Nice Old Town

Starting your journey from Massena Square you can take a tour around the Old Town of Nice. You will love its colours and atmosphere. Take any street and enjoy this labirynth of colours, art and amazing food.

Take a walk through Promenade des Anglais 

Enjoy the waves of Mediterranean see watching landing airplanes at the same time – Promenade des Anglais is the place you cannot miss. Relax on one of the public beaches or grab a drink in one of the bars with a sea view.

Go to Nice Flower Market

Colourful flower market where you can buy literally everything. Characteristic striped tents and plenty of places to eat and drink. A definate must-walk in Nice.

Take part in the Nice yearly winter carnival

Once a year in February – Nice is turning into heart of one of the world’s major carnival events. Each year, a special theme is chosen – in 2022 it was ‘The King of the Animals’.

Try amazing French kitchen

Recommendations coming from the bottom of my heart:

La Femme de Boulanger – 3 Rue du Commandant Raffalli, 06000 Nice, France

Chez Moi – 2 Rue Paganini, 06000 Nice, France

Climb a bit to Castle Hill and have a look on the port

The Castle of Nice was a military citadel and nowadays it is a park – the most famous public garden in Nice. Offers amazing panoramas and is being called ‘the cradle of the sun’. You can go there by foot or take a lift.

Visit Monaco

Only 30 mins by train from Nice – you can go to Monaco, one of the densest countries in the world where thousands of millionaires live in less than one square mile. Take a look on the Monte Carlo Casino, take a walk in the port, explore the country as you prefer 😉

See the Lemon festival in Menton

Once a year in Menton – charming city just next to the Italian border is organizing Lemon festival – you can admire big colourful constructions made from real lemons and oranges, buy a lot of local products made from their fruits and enjoy the special lemon menus in almost all restaurants. 

Even without a festival Menton is a definite must see – if you like Italian influence in architecture you will find this small city stunning!

If you have seen yet what to do in Barcelona, here some tips: Barcelona, Spain – the heart of Catalonia

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