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Top 10 things to do for free in Lyon


Created by aga marchewka the 09/08/2015
I am sure you have heard about Lyon - the 3rd biggest city in France, the 1st My Beloved French City indeed. Lyon is the charming place which will give you the best of France, its rich history, its authentic feel, its French real atmosphere, its best French food and its best French people…yes French people are nice and welcoming and Lyonnais will prove this for you…So really you can experience the real France here in Lyon, not in Paris, not in Nice, not in Cannes…but in Lyon! And what is more important, you can do it for FREE! Well almost for free, when you exclude the transport, accommodation and food costs, I am giving you the ready to use List Of My Top 10 Things To Do In Lyon For Free. I hope you can find it useful. Here you are:

1.Spend time in the Parc de la Tete d'Or - so called ‘green lungs’ of Lyon, the impressive & huge park beloved by everyone! It will surprise you with few things which you would never though you can do for FREE. So you will have an opportunity to access and admire the impressive collection of flowers in the Botanic Garden of the park for FREE. There are indoors and outdoors areas to explore. And there is a FREE Zoo to visit! And I mean its not a small Zoo but proper one with all the animals like lions, giraffes, monkeys, crocodiles, pelicans, flamingos and deers, emus just to name the main ones. It’s pretty big.
2.Explore the Fourvière Hill for its stunning view and impressive Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. If you strong enough I would recommend climbing, if you don’t mind paying metro ticket fare you might want to use the very famous Funicular and have a ride up! For a proper experience, visit it on Sunday when there is a mess you can attend for free. Don’t miss the Esplanade de Fourvière, on the left side of the Basilique and a small garden which surrounds the place.
3.Get to know the history of the silk production by visiting the Vieux Lyon district. Follow the ‘traboules’ (covered passageways that function as public hallways through the quarters of private houses which were used by silk workers to transport their fabrics), visit the boutiques displayed the silk textiles and listen to the salesman who will tell you more about the silk production process
4.Continue your FREE tour of the silk history of Lyon visiting more traboules located in the Croix Rousse. Colline de la Croix-Rousse was an important centre of weaving in the early 19th-century. Use the Special Route with the arrows to follow which will guide you to discover all yourself. Its good fun to wander around to explore the architectural curiosities of those hidden streets.
5.Don’t miss the modern part of Lyon. Visit the Confluence district located in between the Saône and Rhône. So you can get to know a bit different Lyon for Free – the modern, developed, with its latest big investments. It has impressive new buildings to admire and great view of the city, there is an impressive modern bridge, Confluence Museum and the point where the 2 Lyonnais rivers merge, there are riversides and garden areas to rest.
6.Save on your lunch! Prepare your packed sandwiches or visit the local Boulangerie for a very fresh baguette, the cheaper additions such as ham & cheese you can get from the local Casino shop and I will promise you, you will find the FREE picnic spots very easily. There are so many places where you can really enjoy the lunch and I would highly recommend. Choose from the Parc de la Tete d'Or, lovely riversides of Saône and Rhône; the Fourvier Hill and the impressive Gallo-Roman amphitheatre which you can access for free. You can also enjoy your lunch in the newly opened park of the Confluence Museum, in the Croix Rousse parks & in the benches at the main Lyonnais squares…feel the Lyonnais atmosphere!
7.Visit the Gallo-Roman Museum for FREE to learn about the history of Lyon. There is one day a week – Thursday when the museum gives the visitors the FREE access. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
8.Pay the tributes to the Lyon being the capital of trompe-l’oeils (painted walls). There are many mural paintings in Lyon which you can discover & admire for FREE. I don’t think you manage to see all but find and discover the most famous Lyonnais fresques such as the Mural of Famous People from Lyon at the Quai Saint Vincent. This is a 800-square-meter mural features 31 famous people from Lyon, with 25 historical figures and six contemporary figures. Don’t miss another famous one - Le Mur Des Canuts in the Croix Rousse. Continue in the the Etats-Unis district to explore more! There are over 25 unique murals celebrating the works of this Lyon architect Tony Garnier Urban. Discover the Lyonnais Street Art for FREE!
9.Find FREE events in Lyon. Use those useful websites: Lyon Crunch City and MonWeekend a Lyon which has a lot of ideas on what is happening and what is for FREE.
10. Another place to be in Lyon is the Marche de Creation which is like an outdoor ‘Art Gallery’ It is very popular and it represents the Lyonnais artists. So you can explore this for FREE, you just need to remember that this is only on Sunday mornings by the Saone River, next to the Vieux Lyon. You should not miss this out if you want to get to know the authentic Lyonnais artistic spirit.
And the Bonus Tip!
Don’t pay for toilets in Lyon! Find places where you can use them for FREE. This is a useful website and know for sure you can find the Free WC in Bellecour and Vieux Lyon by ONLYLYON! This is kind of useful to know, isn’t it?

So what do you think? How do you like Lyon for Free? Does it look interesting? Well, I hope so. If you like it and if you want to find out more tips on how to explore Lyon on the budget and what is happening in Lyon, keep an eye on my JadoreLyon by www.shopaholicfromhome.com blog and FB page.
Lyon will let you experience the best of France and you don’t need to spend loads to benefit from it! So don’t wait long, have a look at good travelling offers, book the train or flight; check cheaper hotels options and the night swapping accommodation offers and come over. Free Lyon is waiting for you!




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