What can you do in between matches?

Take advantage of your free time between matches to explore Lyon and enjoy the various festivities and entertainment laid on throughout the summer.

 Archives | Last updated date : 02/07/2019
Place de la Basoche © LV

Make the most of your presence in Lyon to visit the city!

First of all, get yourself a Lyon City Card: it gives you free access to museums and exhibitions in Lyon, public transport, one guided tour, 1 cruise, and numerous other services or discounts on shows and tourist attractions. 

Further information on the Lyon City Card

Not to be missed: 

The tours

Go on a guided tour of Lyon: visits to explore the Lyon’s Old City and its Presqu’île are scheduled every day. You need to register if you want to take part!

Other ways to visit the city also exist: by bus, Cyclotour, segway or other unusual vehicles, or with your audioguide.

Note: tours are also available in English.

Further information on www.visiterlyon.com

The exhibitions

> The French Football Federation's exhibition on women's football in the Atrium of Lyon's Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) will display objects, souvenirs and documents showing the sport's development.

> Au cœur du football féminin : avec OL Ang’elles et France Ang’elles (At the heart of women's football: with OL Ang’elles and France Ang’elles), from the 15th of May to the 6th of July 2019 – this photography exhibition by Dominique Mallen reflects the passion of two supporters' clubs with exemplary values: respect, friendliness, and a desire to meet and discover (which others would do well to adopt!) – At the library in Lyon's 1st district, 7 rue Saint-Polycarpe.

> Exhibition "Ludique, Jouer dans l’Antiquité" (Recreation – Playing in Antiquity), at Lugdunum Musée, from 20th June to the 1st December 2019. (free entry with the Lyon City Card)

Not to forget the other exhibitions being held in Lyon this summer.

The events

Le Footoir Public : don't miss this “musical recreation-match”, on the 2nd, 3rd and 7th of July 2019 at the Périscope. An event that mingles triumphant karaoke, an improvised penalty shoot-out and a musical warm-up: perfect to bring together football fans and haters! Free and very amusing!

During your stay in Lyon, make the most of Tout l’Monde Dehors ! a great summer festival that boasts 300 free open-air events, from the 21st June to the end of August 2019: concerts, shows, games, dancing lessons, open-air cinema, sports and more throughout the city. 

Book the shows you want to attend during the "Nuits de Fourvière" event, a great pluridisciplinary festival held outdoors under the star-spangled sky, in the magical atmosphere of the ancient theatres of Fourvière. 
From the 1st June to the 30th July 2019.

L'ambiance des Nuits de Fourvière © Loll Willems

To see all events taking place in Lyon over this period, go to 'What's on'.

Enjoy the terraces and shops, stroll along the wharfs and embankments and around the markets and parks… And of course, treat yourself to the various restaurants and bouchons of Lyon.
Some shops will be exceptionally open on Sunday, June 30 and Sunday, July 7). Find the list of shops in the Presqu'île open here.

Meet a Lyonnais: The greeters 

If you would like to make the most of your stay in Lyon to discover a local resident’s favourite addresses and recommendations, why not visit the city with a greeter? This local volunteer will show you the city in his or her own particular way, sharing common interests, and, if you are from overseas, may even speak your language!
To request a tour with a greeter, simply sign up here. (Subject to the availability of a greeter on the chosen day).


We're sure you're going to love living in Lyon for a few days this summer.


Isabelle, our editor born and bred in Lyon! She was born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon in fact, studied in Lyon and now lives here. Territorial? Absolutely not! She loves travelling, widening her horizons, meeting new people and enjoys a change of scenery (without snow, if possible). Isabelle is curious and a people person, two attributes that often go hand in hand! Her favourite colour is green and her motto "a day without laughter is a day wasted!" 

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