The Presqu'île

The heart of Lyon beats between the Rhône and the Saône rivers, to the rhythm of the commercial streets and the main arteries dotted with luxury boutiques.

The Presqu’île has experienced several development periods, having undergone its first stage of urbanisation during the Renaissance. Take a walk down Rue Mercière in search of the traces that date back to that day and age, and enjoy the liveliness of an evening in Lyon!

Greatly transformed during the 19th century, the area stretches from Place Bellecour, which is the largest pedestrian square in Europe, to Place des Terreaux, which is bordered by the Hôtel de Ville and the Musée des Beaux-arts (Fine Arts Museum). The 19th century buildings bear witness to the opulence of the bourgeoisie in Lyon at that time and, after dark, its iconic fountains and monuments are bathed in light so you can discover Lyon illuminated in all its glory.

Theatres, cultural venues and restaurants bring the Presqu’île to life in the evening, whereas to the south of this neighbourhood, the city of the future is currently being built in the new and contemporary Confluence district …

Sites not to miss

Le Théâtre des Célestins

The theatre is a fine example of an Italian-styled theatre and offers the public a wide variety of plays, ranging from classical repertory to...

Opéra de Lyon

Topped by a majestic dome, the old theatre was restored by Jean Nouvel. He tripled the size of the building by digging out five levels beneath the...

Place Bellecour

47,520 m², 264 x 180 m square without streets or pavements and 67,128 m², 306 x 206 m with. It is the 3rd biggest square in France (after Place de la...

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