The charm of walking

Would you like to discover the Lyon metropolitan area on foot? With a wide range of guided tours, magnificent parks, walking trails and organised hikes to choose from, the local area is a dream come true for ramblers, hikers and Sunday strollers. Read our tips to enjoy the most beautiful spots the metropolitan area has to offer.

Last updated date : 14/06/2022
Visite dans une cour du Vieux-Lyon © LV / ONLYLYON Tourisme et Congrès

Discovery walks in Lyon

To understand Lyon’s history, admire the city’s iconic monuments and visit tucked-away treasures, there are many guided tours available for both visitors and residents of Greater Lyon.

Guided tours provided by the Tourist Office and its partners:

The Tourist Office's Tour Guides Bureau has a varied offering:

  • Classic tours of districts and monuments, such as Vieux-Lyon (Old Lyon) and Croix-Rousse
  • Gastronomy tours
  • Self-guided tours with the app

To find out more, head to the 'Visiter Lyon' website'

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Urban walks with various themes

Other providers have developed themed tours:

Enjoy the metropolitan area’s most beautiful green spaces

When the sun is out, the many parks in the metropolitan area are perfect places for a stroll, offering stunning views of Lyon, where you can unplug in wide open, green spaces and connect with amazing little spots of nature.

Parks with a view

Grande serre du Jardin Botanique du Parc de la Tête d'Or

Large parks  

Unusual green spaces and gardens

Find out more about Lyon's parks, gardens and places for a stroll

Explore the metropolitan area’s walking paths

The metropolitan area is criss-crossed with walking paths that are suitable for all levels and reveal a rich variety of landscapes. These paths are listed by FFRandonnée (French Hiking Federation) and the Greater Lyon website.

Aqueduc du Gier © OT Vallee du Garon C. Cordat

The walking path guide published by Greater Lyon 

Greater Lyon’s website can be used to find paths using three handy filters: location, length and difficulty level (in French):

Join an organised hike in the metropolitan area

Lastly, if you would like to share an experience with other walkers, you can take part in one of the hikes organised in the metropolitan area. FFRandonnée Rhône and Greater Lyon have published a calendar of hikes in the Lyon metropolitan area and the department of the Rhône. 
There are no less than 150 countryside walks to be discovered in the Rhône, for regular or occasional walkers (in French).

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