You don't have to go outside of the city to find outdoor activities in Lyon, being a city that manages its urban and natural balance well, visitors can find an abundance of outdoor things to do right in the centre of town. Top of the list, Lyon's Parc de la Tête d'Or
provides plenty of amusement for even the most active of outdoor explorer. The park is huge (105 hectares huge), comprising a zoo, an amusement area, a deer park, botanical gardens and a tropical greenhouse, although you will have to drag yourself inside for the tropical greenhouse.
Second on the list, Esplanade de Fourvière
is an outdoor point of interest not to be missed, as it is The
prime location for viewing the whole of Lyon from the top of Fourvière
hill. But if you prefer some "real" outdoor activities, head to Col de la Luère
for some trekking in the heart of the Lyonnaise mountains. If that sounds altogether too energetic, you could take the less strenuous option of a nice little ramble around the lovely river-locked island of L'Ile Barbe
, or a nice meander along the River Rhône
, which features 8 kilometres of pedestrianised walkway for your wandering comfort.
Staying riverside, Lyon is famous for its Marche Aux Livres
at Quai de la Pecherie
, located on the quay and along the banks of the River Saône. Quai de la Pecherie
is one of the prettiest quays in Lyon, so visiting the book market here, on a Saturday or Sunday, is an quaint outdoor activity with an added dose of intellectual ambiance, and when you've finish at the market, you can take in the fresh river air on a boat trip with Promenades Navig'inter
Boulevard des Belges
Place de Fourvière
Panoramic Views of the Croix-Rousse... read more
Monts du Lyonnais
Hiking in the Lyonnais mountains... read more
Quai Raoul Carrié
Remains of Medieval Monastery on an Island in the Saône River... read more
Quai de la Pecherie
Famous book market along Lyon's River Saône...
13 bis Quai Rimbaud
Boat trips along the Rhône and Saône rivers...
Quai Claude Bernard
Seasonal outdoor swimming pool next to the River Rhône... read more