Lyon is a very romantic city, so finding romantic things to do is never a difficult chore. L'amore
is practically oozing from the cobbled walkways that connect the centre of the city, so taking a walk anywhere, you're likely to feel the subtle messages of romance all around you. But if you'd like something a bit more definite than subtle messages, we can recommend a number romantic things to do in Lyon that guarantee a contented sentimental heart.
Top of the list, the Traboules St-Jean
and the Traboules de la Croix-Rousse
cannot be beaten on the amorous attractions scale. The word "traboule", comes from the Latin, meaning "to pass through", which is basically the function of the Traboules
, but the passageways were designed at the height of the romantic Renaissance period, with many architectural influences coming from Italy, and in particular, Florence. As a result, the Traboules
are laden with romantic design features including Florentine galleries, intricately detailed archways, spacious courts and highly romantic spiraling staircases.
But if it takes more than architecture to arouse the romance in your heart, maybe a dose of the natural will do the trick. Lyon's Parc de la Tête d'Or
is rated as one of the most romantic parks in France, and with good reason. The park features acres of natural parkland, but it's also the landscaping design that makes the park so romantic. Designed with the inspiration of English gardens in mind, you can stroll for hours with the uncanny feeling that you are taking part in a romantic period drama! In addition, for a lesser known garden that is full of romantic inspiration, head to Jardin Rosa Mir
; a small garden and temple hidden away on the Croix-Rousse
The romance of the Renaissance 'traboules'...
9 Place Colbert
Passageways of the Croix-Rousse silk workers...
Boulevard des Belges
Place de Fourvière
83 Grande rue de la Croix Rousse
Garden with Roughly Hewn Artwork Within... read more
102 Cours Lafayette
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...