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Hire a camper in Lyon
Do you want to head out on a road trip from Lyon and are looking for a campervan? Then roadsurfer is the right place for you! Do you long to explore the historic region of Rhône-Alpes, make a detour from there to Italian Switzerland or enjoy an active holiday up in the mountains? Then Lyon is the ideal starting point for an unforgettable road trip with a camper! Hire a camper in Lyon and discover this splendid city and region!
Lyon – the ideal starting point for a trip with the camper
Do you want to hire a camper and take the opportunity to discover Lyon? No problem – you can see plenty here! We’ve picked out lots of top tips for campers. You’ll find our recommendations in the “Tips for Lyon” section. Here is a list with key points for your Lyon visit:
The old town: Le Vieux-Lyon
Fourvière hill with the Basilica of Notre-Dame
The Traboules, Lyon’s secret passageways
Croix Rousse and its market
The Confluence district
Park Tête d’Or
The Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
“Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse” indoor food market
The Part-Dieu quarter
Rives de Saône
The Roman ruins
… a little bit of culture: Lyon, the city of lights
Lyon is France’s second largest city. A city with an extraordinarily rich cultural heritage, which stems back to the Art Nouveau period. You’ll find the Confluence district on the peninsula of the confluence of the Saône and Rhône, which is striking with its Art Nouveau buildings. On the opposite bank of the river, you will also succumb to the charms of the Lyon’s historic old town. Here, it is worth paying a visit to the Trois Gaules Roman amphitheatre. The metropolis on the rivers Saône and Rhône is the ideal starting point for plenty of exciting trips. You’ll have no chance of getting bored here! This is why Lyon is the ideal starting point for a road trip with the camper.
Hire a camper in Lyon: Practical information
Would you like to spend a few days discovering Lyon following your trip with the camper? We recommend picking one of the campsites in Lyon on the edge of the city. The campsites are in quiet spots surrounded by the countryside. Which means you can well and truly relax here after wandering through the city. What’s more, the campsites have good public transport links. Of course, you can visit Lyon directly in your motorhome: As our campervans are very compact, they are ideally suited to city traffic and parking:
Camping de Lyon, Porte de Lyon, 69570 Dardilly, France Telephone: +33 4 78 35 64 55
Camping des Barolles, 88 Avenue Maréchal Foch, 69230 Saint Genis Laval, France Telephone: +33 4 82 29 21 85
Five sights not to be missed in Lyon!
Have you got some time to spare in Lyon before or after your road trip with your camper? Would you like to visit Lyon? There is plenty to discover in Lyon – for everyone! We have picked out five sights in Lyon for you to visit before or after your trip of the surrounding area.
La Colline de Fourvière
Due to its history, the hill is also known as the “praying hill” or “Colline qui prie”. Here, you can admire an unparalleled view of Lyon. The perfect location to gain a panoramic view of the city. On this hill, you can visit the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, which forms part of the UNESCO cultural heritage and is a real iconic landmark of Lyon. But you’ll have to undertake a small climb do get there – either up challenging steps or through the surrounding, fairly steep streets. For the less agile among us, you can reach the Basilica from the old town via a small funicular railway.
The old town: Le Vieux Lyon
Le Vieux Lyon is one of the most popular districts with visitors. Is it due to its unique charm? You too will succumb to the city’s charm as you stroll through the narrow streets with the colourful facades of medieval buildings. A detour to Rue Saint-Jean is most definitely worthwhile, and you should absolutely take a wander through the surrounding little streets. Don’t miss the various art galleries and the famous Traboules – the secret passageways which allow pedestrians to pass from one street to the other under cover.
The market at Plateau de la Croix Rousse
The geographical location of Lyon adds somewhat to the attraction of the city. Lyon is surrounded by fertile agricultural regions, which are characterised by their great culinary diversity, including Bourgogne, La Bresse and the Drôme department. Visiting one of the markets is quite simply the thing to do in Lyon, so you can get your hands on some high-quality regional produce to sample during your trip with the motorhome. In particular, we recommend taking a wander around the market in the Plateau du Croix Rousse district. The market covers several kilometres and here you’ll be able to sample a broad range of regional or even organic products and produce. And on top of that, you can take advantage of the local atmosphere, as this is where you’ll experience this charming working-class district of Lyon from its authentic side. Stroll through the streets on the slopes of the Croix Rousse district. Only those who managed to climb the Grande-Côte get to know Croix-Rousse’s true colours!
The zoo in Park Tête d’Or
Once you’ve visited the sights of the city, explore Lyon Zoo in Parc de la Tête d’Or. Entry is free. So you can take a breather while the kids gaze at the more than 400 animals kept here, including giraffes, zebras, panthers, crocodiles and lions.
Gastronomy: Bouchons Lyonnais
So you don’t know what the bouchons of Lyon are yet? Well, they’ll put a smile on your face! These are traditional restaurants where you can enjoy local Lyon cuisine. Such as the famous Lyon sausage or quenelles de brochet. The dishes essentially consist of regional produce and are simple, hearty and reasonably priced. Make sure with order a pot Lyonnais with your meal: This typical Lyonnais wine bottle with the distinctive thick glass bottom holds exactly 46 centilitres. A meal in a Lyon bouchon is an essential part of your visit to the city. Here are some top places for dining in a bouchon Lyonnais:
Les Fines Gueules, 16 Rue Lainerie, 69005 Lyon
Le Café du Peintre, 50 Boulevard des Brotteaux, 69006 Lyon
Le Café du Jura, 25 Rue Tupin, 69002 Lyon
L’Acteur, 5 Rue Charles Dullin, 69002 Lyon
Hire a camper in Lyon and discover the Rhône-Alpes region
Following a visit to Lyon, you can start your road trip with a detour to the Rhône-Alpes region. A campervan is the ideal choice here, whether that’s for a weekend or a few more days. Not far from Lyon you will find wonderful spots in the midst of beautiful countryside. Indeed, the Rhône-Alpes region offers many opportunities to enjoy pleasant little adventures with your camper. We have picked out four ideas for you to make your camper tour in the region rather interesting. So hit the road, enjoy the van life with roadsurfer – hire a camper in Lyon and get going!
Off to the lakes near Lyon
Hire a camper in Lyon and discover the beautiful lakes in the vicinity of this French city. On the banks of these lakes you’ll find the perfect spots for relaxing for a few hours with your camper. One of the most famous lakes is the Lac de Nantua dans l’Ain in Haut-Bugey. One of our tips is the Lac de Monteynard in the Isère – simply because of the wonderful colours all around – you won’t be able to hold back your astonishment, we promise. And then for real adventurers, there’s Lacs Robert: Here at an altitude of 2,000 metres, you can really enjoy your stop with the campervan at these splendid lakes. Then there’s also Lac Crozet – one of the first natural panoramic swimming pools!
Just do it: The Alps are waiting for your visit with a campervan – enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. Among the most famous sights are the Eseillon Fortress in Savoy, the Cirque du Fer à Cheval waterfalls (about thirty waterfalls rise from the walls) or the national parks of La Vanoise and Les Écrins.
Renting a camper and starting from Lyon: If you want to visit Lyon, explore the Rhône-Alpes region as close to nature as possible. With your campervan you can make your dreams of travelling in a van come true. Let’s go!
Campervan hire in Lyon!
Renting a camper and starting from Lyon is a good idea. Visit the city of Lyon, explore the Rhône-Alpes region as close to nature as possible or even take a road trip in Europe for several weeks, with your campervan you can make your dreams of travelling in a van come true. Let’s go!