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France’s ‘best-kept’ secret?

Located on the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers, Lyon’s main attraction is its location in France – close enough to the Alps and the Mediterranean coast.

Ask most people if they know anything about Lyon and they will probably give you a blank stare and mumble something about “plenty of wine and cheese” and move on quickly to the next subject. With a population of around two million, Lyon is the third largest city in France and often considered one of its most important, and wealthiest, economic centres.

Yet, it is very much overshadowed internationally by its better known big brothers – Paris which, as the capital, lures tourists by the millions each year, and Marseilles, which is the starting place for many visitors headed to the Mediterranean coast.

So what does Lyon have to offer visitors? Well, if it’s French culture you are after, this is probably as authentic as it gets. International tourists – bar a handful of golden oldies who disembark from the Rhône river cruise boats, food afficionados who are in the know about the city’s rich culinary heritage and some Asians who pass through on a group tour – are few and far between.

Click here to read the full article published in The Sunday Times of Malta.

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