It is a powerful and majestic river that gave it its name. In the heart of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the Rhône department is home to the Monts du Lyonnais, the Monts du Beaujolais, which nevertheless peak at an altitude of over 1,000 metres, and part of the Pilat massif. As for the Lyon river plain, it is confined to the south-east of the territory. This department is flamboyant, bright, bubbling! The mountains respond to the river, a preserved nature in the second largest city in France, the vitality of its gastronomy to that of its culture. The vineyards mark the landscape and among the great wines, those from the Condrieu region to the Côte Rôtie offer exceptional wines. The Rhône invites you to make some unusual discoveries: taste a good wine in the middle of the vineyards, sleep in a convent designed by Le Corbusier, climb Mount Brouilly, attend a Guignol show in Lyon, share the daily life of a medieval knight (Salva Terra), feed the wolves and watch the birds of prey show in flight (Courzieu Park), go with your family to the great Miribel Jonage Park (water sports centre, golf, educational trails, etc.). And finally, you will have to live like a Lyonnaise: get lost in the traboules, go up to the Notre-Dame de Fourvière basilica, admire the city from above and the two rivers that cross it, then go down again to eat in all simplicity in a bouchon lyonnais in the old town. Or schedule a meal in one of the great restaurants of the gastronomic capital

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When to go to Rhône?

It is during the off-seasons that you will enjoy your stay in this department the most. Winter can be very cold and summer very hot. Lyon in summer is very touristy and queues to visit museums and dissuasive monuments. This territory combines cultural and gourmet pleasures. Major events animate it and punctuate the year. In addition to the major trade fairs and seminars in Lyon, there are also very popular events such as Les Nuits de Fourvière in June and July. Beaujolais Nouveau is celebrated in mid-November, but the highlight is the Festival of Lights in Lyon, at the beginning of December, which sees the city light up. So from one end of the Rhône to the other, all year round, 165 highlights not to be missed make this destination attractive in all seasons

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