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On the crossroads of Europe

The convenient geography of the Rhone department means that not only is it a scenic destination but that it's also ideally placed economically on a crossroads of trade. The Rhone links the Mediterranean with the Rhineland and the Atlantic with the rest of Europe. Over the years it has emerged as an area of immense cultural and industrial importance.

Capital of the South

Rhone's capital, Lyon, is the second largest city in France and contains a wealth of fascinating museums, fine restaurants and alluring shops. On top of this you'll find a lively cultural scene and a longstanding tradition of quality education. In the 16th Century, silk was the main industry in the city and it remained so for many years after.

Culinary delights

Lyon is widely seen as the gastronomic capital of France, with food to suit a wide variety of tastes and budgets. In the 19th Century, silk workers in the town used to eat alongside their employers, reflective of the town's belief that good food should be available to all. To be a top chef here is to achieve celebrity status.

The hill of prayer

Nearby the Romans built the settlement of Lugdunum on the slopes of Fourviere, also known as Lyon's 'hill of prayer'. On top you will find a basilica and a TV transmitter with an uncanny resemblance to the Eiffel Tower. A walk to the top will reveal breathtaking views over Lyon and its two rivers.

Bohemian spirit

Another hillside community worth seeking out is Croix Rousse, noted for its friendly atmosphere and bohemian attitudes. It has a bustling outdoor market where locals gather to sell and buy produce while catching up with their neighbours. The town played a crucial role during the modernisation of the silk industry. It was home to the first machines used to replace humans. As a result Croix Rousse saw a number of riots by disillusioned workers. You can learn more at the Maison des Canuts.

Enter the Beaujolais

The Beaujolais is situated in the east of the department and is an area of wild countryside, picturesque villages and acres of vineyards. Villefranche-sur-Saone has become the main hub of activity for the area.

Getting there by air

Lyon airport is currently served by British Airways, Air France, easyJet and BMI. Should you prefer alternative options, Geneva airport, just over the Swiss border is feasible, as are the airports of Chambery and Grenoble.

...and by train

If taking to the skies is not for you then there is an easy alternative. The TGV service will take you all the way to Lyon from the Channel Tunnel (changing at Paris) in comfort and speed.

Rhone property prices

Tourism and a foreign buyers market are not very evident in Lyon. A fully furnished Art Deco apartment near the Parc de la Tete d'Or starts at around €450,000. The Beaujolais area is another expensive area due to its ideal setting and positioning between Macon and Lyon. A less expensive alternative is to find a property between La Clayette and Tarare, another wine producing area with high mountains.

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Rhone is located in the north west of the Rhone-Alpes region. It is just north of Lyon.

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