What to do in Lyon during the summer?

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After your French classes, experience the French way of living and Lyon’s best kept-secrets! Do you plan to take a course in summer ?  Check out our all inclusive package with courses + host family + cultural visits.

Find your favorite activities among our summer suggestions and don’t forget to watch a movie in an open-air cinema in the neighborhood where the Lumière brothers invented cinematography, go to a concert in an old Roman theatre,  discover unique rose species at Tête d’Or park and take a look at Lyon’s famous painted murals & traboules ! 


Art and culture

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Le monde en tête, a temporary exhibition at the Musée des Confluences !

The Musée des Confluences takes you on a trip around the world thanks to a temporary exhibition around headdresses. Take the opportunity to discover its contemporary architecture and its spectacular collections!

At the end of your visit, you can even go to the end of the peninsula and take a photo with the famous ONLY LYON sign! A good afternoon in perspective.

until March 15

Entrance is free for students under 26. Access: Musée des Confluences, 86 quai Perrache 69002, open from 11 a.m. (10 a.m. on weekends) to 7 p.m. every day except Mondays. Nocturnal on Thursday until 10 p.m.

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The booksellers market on the banks of the Saône

On Sunday morning, go to the Quai de la Pêcherie, on the banks of the Saône to stroll and leaf through the old books and comics sold by about twenty second-hand booksellers. You will find books of all kinds and all levels there. What could be better than taking a walk by the water and reading an old book?

Vous pourrez toujours terminer votre balade dominicale par une glace chez Terre Adélice (cf. gastronomy)!

Food and drinks

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Walks and excursions

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An unusual getaway around Lyon

La Demeure du Chaos (the Abode of Chaos) is a contemporary art museum blending steel artworks , giant skulls, street art, inspiring quotes… As this site is located in the small village of Saint-Romain-au-Mont-d’Or (10 km north of Lyon), you will also enjoy a stroll in this beautiful village made of soft golden stones.

The museum is open on week-ends from 2.30pm to 6.30pm (from April to September) and the entrance is free. To get there, take the bus #43 from Gare de Vaise (subway D) and get off at “Saint Romain”.

Check out France’s 2nd flea market

If you are a fan of retro or vintage objects, you will love this huge open-air flea market that brings together a melting pot of styles and genres! After having toured the market, you can even eat in the brasserie des Puces or at the organic market! Located in Villeurbanne, the Puces du Canal are open on Thursday (7 am – 1 pm), Saturday (9 am – 1 pm) and Sunday (7 am – 3 pm). To get there on Thursday and Saturday, you can take bus 7 (from L. Bonnevay – metro A) and get off at “Le Roulet”.

address: 5 rue Eugène Pottier 69100 Villeurbanne