The area of Fourvière in Lyon overlooks the entire city below. Comprising of the stunning Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière and Theatre Gallo Romaine, this is without a doubt the star attraction in Lyon.
Getting to Fourvière on foot can be a bit of a nightmare. Unless you are an experienced rambler or mountain climber, the best way to visit the top of the hill is by the funicular. Fortunately, our base at Sans Souci was on the same metro line as Vieux Lyon – Cathédrale St Jean, the station that you need to alight at for the funicular.
The funicular is well signposted from within the station. For us, it was a simple process of getting off the train and turning a corner before going up an escalator. Regular tickets for the metro are valid on the funicular so there is no need to purchase any additional tickets.
With the weather in Lyon unusually hot for the time of year (September) the temperature inside the packed funicular carriage was rising rapidly. Mercifully, it is only a 10 minute ride up the hill to the top.
Once at the top, it isn’t hard to locate the stunning Basilica. The sheer size and stature of this stunning building can be seen from miles around. Up close, it is even more majestic. Just behind the Basilica, you can stand and admire a stunning panoramic view of Lyon from above.
A little further down the street from the Basilica is the Theatre Gallo Romaine. This ancient arena now plays host to live bands and theatrical events. Although there were no performances on during our visit, the scale and size of the arena is breathtaking. It’s almost like a mini colosseum.
The picturesque and historic area of Lyon at Fourvière was well worth the sweaty ride up the hill. Having the luxury of not having to trek all the way up the hill was a godsend in the heat. We would highly recommend both taking the funicular and experiencing the wonders that lay waiting at the top.
Nearest Metro: Vieux Lyon – Cathédrale St Jean