THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon
From 05/21 to 05/27
Surface: Clay outdoor
Prize money: $ 540,310
Tournament location: Parc de la Tête d’Or – Vélodrome Georges Préveral 69006 Lyon, France
How to get: The Intl Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is far about 26.5km and 30 minutes driving from parc de la Tête d’Or. The old town is very close just 4.5 km and 20 minutes driving.
Entry list: Milos Raonic (Can) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – Juan Martin del Potro (arg) – Benoit Paire (Fra) – Donald Young (Usa) – Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Nicolas Mahut (Fra) – Steve Darcis (Bel) – Karen Khachanov (Rus)
THE TOWN: Lyon with a population of 506,615 in 2014 is France’s third-largest city after Paris and Marseille. Lyon is the capital of the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. The city is known for its cuisine and gastronomy and historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon was historically an important area for the production and weaving of silk. It played a significant role in the history of cinema: Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinematographe in Lyon. The city is also known for its famous light festival, Fête des Lumières, which occurs every 8 December and lasts for four days, earning Lyon the title of Capital of Lights.
Lonely Planet writes about this town: “Commanding a strategic spot at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône Rivers, Lyon has been luring people ever since the Romans named it Lugdunum in 43 BC. Commercial, industrial and banking powerhouse for the past 500 years, Lyon is France’s third largest city, and offers today’s urban explorers a wealth of enticing experiences. Outstanding museums, a dynamic cultural life, busy clubbing and drinking scenes, a thriving university and fantastic shopping lend the city a distinctly sophisticated air, while adventurous gourmets can indulge in their wildest gastronomic fantasies. Don’t leave the city without sampling some Lyonnais specialities in a bouchon – the quintessential Lyon experience.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
- Parc de la Tête d’Or
- Old town
- Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Ibis Lyon Centre Perrache. Very good 3 stars hotel, rated 8,5 on Booking and located 5 minute walk from Place Bellecour, it is set in an art-deco style building and offers a bar and a snack bar. The rooms at ibis Lyon Centre Perrache are air-conditioned and include an LCD TV with satellite channels. Free Wi-Fi access is provided. Prices start from 99€ per night for a standard double room.
- Hotel Carlton Lyon – MGallery by Sofitel. Wonderful **** hotel rated 9,2 on Booking and set in a building dating from 1894, just a 7-minute walk from Bellecour Metro Station. It features a spa with hammam, (with massages available upon request) and the free WiFi offered throughout the property. All guestrooms at the property are soundproofed and have air conditioning. A standard twin room costs 195€ per night.
- Villa Florentine. This excellent ***** hotel is rated 8.9 on Booking and it is located in the heart of Old Lyon with panoramic views of the city. This former convent offers a one-Michelin-star restaurant, elegant guest rooms, a 24-hour reception and free WiFi throughout. The daily rate for a magnificent classic double room of 25 mq2 is 250€.
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