Lyon is one of those destinations that one can visit at any time of the year and regardless of the weather conditions. The city offers a good number of museums, monuments, tours and activities to suit all tastes. That is the reason why you don't have to worry if, during one of your days in the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the sun happens to not shine as strongly as you expected—even in gray days, you can enjoy this place in full colour.
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In a rainy day in Lyon, you may be tempted to stay in your hotel and not leave until it stops raining. However, you would do better opening your umbrella and knowing what to do in a rainy Lyon. Take note of all the plans!
Take shelter in a charming coffee shop
Strolling through the cloudy streets of Lyon gives it a melancholic beauty, excellent for the rainy days of autumn
There is no better way to start a rainy day than in a charming coffee shop, to warm the body with coffee with a delicious biscuit or a homemade French cake. In Lyon, the possibilities are endless but, if you can't think of any, here we give you some options: "Le Desjeuneur," "Puzzle Cafe" or "Le Rocambole" are some of them.
Visit Lyon's lesser-known museums
If the sky is dark and it seems it won't change, indoor plans are ideal. Thus, you can visit Lyon's most peculiar museums and even the lesser-known ones. In a rainy day, you can visit the interesting Lumière Museum, which takes you through the story of the famous filmmaker brothers. Another good idea is getting to known the Movies & Miniature Museum—located in the Vieux Lyon—that will transport you to a magical universe of small dimensions.
Visit the La Maison de Guignol theater
You may not know about it, but puppetry comes from Lyon. What is more: puppetry is a symbol of the city. That is the reason why attending to a show in the mythical Théâtre la Maison de Guignol becomes one of the best plans available in a rainy day.
Ride up the hill of Fourvière in a cable car
The hill of Fourvière allows you to visit its beautiful church or enjoy a wonderful view of the city
The hill of Fourvière is one of those retreats in Lyon that are not to be missed. Climbing it on foot may seem crazy on a rainy day. However, it is a good time to ride the cable car and watch the city from above, without getting soaked, and while you approach such an important part of Lyon.
Stroll through the roofed alleys of the Vieux Lyon
In the Vieux Lyon district, there are several traboules or roofed passages that connect parallel streets and lead to the insides of historical buildings. There is also a good number of them in La Croix Rousse, so discovering them could be the ideal activity for a grayish day.
Go to a spa
The capital of the Rhône department has several spas that will allow you to avoid the storm for a while. Are you looking for a place to recover energy in a warm environment? Try "Au Bout du Monde" or "Spa du Pavillion de la Rotonde."
Go through the stores in a shopping mall
On rainy days it is an excellent opportunity to walk next to the Rhône and Saône rivers
Lastly, spending the afternoon in a shopping mall can be a good plan. You can seize the moment to acquire a souvenir of your visit, drink a coffee, look at window displays, or even go to watch movies. In the La Part Dieu mall, you can do that and much more.
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