Things To Do in Lyon: Visit Parc de la Tete d’Or

Parc de la Tete d'Or

Parc de la Tete d'Or

The weather was fantastic when I visited Parc de la Tete d’Or. Unlike the very cold Paris where I came from before I went to Lyon, it was relatively hotter in this part of France in April. I had to buy normal shoes as I only brought one pair of boots with me for this trip, the light packer that I am.

Parc de la Tete d'Or

Parc de la Tete d'Or

I love parks in Europe. I’ve been to quite a few but Parc de la Tete d’Or is probably the best among all of those I’ve visited. Generally, the parks in Europe are free for the public but very well-maintained. We never had such places in the Philippines, or maybe I wasn’t just exploring my own country very well. Shame on me.

Parc de la Tete d'OrParc de la Tete d'Or

I arrived at Parc de la Tete d’Or around midday, I took the metro and the bus which was actually quite easy to manage. Lyon is a huge city but public transport is abundant, they’ve got the whole city covered. The park was packed when I arrived and it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with it the moment I set foot in it. It’s probably the biggest park I’ve ever visited in Europe.

Parc de la Tete d'Or

It houses a botanical garden and a zoo! I think the zoo sets Parc de la Tete d’Or different among all the other parks in Europe. Where else can you find a park within the city which has a huge collection of animals for their free for public zoo?

Parc de la Tete d'Or

Parc de la Tete d'Or

I spent almost half a day in here. I was basically just walking around, taking photos, watching people, reading my book and I had my lunch from one of the foodstalls in the area. It was a very relaxing day for me, I actually needed that as this whole trip is already draining me. Lyon is my last stop and as they say – save the best for last.

Parc de la Tete d'Or

Parc de la Tete d'Or

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Parc de la Tete d'Or, Lyon, France

Lou Messugo


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  • Phoebe @ Lou Messugo March 2, 2016 at 00:31

    I’ve just got to spend more time in Lyon, there are so many places I haven’t been and this park certainly looks lovely. Having a free zoo is unusual and the only other place I’ve come across it is in Montpellier. Thanks for linking this peaceful post to #AllAboutFrance, hope to see you again in a couple of days for the next one (yes, I’m rather behind with my commenting!!!)
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    • Pinay Flying High March 4, 2016 at 10:21

      That is wayyyyy behind. LOL. Thank you though. πŸ™‚

  • Christy Swagerty (whatupswags) February 4, 2016 at 22:20

    Your descriptions of this park at first reminded me of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, what with the zoo and all. But if this zoo is free, then it’s nothing like the Jardin des Plantes! πŸ™‚ Beautiful pictures, and isn’t it so amazing that all the Parisians don’t just up and move to Lyon?! Can’t wait to check out this park whenever I get the chance to return.
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    • Pinay Flying High February 9, 2016 at 07:05

      Hahaha! Lyon is a surprise for me, it’s such a beautiful city but doesn’t get the hype that it deserves. I think? I always recommend a visit there whenever I hear someone going to France. πŸ™‚

  • Liene February 4, 2016 at 17:19

    Living in Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon was possibly the closest of the large cities in France. Parc de la Tete d’Or was heaven for the kids, and we could have spent days exploring; isn’t that always the case, you run out of time because there is just so much to see and do! Thanks for the memories, visiting from #AllAboutFrance

    • Pinay Flying High February 9, 2016 at 07:06

      Ohhhhh so lucky for you to be so near Lyon! I’ve stayed there for 5 days and it was absolutely not enough as I can easily spend one whole day (or maybe two) in this park alone. πŸ™‚

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