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Decines-Charpieu Guide

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Located in eastern France, Decines is part of the Rhone-Alps region. This town is a suburb of Lyons and serves travellers primarily as a base for exploring Lyons and the surrounding Rhone-Alps region.

This is a fairly affluent suburb, which can be seen by the numerous green spaces and cultural centres. The Jonage Canal passes through the centre of town, setting the stage for peaceful walks and bicycle rides. Grand Large Lake is popular for sailing and fishing.

While staying in Decines, most sightseeing itineraries take tourists into Lyons. The cobblestone streets of Lyons' medieval quarter are a nice place to wander around, and there are Roman ruins along with a Gallo-Roman Museum near the Fourviere Basilica.

However, the Basilica itself is the dominating attraction in Lyons. This religious structure was built in the 1800s on a hill overlooking the city. The basilica features striking stained glass windows and beautiful mosaics. Climb the northern tower for superb panoramic views of Lyons and the surrounding countryside.

The Croix-Rousse hillside is home to a series of quaint silk workshops. The city was once well-known for its silk industry; and this part of Lyon together with the medieval quarter have earned a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Transportation into Decines is made possible through connections in Lyons. Saint-Exupry International Airport is east of Lyon and trains from Lyons connect the region with Paris, Lille, Brussels and Marseille. Those staying in Decines will appreciate the convenience of touring Lyons by hire car. We offer affordable rates on local hire cars that can be conveniently booked online.

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