A pocket of parkland on the edge of vibrant Lyon with family-friendly camping facilities and speedy connections to the city centre
Recognised by UNESCO as an official World Heritage Site, Lyon is one of those rare cities that so successfully blends millennia of history with a vibrant and strikingly modern feel. It’s been luring people since the Romans named it Lugdunum in 43 BC but today the 2000-year-old amphitheatre, 16th-century Croix Rousse district and medieval St Jean's Cathedral are married with hip cafés, new fangled suspension bridges and the space-age looking science museum where the city’s two rivers – the Rhône and the Saône – meet. It’s a vivacious city that’s attractive and interesting without being pretentious. And, thankfully, it plays host to an equally amenable campsite.
In the north west Dardilly district, a 20-minute bus journey from the city centre, Camping de Lyon spreads itself across some 15 acres of tree-spattered parkland with grass pitches for tents and year-round spots for campervans and motorhomes. Mature trees and well-established foliage help break up the campsite and shield it from the urban world beyond – in some areas it feels almost like woodland camping – while noise from the busy A6 auto-route is noticeable but minimal (and makes the campsite a handy layover on longer journeys). Facilities, meanwhile, are plentiful – there’s a heated outdoor swimming pool, a playground, a shop, library and games room in the reception block and three different washroom buildings. If you think the only thing missing is a tennis court you’d be right. Sort of. There are public courts just 400 metres down the road.
Yet for all its fancy facilities and pre-furnished glamping options, Camping de Lyon retains a wonderfully laid-back, informal feel. The thick trees and undulating levels of the park bring the great outdoors to what is otherwise a city-focused holiday and the family clientele mean children of all ages are quick to make friends and charge off towards the playground together. And, whether it’s roaming art galleries, cycling between shops on the riverside or watching a Guignol puppet show at the Croix-Rousse or Saint-Jean theatres, retreating back to the campsite after a busy day in town is always a real pleasure. Country camping and a city escape combined. What more could you want?
69570 Dardilly, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, FranceTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Huttopia F.Joined in December 2016
From the host
Camping de Lyon welcomes campers all year round in a natural 6 hectare park, ideally located for visiting Lyon and the Beaujolais.
An ideal site for a stopover on your way to your holiday destination or a city break to explore the beautiful city of Lyon, classified World Heritage by UNESCO!
There's a bank 50m away, tennis courts 400m away, a supermarket 500m away and, most importantly, a bus stop 50m away with regular buses running into Lyon city centre. The Musée des Beaux-Arts (0033 4 7210 1740) is a must – stunning but manageably sized, it showcases France's finest collection of sculptures and paintings outside of Paris, include works by Monet, Matisse and Picasso. Stop for a drink on the café's stone terrace while there. On top of the hill, the late-19th-century Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière is lined with intricate mosaics and is the city's main attraction. Tours run throughout the day. The newer, rejuvenated neighbourhood around the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers is now an exciting place to visit, including the Musée des Confluences (0033 4 2838 1190) – a science-and-humanities museum housed in a futuristic, distorted steel-and-glass transparent crystal and one of the city's iconic landmarks. Lyon is also an extremely bike-friendly city. Ditch the bus and take the tour along the quais (the banks of the River Saône and Rhône), particularly Quai St Vincent (underneath La Croix-Rousse looking up to Lyon’s miniature version of the Eiffel Tower).
Food and drink
There's an on-site café-restaurant (July and August only, plus evenings during the French May and June bank holidays) where you can have a drink on the terrace and enjoy homemade pizzas or grills. There is also a bar, open every day. Fresh bread and croissants are available each morning if you order the day before. After that, there's the whole of Lyon to explore and who are we to pick from the endless restaurants? Le Kitchen Café (0033 6 0336 4275) on 34 rue Chevreul, though, is a favourite (but be prepared to queue), while trendy L'Ébauche (0033 4 7858 1258), at the bottom of the city’s central hill on rue de la Martinière, is another excellent spot.