You cannot talk about Lyon without mentioning Bellecour. It is impossible to come to Lyon without crossing this six-hectare square, one of the largest in France, at one time or another.
In the heart of the Presqu'île peninsula between the Rhône and the Saône, this strategic crossroads of Lyonnais life is at the junction of three major arteries: the Rue de la République leading to Lyon's National Opera House, the shop-lined Rue Herriot heading for the Place des Terreaux, and Rue Victor Hugo running to the Perrache and Confluence neighbourhoods. In its centre, you will find a grandiose equestrian statue of Louis XIV riding Roman-style without stirrups. If locals are planning to meet up in the city centre, under the royal horse's tail is.a popular rendez-vous spot.
For rollerblade fans, it is at the statue's feet that every Friday night, skating enthusiasts gather for their nocturnal tours of the city.