What makes the Tête d'Or park so special?
The Tête d'Or park is one of the largest urban parks in France covering a total of 105 hectares including 17 hectares of lakes. It is well known for its magnificent international rose garden which visitors come to admire in springtime and which is one of my personal favourites here. We also have France's leading botanical garden with more than 20,000 varieties. Finally, the locals come here for the huge African plain where zebras, giraffes, antelopes, lions and other rare species roam free in a special 3 hectare area.
Why are the people of Lyon so fond of this park?
This is a city centre park, where the locals come to relax and unwind. It's part of their day-to-day lives. Whatever the time of day, they can come along to run, kick a football about, have a picnic, watch the animals with their children or read near the lake. There's a place to suit everyone, from the wide open spaces down to more intimate copses. No surprise then that it's often described as Lyon's green lung.
What is there to do in the park?
You can come along to admire the magnificent gardens, stroll up to the lake or say hello to the animals at the zoo. But you can also go pedal boating surrounded by swans, take a ride on the roundabout, enjoy a delicious ice cream at the water's edge, hop aboard the little train or applaud Guignol on Wednesdays with your children! There are also plenty of events and festivals all year round, including concerts, debates and all kinds of attractions in the gardens in summer. This park deserves a visit whatever the time of year! When I open the gates each morning, I am always surprised by its beauty when it's covered with snow or russet coloured leaves or when the roses bring its gardens to life.