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, which leads to Lyon's National Opera house, the shopping street rue Herriot towards the place des Terreaux, and Rue Victor Hugo towards the Perrache and Confluence neighbourhoods. In its centre is a grandiose equestrian statue of Louis XIV riding Roman style without stirrups. If you need to find someone in the heart of the city, locals have a habit of meeting under the horse's tail.
For rollerblade fans, it is at the statue's feet that every Friday night, skating enthusiasts gather for their nocturnal tours of the city.