Stretching from the Parc de la Tête d’or to the Parc de Gerland, the banks of the Rhône were completely revamped in 2007 to offer the people of Lyon a whole new environment. With its shady lawns and children’s playgrounds, it is a popular place for locals to relax and socialise.
The area between pont Morand and pont Lafayette bridges is particularly suited for the large-scale installations which can be admired from near and far during the Festival of Lights. The illuminations here are traditionally sponsored by the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR).
Thursday 5 and Sunday 8 from 7 pm to 11 pm
Friday 6 and Saturday 7 from 8 pm to midnight
Erik Barray offers visitors a kilometre-long stroll along the left bank of the river starting at Pont Morand. Glow-in-the-dark insects flit along the plane-tree lined avenue. Swarms of bugs in the branches of the trees generate a warm orange light flickering like the delicate flame of hundreds of candles. Down on the banks of the river, beneath the Pont de Lattre de Tassigny, the tunnel has been colonised by dozens of strange illuminated creatures. As the visitors wander along, they come across delightful illuminated cocoons opening up to release a myriad of multicoloured butterflies.