Illustrator Map Lyon France

Lyon, located in east-central France, is known for its rich history, architectural heritage, and vibrant cultural scene. The city is situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, which play a significant role in shaping its urban landscape. Here’s a brief description of Lyon’s principal waterways, bridges, and main streets:


  1. Rhône River:
    • Lyon is bisected by the Rhône River, which flows from the Swiss Alps to the Mediterranean Sea. The river serves as a major transportation route and offers scenic views along its banks.
  2. Saône River:
    • The Saône River joins the Rhône in the heart of Lyon. It provides another picturesque watercourse through the city, with charming quays and promenades along its shores.


  1. Pont Lafayette:
    • This iconic bridge spans the Rhône River and connects the Presqu’île district to the eastern part of Lyon. It offers stunning views of the city and is a popular spot for both locals and tourists.
  2. Pont Wilson:
    • Crossing the Saône River, Pont Wilson is an elegant bridge known for its arches and decorative elements. It links the Presqu’île to the Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) district.
  3. Pont de l’Université:
    • This bridge connects the two riverbanks of the Rhône and is often used by pedestrians and cyclists. It provides a peaceful place to enjoy the river views.

Main Streets:

  1. Presqu’île:
    • The Presqu’île is the heart of Lyon, situated between the Rhône and Saône rivers. It houses the city’s commercial and cultural center, featuring a mix of shops, restaurants, and historical landmarks.
  2. Rue de la République:
    • Running through the Presqu’île, this grand boulevard is one of Lyon’s main shopping streets. It is lined with shops, cafes, and impressive architecture, making it a popular destination for both shopping and leisurely strolls.
  3. Quai Saint-Antoine:
    • Along the Saône River, Quai Saint-Antoine offers a picturesque promenade with views of the Fourvière Hill and Vieux Lyon. It’s a charming area to explore, dotted with riverside cafes and historical buildings.
  4. Rue du Boeuf (Vieux Lyon):
    • In the Vieux Lyon district, Rue du Boeuf is a narrow, cobblestone street lined with medieval buildings. It captures the historic charm of the city and is a favorite among visitors exploring Lyon’s Old Town.

Lyon’s waterways, bridges, and streets collectively contribute to the city’s unique character, blending history with modernity in a delightful way.

Author: Kirill Shrayber, Ph.D.

I have been working with vector cartography for over 25 years, including GPS, GIS, Adobe Illustrator and other professional cartographic software.

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