France is a master of culinary arts and Lyon is the gastronomy capital of France. France’s most celebrated chef, Paul Bocuse, hails from Lyon, and the city’s bouchons — homey restaurants serving rustic, traditional cuisine — are famous countrywide. During your layover, explore the delightful culinary experience that Lyon has to offer.
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If idyllic beaches are your thing, then a layoverto the Portuguese town of Lagos will be right up your alley. This historic town lies on the Algarve and once a famous seaport, nowadays most visitors visit Lagos to indulge in its fantastic range of restaurants (with excellent sea food dishes), beaches, and wild nightlife. During the summer time, this city becomes the center of partying for backpackers in Portugal with endless bar crawls, booze cruises, and fun in the sun. The city also makes a great base of operations to explore neighboring towns, coves, and beaches!
In the sun-parched land of Níngxià, Yínchuān has managed to thrive. The Tangut founders wisely chose this spot as their capital, planting the city between a source of water and a natural barrier from the Gobi Desert. Modern-day Yínchuān is predominantly Han, although its many mosques reveal its status as the capital of the Hui peoples’ homeland. Yínchuān is also a handy jumping-off point for longer trips to western Inner Mongolia. The name Yínchuān means ‘Silver River’. Some say it comes from the alkaline land which can appear white, while others say that it’s because the Yellow River is clear in these parts and can appear bright, but the exact origin is obscure.
Sophisticated city galleries and rooftop bars, deserted subtropical beaches, cool-climate vineyards: the greater Brisbane region deals in Queensland’s most gasp-inducing contrasts. Star of the show is Brisbane itself, a lush, humid metropolis by means of flourishing restaurant, bar and cultural scenes that bear out to its coming of age. Lapping at the city’s eastern tassel is Moreton Bay, home to low-lying sandy isles that beckon with their turquoise waves, sparkling forests and passing parade of whales, turtles and dolphins. Things get even cooler (literally) further south in the vineyard-laced Granite Belt, a corner of the state where surf clubs, mojitos and palm trees are ditched for elegant reds, crackling fires and the occasional mid-year snowman.
Far-flung from the oil-centric city depicted on the ’80s TV show, Dallas is a lively cosmopolitan city swiftly making a name for itself equally in the art and culinary worlds; it’s home to the largest adjacent urban arts district in the country as well as some top-notch restaurants with an eclectic blend of culture, nightlife, and sporting events. In order to get the most out of your 24 hours to 48 hours layover in the Big D, we’ve got a Texas-sized itinerary for you.