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Discover Ile Barbe because it is really worth it !

Dernière mise à jour : 31 août 2021

Discover more of Lyon…discover the hidden beauty of Lyon…discover L’Ile Barbe and all what it offers. Firstly, I love this area so much that I actually moved here and still enjoying. Secondly, it’s great place to spend a day, half a day away from crowds yet being surrendered by Lyons beauty. But what’s actually is the Ile Barbe and how you can spend time there?

Well, let me tell you…

ILE BARBE is an island located in the middle of the Saone, in the 9th district of Lyon, in the district of Saint-Rambert-l’Ile-Barbe. It is an enchanted and magic site, listed as a French historical monument. Its name comes from the Latin insula barbara, “the wild island” . But these were the Romans who firstly called  it “Hoya” as a reference to the animal which symbolises the messenger from the after-life. It is during the 3rd century that two hermits trying to escape religious persecution chose the island as their residence. Nice little story, one of many that the Ile Barbe has…Anyways, not only the stories but monuments, beautiful places the island have for us. It is today inhabited by a few, privileged, people and therefore it is divided into the public and private part. And we can have a full access to the public part!

So let’s start with the island’s small church which became quickly one of Lyon’s most powerful Abbeys. It was was founded in the fifth century. And it is the first monastic establishment in the Lyon region and one of the oldest in Gaul. It also remains the only Roman church Notre-Dame.

Secondly,  you will find at the Ile Barbe the very famous Inn where you can spend a night or two and the restaurant (l’Auberge de l’ile) which is one of the most elegant lyonnais restaurants. Established in 1967, it was just a riverside cafe, and than it was transformed into the luxury restaurant and a luxury house of Lyonnais top class cuisine. It’s owned by Ansanay’s family and you might have heard of the top chef who runs it –  Jean-Christophe Ansanay-Alex. Auberge de l’Ile is still located in the old house from 1606! And is seems like a one the  gastronomic must seen venue in Lyon. I will go one day…I really want…not only because of the location but because of the food it offers. Have a quick luck at the menu and be blowed away!

And i need to mention it! The restaurant got its first Michelin star in 1993. And each year it gets its stars again and again and on top of this it has been honored by Gault et Millau.

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Source : Aga - J'adore Lyon

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