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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Lyon

Peak Season: June to August

Summer brings swarms of tourists to all of France, and the heat and crowds can be overwhelming. Prices are high, but there is plenty of daylight, which could mean extra hours spent at favorite cafes. 

Off Season: November to April

Lyon’s inland location keeps it a bit chillier than coastal towns, although temperatures aren’t too cold (January averages 37 degrees). Hotel prices will be lower, but walks along the Rhône and Saône rivers might not be as pleasant. An exception to this generally low-tourist period is the Festival of Lights in early December, which attracts millions of visitors.

Sweet Spot: May; September to October

Better temperatures and fewer tourists make late summer and early fall ideal, especially when you consider the fresh grape and olive harvests filling this food-obsessed city. Warm temperatures (58 degrees on average) make May a great month to visit as well, although rainfall is a bit heavier.

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