When to go to Rhône-Alpes?
There are two high tourist seasons for the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. For the mountain resorts: winter for skiing and summer for hiking. Out of season, the big resorts empty, their hotels and restaurants close. The mid-mountain resorts make tourist proposals in the off-seasons. For Drôme and Ardèche, there is only one tourist season: summer. To visit Lyon, it's all year round with highlights for the Festival of Lights on 8 December, and the Nuits de Fourvière, an art festival in July, the Biennial of Contemporary Art, in odd years, from September to January. Find out more about the Confluence Museum's programming. Similarly Annecy, Grenoble and Valence can be visited all year round. But for Annecy, prefer July 14th, during the Lake Festival, a fairy-tale moment.
In Nyons, in the south of the Drôme, the olive is celebrated in February and June. And in July, lavender in Ferrassières, picodon in Saoû, linden in Buis-les-Baronnies. At the end of June and the beginning of July, go to the Jazz festival in Vienne and all summer long for the Nuits de Grignan (theater), on the square in front of the castle where Madame de Sévigné's daughter lived
As for accommodation and restaurant prices, they are at their highest in summer in the south of the region and in winter in the large resorts. However, all-inclusive stays remain a good compromise. In the remote villages of the Ardèche, if tourism is confined to good weather, you can make an off-season stay at a lower cost, to live in peace and quiet like the locals. Finally, you should know that in July and August, when the heat wave exhausts you in the plain, there is always, nearby, an altitude site where you can cool off