The lands of warm dreams, brimming flavors and exquisite landscapes, both Spain and Italy are gleaming names at the top of any traveler’s bucket list. Both places are breathtakingly beautiful and offer once in a lifetime experiences that will surely make a storyteller out of anyone. But, in case you can fit only one of them into your next October trip and are faced with the amazingly painful decision to choose between Spain and Italy, which should you go for? Well, we are here to help you decide exactly that.
October is one of the best times to visit Spain. The chill of the winter does not hit yet, and the boiling hot summers have faded away leaving behind a warm and sweet-scented pre-monsoon spring weather. The temperatures remain comfortably between 60 and 70 degrees and quiet afternoon breezes seem ever willing to lift your hair and your spirit with it.
Again, this is one of the best times to look out for the best tour packages to visit Italy. The summer heat dies away and with it fades the crowds. The artistic centers of Bel Paese are in full bloom and Tuscany, and Florence achieve a richness of their own. But while most of Italy enjoys a lazy 70 degrees with low humidity levels, the northern parts of Italy already begin their long march into a freezing winter by October.
Food is easily one of the major highlights of a trip to Spain. Sitting down to dinner at any charming little eatery will introduce you to the delicate and sometimes bold flavors of the many Spanish dishes such as albondigas, patatas bravas, garlic shrimp, deeply fried calamari, olives stuffed with rich goodness and bread and so much more. Enjoy sangria, the homemade fruit wine, with a lovely bowl of gazpacho soup. Top off a plate of fresh gambas and paella with lemon juice and traipse down the door to heaven. But, even after all this, it is the simpler Spanish omelet that takes the cake. Had once, this is a taste you will never once forget in your life.
Three words: pizza, wine, and pasta. And Italy is the beloved home of et all. While Italian cafes have popped up everywhere in the world, it is a taste that cannot quite be duplicated outside this beautiful country. That simple ingredients like tomatoes and basil and nuts and oregano and a whole of cheese can cook up such delicacies is such an amazing surprise. For dessert, we have the tiramisu and the chocolate mousse, which sound simple till the flavors make your taste buds dance for joy. Couple all of this with tall glasses of scented wine and you will soon be begging for more.
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While Italy might be more famous for its sprawling architecture, Spain doesn’t lag too far behind. It’s cities are lively and filled with beautiful pieces of architecture. Barcelona is the most popular destination here, but Madrid is the city of artists, being the home of Goya himself. Granada is more famous for the food experience it offers you while Seville is where the Flamenco was born. The wine trails in the rural areas along with the historic significance many of the places that hold make Spain a diverse and intriguing experience.
But history and architecture are incomplete without the presence of Italy. Italy was the epicenter of Rome and nestled within its arms are cities brimming with the history of art, swooping architecture and significant archaeological sites. This is where the Vatical and the Colosseum are. This is where the Renaissance was at its peak while taking the world by storm. It is also home to Venice, the gorgeous floating city with its flowers and its gondolas.
While this might often be a tough decision to make, we are afraid that if you are not traveling with the sole intention of going on a food journey, it is Italy that takes the cake with its significance in history, its art, and thriving culture. The culinary experience it offers if pretty delightful too and hence somehow beats Spain for us by a tiny percentage. However, both countries are extremely beautiful and experiences in themselves so you should definitely try to fit both into your trip if you can.