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What do you love about Southern Spain and why? From an Italy devotee

What do you love about Southern Spain and why? From an Italy devotee

Old Nov 10th, 2004, 03:38 PM
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What do you love about Southern Spain and why? From an Italy devotee

Ok, I know this is a personal choice but I need help convincing myself that I should broaden my travel horizons. I have been to Greece 2x, and Italy 4x. I am hooked on Italy because I have family there and am taking Italian classes so it's nice to see how I am progressing. Since we have recently re-connected with our Italian family, probably any trip to Europe would conclude with a week visiting them.

For next June I am considering doing 2 weeks in Andalusia then Barcelona before going to Italy. But, I am stuck on the idea of seeing the next region that I'm dying to explore in Italy, Puglia. Please tell me why a trip to Southern Spain could be or not be just as fulfilling as a trip to Southern Italy. I am just looking for opinions, and I know it's a very open-ended inquiry. I'm probably asking for it with this one, but, I'd love to hear everyone's opinions.

To sum it up: what do you love about Southern Spain and why?
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Old Nov 10th, 2004, 03:46 PM
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Well, you know I love Italy and have also spent time in Puglia, so I may have some perspective.

Andalusia is different. It is Moorish Spain and the ambiance and architecture reflect that. After 12 trips to italy and 4 to Spain I can assure you will like Andalusia. If we travel to experience different cultures then here is another one.
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Old Nov 10th, 2004, 03:51 PM
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Southern Spain is really very little like Italy. The phsycial setting is very different, the culture and history are very diferent (and fascinating) and the opportunity for a little relaxing but extravagent beach time (esp Puerto Banus - I love those gigantic yachts) is IMHO unique.

Definitely go - you'll love it.
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Old Nov 11th, 2004, 02:07 AM
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I have been to Abbruzzo and Sicily as well as Rome, Milan, Venice and the Dolomites - but I want to see much more of Italy.
However Andalucia is very differennt and very varied within.
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Old Nov 11th, 2004, 07:13 AM
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Thanks for your thoughts. I will e-mail David for his notes. How I will be deciding what to do will probably be that if I can take 2 weeks off I'll do a week in Puglia and a week with my family. If I can do 3, I will venture into Southern Spain.
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Old Nov 11th, 2004, 03:48 PM
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Another try- I thought I'd get more thoughts on S. Spain!
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Old Nov 12th, 2004, 05:43 AM
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We visited Andalucia this fall after many trips to Italy. We had a difficult time deciding to expand our horizons beyond our beloved France and Italy but are so glad we did. Andalucia is wonderful - we loved the scenery, the beautiful weather, the flowers, the white villages, the Moorish architecture in the cities, the food. The Alhambra is more beautiful and more amazing than I have heard in the most hyperbolic descriptions. For me, all of Andalucia is a feast for the senses and we have happily added Spain to our list of favorites.
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Old Nov 12th, 2004, 07:23 AM
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Frankly, one reason you may not be getting "more thoughts" is your obvious infatuation with Italy..which is fine..but why waste a lot of time trying to convince someone?
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Old Nov 12th, 2004, 09:05 AM
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AP - I have been to both Italy and Spain. I love them both! Andalucia has the moorish architecture and influence, wonderful small towns, beautiful scenery etc. You'll get a different cultural experience also - where in Italy I enjoyed a glass (or bottle) of wine before dinner by sitting at a restaurant, in Spain you can eat tapas and drink wine or beer or sangria standing up at a bar talking to the wonderfully friendly Spaniards.

They are different, but both great. Broaden your horizons! Va a Espana!

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