Many travelers love Paris when it sizzles or Italy when the spring flowers are blossoming, but there is much to love in Europe during October. Fodor's list of the best places to visit in October include Spain, Italy, Germany and France.Considering the cheaper prices and the lack of crowds, you may find October to be the coolest month of all -- and not just because of the weather.
Vacation in the Vineyards in France
Although you will find Paris, as are many other European cities, much less crowded in the fall, the prime destinations in October are the wine regions. The grape harvest begins in September but it runs well into October for the late ripening varietals, including the grapes of the Champagne region. A Loire Valley wine tour will afford both wine tastings and a chance to peek inside the regions historic chateaus.
Hit the Beach and the Links in Spain
October is the tail end of the season on Spain's Costa del Sol and that's when crowds begin to dwindle, although the weather is still warm. World-class golf courses and Rivera-style glitzy beach resorts abound, but you can also find some relaxing moments in the smaller villages along the coast.) If the weather holds and you're feeling bold, you might venture into the Costa Natura, Spain's first nudist village.
Feast and Be Festive in Italy
A trip to Italy in October affords the intrepid traveler an opportunity to see historic sights such as the Spanish Steps, the Venice Canals and the Colosseum. It also is the time for many festivals and feasts, such as the White Truffle Festival in Alba, the Slow Food Festival -- alternately in Turin or Bra, or the decadent delights of Chocoday, part of the yearly Eurochocolate Festival in Perugia
Roll Out the Barrel in Munich
An October visit to Munich without partaking of the beer and festivities at Oktoberfest would be unthinkable, but this 16-day festival starts in September and ends after the first weekend in October. This raucous party draws more than 6 million people every year, so stake out your place early in one of the enormous beer tents to ensure that you get first crack at the Oktoberfest beer. Even if you don't drink beer, you can shop for lederhosen or sing along with the brass band.
- French Wine Explorers: Loire Valley Tours: The Loire Valley Guide
- Travel Channel: Guide to Costa Del Sol: Sand and Sand Traps in Southern Spain
- Fiera Internazionale: Tartufo Bianco D'Alba
- Slow Food USA: Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto 2014
- Italy Magazine: Italy Celebrates the Food of the Gods with Chocoday - See more at: http://www.italymagazine.com/news/italy-celebrates-food-gods-chocoday#sthash.etg9w3KV.dpuf
- Oktoberfest: Dates and General FAQs
- Lonely Planet: Oktoberfest
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