The answer to one of the biggest dilemmas of Italians can divide or unite, and it can do so irreparably. There are couples who have founded their love on sharing the same taste for summer vacations and couples who instead go to alternate choices because maybe he likes to climb peaks and she takes the tan chatting with the neighbor of umbrella in the front row on the beach. If there are also children or groups of friends, the choice can become really compelling: who will win?
In this article, with the summer season approaching and many hotels and resorts beginning to happily announce their reopening date, we want to put together some of the reasons in favor of one or the other choice, and then draw a conclusion that should reassure everyone. Because, let’s not forget, whether it’s the sea or the mountains, it’s always a vacation, that is, time to spend without worries, in the company of those who we really want to be with us. Are you ready? Let’s go!
THE PROS OF MOUNTAIN
This is the first big reason why many people prefer the sea in summer, that is, to change the air. Those in Italy who live in the cities, or at least not at high altitudes, suffer a lot from the heat in the summer and therefore go in search of fresh, pure air. There are those who really dream of waking up in the morning and immediately get out of their room to run or do exercises in the woods. An awakening full of vitality! And then the mountain air is good for children and is purer even than microorganisms that are found at lower altitudes and can give us some trouble.
Green and nature
For those who do not live in the mountains, the sight of the vivid and sharp colors of mountain scenery is something really important. The green of the dense vegetation, the blue of the sky, the white of the clouds. And then all that teeming with life at all levels, from those among the leaves and blades of grass to the animals grazing freely. Any type of sporting activity, then, if carried out in nature is certainly even more beneficial. Even a simple walk has more beneficial results on the body and gives a good mood!
Let’s face it: vacation by the sea automatically makes us think of music and dancing, while vacation in the mountains takes our minds on wonderful paths and wrapped in trees, among the chirping of birds. The mountain gives serenity and security: there is room for everyone and you live in respect of nature. In the mountains it is quiet, and for those who live in the city, this is a decisive advantage.
Sport and typical cuisine
Certainly, the mountains offer the ideal climate for practicing many more sports, even if the sea defends itself well. It’s just that the body – as we have already said – reacts better in climatic conditions that are not excessively hot, and for this reason, there is a desire to practice a great many activities, from hiking to mountain biking, from soccer to paragliding. Of course, at the sea, you can swim, but it is also nice to take refreshing baths in safe spots of lakes and rivers. And if beach volleyball is missing, in the mountains you will always find someone who has created a field with real sand! And then, after any sporting activity in the mountains, what could be better than refreshment with snacks, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners nutritious and genuine, based on recipes typical of these areas?
Another good reason to choose the mountains is that many people can’t stand all the bugs that flock to humid cities and beach areas in the summer, especially mosquitoes. There are no itches in the mountains and this, which may seem like a trivial reason, is actually a factor in the choice for so many people!
THE SEA PROS
Sun and festive atmosphere
There is little to do, even if the sun beats down in the mountains, it is always at the beach that we all want to tan. The sun taken with due precautions is a source of energy for everyone and helps us to produce vitamin D, endorphins, and serotonin. In addition, at the beach, we feel free to have fun, immersed in a constant festive and fun atmosphere. For those who like to keep the early hours, even when the sun goes away, there is plenty of life at the beach.
As for the mountains, also for the sea, the air you breathe can be a strong “pro”. Sea air is rich in iodine, salts, and minerals, and breathing it in can only be good for those who are deficient in these substances. And then there are those who love the heat and could not do without it.
Water and sports
Some people love the sea precisely because of its water. Needless to say, the cleaner it is, the more benefits it brings to our organism. And then in water, you can practice many activities and admire a fascinating world like the one that lives underwater. Beach volleyball, swimming, surfing, SUP, canoeing, motorboating… you name it!
There are those who spend a year waiting for their vacations by the sea because they can’t wait to taste the excellent Italian cuisine based on fresh fish. And how can we not understand the reasons of those who choose the sea also for this reason? On the other hand, only at the seaside, you can be sure to taste the typical linguine allo scoglio or the grilled octopus prepared to perfection.
There are also those who love a perhaps more romantic side of a beach vacation. There are those who love to read a book under the beach umbrella, enjoying the background music coming from the beach, and then go for a very long walk barefoot on the shoreline. Walks by the sea make us feel really at peace with ourselves, make us feel what it means to unplug, and give us a very strong inner drive.
SO WHAT TO CHOOSE?
Also for next summer, the important thing is to be aware of choosing what we really like in case of solo travel or harmony of tastes. In case of a trip with several people and different tastes, you could really think about giving a chance to both the sea and the mountains, in alternate years. The most important thing, in all cases, is to choose well how to travel and, if you decide on hotels, villages or resorts, to select those that present better their offer, verifying that it is really in line with your expectations.
WE ARE VACATION SPECIALISTS
Our hotel group has been in the vacation business for over 60 years and has a wide range of hotels and resorts to suit the tastes of both beach and mountain lovers. For beach lovers, we are pleased to announce that the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Jesolo opens on May 20, the Falkensteiner Resort Capo Boi opens on May 21 and the Falkensteiner Club Funimation Garden Calabria opens on May 29. For those who choose the mountains, however, the Falkensteiner Hotel Kronplatz opens on May 28, the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Anterselva, and the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Falkensteinerhof reopen on May 12 and the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Sonnenparadies reopens on June 1!