Is your dream to wed in a romantic castle with a fantastic view? If so, you are in luck, because Europe is full of incredible castles and forts which have been lovingly transformed into sensational destination wedding venues. Here are a few of the best.
Castello di Duino, Italy
Tread in the footsteps of Italian royalty when you hold your wedding at Duino Castle in Trieste in the north-east of Italy. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Gulf of Trieste it features a centuries-old chapel, stunning park and gardens, and luxurious furnishings. It is incredibly photogenic and utterly magical.
Castillo de Santa Catalina, Spain
Picture yourself exchanging vows and entertaining your guests in the 17th Century grandeur of the magnificent Castillo de Santa Catalina. The mature manicured gardens echo the beauty within, giving you the option of holding your wedding outdoors on the terrace in the Malaga sunshine, or within the high ceilinged elegantly decorated interior.
Castell de Sant Marçal, Spain
You can’t fail but be impressed when you first see Castell de Sant Marcal. Just twenty minutes from the centre of Barcelona, it dates to the early 1200s and features extensive gardens perfect for an outdoor wedding, as well as majestic towers and grand staircases. Your photographer will be in raptures at the endless choice of beautiful photo locations, while your guests will appreciate the superb standard of food and service.
Pousada Castelo Alvito, Portugal
Built by a dynasty of barons, Pousada Castelo Alvito sits in the middle of the ancient town of Alvito, surrounded by twisty cobbled streets, with views of rolling golden hills of the surrounding countryside. You and your guests will feel welcomed and pampered in the castle, which is now a private boutique hotel with 20 rooms. Original features like the intricate tiling have been preserved, while sumptuous furnishings bring it into the 21st century.
While in Alvito you and your guests can visit the area’s famed frescoes, go horseriding in the country, and enjoy the local specialities of smoked pork sausage and doces conventuais pastries.
Chateau de Val Joyeuse, France
Languedoc is renowned for its spectacular scenery. Standing between the coast and the garrigue which lends itself to much of the wine produced in the region, the property includes a thousand year old chapel, extensive vineyards, and a park. Sup on award-winning wines made from vines you can see from beautifully appointed living spaces. The castle is ideal for a private event, featuring eight bedrooms – five of them master suites.
All of these venues either provide guest accommodation, or are within easy reach of a variety of hotels, B&Bs, and self catering properties to give your guests an option to suit their requirements. With so many wonderfully restored and converted castles, fortresses, and chateaus across France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal, there is the perfect choice for your destination wedding in Europe.