Portugal’s fantastic climate, beautiful beaches, and genuine hospitality make it a sensational choice for a destination wedding in Europe. Portugal is a large country with several main regions, including the vibrant capital city of Lisbon, the fantastic coastline of the Algarve, and the stunning Azores and Madeira Islands. Each region offers couples something different, and all of it is just a few hours’ flight from the UK.
If you want a beach destination wedding without the expense or hassle of flying to the Seychelles or Caribbean, the Algarve provides a fantastic alternative. Soft sandy beaches, long days of warm sunshine (even in winter), and a huge choice of superb venues and suppliers can transform your dream of a stylish beach wedding into fabulous reality.
Fortaleza da Luz overlooks the coast at Praia de Luz, boasting incredible gardens and amazing sea views. Built in 1670, the restored fortress is now a first class restaurant with a shaded terrace, vaulted interior, and an excellent reputation for hosting first class events.
Praia de Luz is a fantastic choice for an Algarve wedding. It is close to many luxurious private villas tucked discreetly away, has world class golf courses nearby, and English is widely spoken. Character filled villages, and wide expanses of beach, will ensure you and your guests have a wonderful time.
As one of the oldest cities in the world (it was a trading hub as far back as 1200 BCE) Lisbon is rich with history and culture. The Celts, Romans, Moors, and Vikings have all left their mark, giving couples a wide array of unique backdrops for their wedding photos. When it comes to venues you are spoiled for choice, with everything from historic forts to five star hotels at your disposal.
Sintra is a picturesque region just outside the capital, nestled at the foot of the Sintra mountains, and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Quinta has welcomed guests for more than 500 years, and the current owners will happily extend a warm welcome to your wedding party. The estate has wonderful ocean views, breathtaking gardens, and direct access to Adraga Beach where you can exchange vows on the sand if you choose.
Azores and Madeira Islands
Scattered like sparkling jewels off the coast of mainland Portugal, the Madeira Islands and the Azores Islands are paradise. There is no shortage of romantic sea views, with many luxury wedding venues being built specifically to make the most of them.
Madeira is especially beautiful, with gorgeous gardens, national parks, waterfalls, and forest. It is a slice of heaven in the Atlantic Ocean. Restaurant do Forte has an incredible terrace overlooking the water, and a well-deserved reputation for excellent food and service. Conveniently located in Funchal, Madeira’s main town, it is the ideal solution for couples searching for something extra special.
Portugal offers couples the option of both civil and Catholic ceremonies. There are a number of legal requirements which must be met before you can marry in Portugal, however a wedding planner can help you arrange these.