• Wedding in Portugal Wedding in Portugal
  • Wedding in Portugal Wedding in Portugal
  • Wedding in Portugal Wedding in Portugal

Weddings in Portugal

One thing that makes Portugal ideal for a destination wedding is the extensive coastline. Close your eyes and plant your finger anywhere and you are sure to have a great location for a seaside wedding either on the cliffs or the beach. The interior however is rich in interesting sites for weddings and reception venues as well as romantic honeymoon trips.

The city of Port or Oporto gives Portugal its name, as well as that of one of the most interesting products from this varied land: Port wine. The city has been growing continuously for over 2000 years, and begins along the elegant and colorful riverfront. There are plenty of attractions to keep your guests entertained, but plan your reception at the Intercontinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas to experience what many have considered to be the ultimate hotel experience and a 3 in one venue: ceremony, reception and accomodation. The Duoro region with the typical fan shaped terraced vineyards will introduce you to the world of Port wine. Book the LVB House Hotel for an innovative location dedicated to service, or the grand Vidago Palace, for a regal setting complete with golf course. Discover Amarante, an ancient town just inside from Port, along the Tamega river, it’s elegant buildings and squares would be the ideal wedding location in June during the festivities to celebrate procreation.

If you plan your wedding in the exciting city of Lisbon, take your pick of trendy and elegant hotels for  your reception and first night; the Pestana Palace for example is a great choice. Just beyond the confines of the city bustle is  Sintra, a most unusual village, and a great start on your honeymoon. Cascais is near both of these destinations and is a major seaside resort town. Here you can book the Miragem for your reception, it is a modern hotel with all comforts, and a highly recommended restaurant. The Farol Hotel’s studied elegance is an alternative with no compromises in comfort, and the views are magnificent.

You cannot end your evaluation of Portugal as a wedding destination without considering the archipelagos of Madiera and the Azores. Mariera with its temperate climate is lovely all year round, but in spring one can take a leisurely walk along the mimosa levada, a country walk among flowering highly scented Mimosa trees, how romantic is that! Most of the hotels are the large sort along the beach, all capable of handling your wedding, however if you are looking for a more intimate atmosphere why not book at the Choupana hills resort and spa. They have individual bunglaows, and a poolside wedding overlooking the town lighting up in the sunset would be extremely romantic. The Azores is the furthest outpost of Europe, and what you will find there is peaceful cultivated fields, small towns, tree lined squares with villagers visiting as they go about their errands; all of this in the middle of a marine paradise. Whales, sting rays and sea turtles, are as common as sheep, and the best time to plan your wedding may well be August just before or after the water sports festival when the whole area takes on a festive tone. There is a tradition of staying in small cottages in the azores, and you can chose the traditional sort renovated by local craftsmen at Adegas do Pico, or a modern take on this idea at Furnas Lake Villas, both top venues in this area. Stay all together in Pico do Rifugio with its large grounds and essential interiors, a location that  well suits the strong white light and open landscapes of these remote islands.

Portugal venues AND LOCATIONS