In association with: Visit Portugal
When it comes to planning for the big day, choosing a location is an important decision. Whether it’s a coastal spot, somewhere deep in the countryside or a grand, historic building, your clients will find there’s no shortage of places to tie the knot in Portugal.
Fit for a fairytale
There are thousands of years of history etched into the grand castles and beautiful palaces found across the region of Porto and the North. In the Douro Valley, the quintas and vineyards can double up as ceremony locations, with the winding river and towering trees offering a stunning backdrop.
The Douro Valley has a huge portfolio of spa hotels
Clouds sometimes hang low over the hills here, making it look as if the scene has been plucked straight from a fairytale. The Douro Valley has a huge portfolio of spa hotels, which are ideal for some relaxation before or after the big day – so the couple can feel like royalty.
Glitz and glamour
If a destination wedding conjures up images of beaches, ocean backdrops and luxury hotels with some glitz and glamour, then Cascais might be the perfect place to say “I do”. The coastal town, just 20 minutes from Lisbon, is well set up for couples who want to get married here.
They can opt for a lavish hotel by the sea, or one of the historic buildings in the Sintra hills, with sweeping views of the region. In the summer, that special day will feel even more exotic with the warm weather and longer days.
Celebrate in the country
Deep in the Alentejo countryside, where villages are dotted among rolling hills blanketed by olive trees, couples will find some of Portugal’s most idyllic wedding spots. Whether it’s a large ceremony in a magnificent church or monastery, or a smaller event in a quaint farmhouse or vineyard, Alentejo is ideal for those who would like to tie the knot in peaceful surroundings.
Villages are dotted among rolling hills blanketed by olive trees
Weddings here are done at a slower pace, where couples can enjoy being close to nature. And when the sun goes down, the night sky twinkles with thousands of stars. It’s an incredible place to observe the night sky, and it’s not uncommon to see shooting stars.
Three of the best romantic experiences in Portugal
1. Watch the sunrise from a hot-air balloon: Alentejo’s lush countryside can really be appreciated from above, and it’s hard to think of anything more romantic than a hot-air balloon ride. Floating over Lake Alqueva, couples can watch the first rays of the day glimmer on the water.
2. Stroll down the promenade in Foz: This picturesque neighbourhood in Porto is ideal for a romantic walk along the Douro River. For a beautiful photo backdrop, head to the pergola and enjoy the views at golden hour before heading to one of the nearby bars or restaurants.
3. Embark on a sunset cruise: Time seems to slow down on the water, and a romantic cruise from Cascais will be a great opportunity for newlyweds to take it all in and enjoy their time before or after the ceremony.
Amour Global, a destination wedding trade fair, takes place in Cascais on October 19-22. For more information, visit amourforums.com
PICTURES: Visit Portugal; Turismo de Cascais/Goncalo M. Catarino