Top reasons to get married in the Algarve

There are so many good reasons to get married in the Algarve that the most difficult is to start enumerating them!

The Algarve is best known for its amazing sandy beaches, superb gastronomy, competitive prices and lovely welcoming people, not to mention the glorious sunny weather. And this is why the Algarve has become year after year one of the most desirable destinations in Europe for a dream wedding abroad.

In fact, there are so many good reasons to get married in the Algarve that the most difficult is to start enumerating them… From surprising your loved one with the request, to enjoying your honeymoon, here you can find the perfect scenery for each moment of one of the most important moments of your life.

Here is our list of the most significant reasons for saying “I do” in the Algarve.

The weather

It is said that the Algarve has 300 hours of sunshine per year, which means that there is an approximately 80 percent chances of your wedding taking place on a beautiful sunny day. Of course, that is not guaranteed, but there are very good odds this really does happen.

Photo by Algarve Dream Weddings

Love is all around you

In the Algarve you can find endless romantic places for any type of ceremony you desire. Whether it is a sandy beach, a cliff top with the ocean as background, a more bucolic countryside atmosphere, an antique palace or a quite light house, in the Algarve you can choose wonderful settings that will also be great photo shots for memories that you will treasure forever.

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Wedding by Algarve Dream Weddings | Photo by Vitor Pina

Good value for money

There is always a venue to suit your taste and budget. Getting married in the Algarve is not going to exceed your budget, on the contrary. You will be able to have the best of both worlds: not spending a lot and live a dream experience in a unique, safe and unforgettable destination for yourself and your guests. We do recommend that you do a research and find a wedding planner that you feel is reliable. It will certainly show you the best solutions for your wedding – and do not worry – there are currently very good wedding planners in the Algarve. Here you can find some

Photo by Glamour Algarve Weddings

Fabulous hotels and resorts

The hotels and resorts are one of the trendiest venues in the Algarve due to their unique locations and the high international quality standards of services provided. With seafront locations, quite and exquisite country side atmospheres or even historical palaces with beautiful architectural details, all of them provide stunning outdoor and indoor settings for your ceremony and wedding reception. Whether you are planning a traditional wedding with a church ceremony or a more relaxed and informal occasion you will find your perfect wedding venue in the Algarve. The Algarve can also be ideal for your renewal of vows or honeymoon paradise. Remember here you can find excellent food, security, beautiful romantic and intimate retreats.

Bela Vista Hotel & Spa Portimão 

Easy access to the Algarve

There are flights from just about every major city in Europe to the Faro airport, with a flight time of under 3 hours from most of them. Many low cost airlines are flying into the Algarve so finding a suitable flight will not be an issue for your wedding abroad. And then from Faro to your chosen place, there are also many solutions from taxis, bus services, shuttles and other organized transports.

Faro airport
Faro Airport

Saying I do

Recently, many of the more formal traditions are being replaced by celebrations that are more a reflection of the couple’s own personal style and beliefs. The Algarve is a welcoming and tolerant region and since June 2010 it is possible for same sex couples to have legally binding ceremonies in Portugal. You can opt for a symbolic ceremony, civil or religious ceremony. The choice is yours! You can check here some of the legal requirements to get married in Portugal

Sonho a dois wedding planner
Sonho a Dois – photo by Hélio Justino

Everything that you need

A good wedding planner will indeed help you to have a stress free perfect wedding day and will ensure that you will have everything at your disposal: the venue of your dreams, wedding photography and video, wedding cake, makeup and hair stylists, entertainment, wedding transportation, wedding dress, flowers, just to name a few of the requirements for the day. And again, to not worry: the Algarve is full of good professionals in all these areas. If you are looking for an original wedding transportation and wish to escape from the traditional classic cars this might be a great suggestion The Algarve can also be a great option for Hen and Stag parties.

Wedding with a sidecar
Photo by Bike my Side 

Thank you My Guide Algarve and Sonho a Dois Wedding Planners for some inspiring ideas to write this post.

Cover photo by Algarve Dream Weddings
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Photo by Algarve Wedding Team