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  • Olivia De Santos

4 Reasons to Elope in Portugal

Weddings can in all shapes and sizes so what if you want the smallest of all weddings possible: the elopement. The modern elopement is a far cry from the traditional star-crossed-lovers-running-away-to-marry narrative. Nowadays it’s more the opportunity to have a bespoke, beautiful, private wedding just for the two of you. But why host your elopement in Portugal? Here are my top 4 reasons for eloping in Portugal.

Photo by D Stubbs

Pick your landscape, any landscape!

Though Portugal is mostly known for its sand and sea, there is such a huge variety of landscapes in Portugal that it can cater to every traveller’s fantasy. Want vineyards and green open space? How about The Minho or Estremadura & Ribatejo. Are you into mountainous green terrains? The Sintra National Park near Lisbon or Bussaco National Park near Coimbra could be for you. Would more of a wintery scene suit you? Portugal as that too in Serra da Estrela which is the only location it snows here. Is a private beach wedding more your style? Well beyond the obvious in The Algarve, there are spots in The Alentejo, in and around Lisbon, Estremadura & Ribatejo (Leiria) and even Beira Litoral (Aveiro).

Portugal is an international hub

Okay bit of a boring reason but practicalities are important! As Europe’s westernmost point, Portugal is a window to the world and wherever you are based, it’s often no more than one flight change, if any. Yes, even from Australia, it can be a simple one flight change to reach Lisbon! So with Portugal being a fairly easy country to reach and navigate, it’s a prime a elopement location.

Photo by Marni V Photography

Talented local suppliers

I harp on about this alot but the suppliers here are fantastic and elopements are nothing without a beautiful ceremony delivered by an expert celebrant and the perfect photographer to capture the day. Though your supplier list is shorter, the quality has to be amazing to make your elopement in Portugal feel special and here, you’ll find talent in all corners of the country.

You can turn your wedding into a travel experience

I have been working on a unique destination elopement package that combines our wedding day with a travel experience of a lifetime! Elopements give you the freedom to craft something just for you. The time and flexibility you have when it’s just the two of you can extend this one day event, into a full on weddingmoon with multiple travel stops across the country.

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See you there!

Olivia x