The Douro Valley is one of the most sought after areas in Portugal to get married. Characterised by its port wine houses, endless vineyards and famous, meandering Douro river, the Douro valley is a treasure trove of amazing wedding venues with breathtaking views and unique buildings. A lot of them are based around wine production as many Quintas create wine as a primary business and weddings are secondary. In today's blog we discuss our top 3 wedding venues in the Douro Valley.
Six Senses is an international hotel brand with 5 star luxury properties across the globe. There are just three Six Senses properties in all of Europe: The French Alps, Istanbul and The Douro Valley (lucky us!). The customer service alone here is second to none with the luxury brand name expressed in every minute detail, from valet parking to their own branded and scented antibacterial gel, no stone is left unturned here and the place is truly immaculate. For the right couple, Six Senses is the ultimate exclusive experience for you and your guests. To be able to hold your wedding here you must rent out the whole hotel for 2 nights which is not a small fee, but worth it for the full flexibility you have of the space. There are so many beautiful areas to explore and make your own. The top notch catering offered by the hotel is also a huge draw for a wedding here with excellent service to boot. We really like the Six Senses Douro Valley venue and wholeheartedly recommend them for the luxe couple!
Quinta da Pacheca
Quinta da Pacheca is an oddball in this list but one that we do enjoy. The unique blend of new and old makes this venue an anomaly in the region. It has an awesome wine cellar which has a unique ambience with its dim interior and red wine smell. The warm glow that you get walking into this space is enough to recommend it on its own. But what most love about Quinta da Pacheca is the spectacular views. Out into the garden you have a nearly boundless view across the valley, passed the Quinta's own vineyards and out to the yonder distance. It is incredibly special. If you rent out the entire hotel, you have the opportunity to host your entire wedding outdoors and have this view passed sunset and into dusk. There is also a modern-ish event room which huge glass windows so you have a constant view of the valley if you prefer to host things indoors.
Overall, if you want a new meets old wedding venue in Portugal with accommodation to boot, this could be the spot for you!
Quinta de Covela
I mentioned this in my video all about my favourite wedding venue in all of Portugal. Quinta de Covela truly enchanted me when I went to visit in high summer 2020. Its unassuming presence tucked into the crevasses of the Douro Valley makes it easily most hidden of all gems. It is perfect for a truly intimate elopement or micro wedding with a maximum number of 40 guests able to comfortably eat, drink and dance here. The views are spectacular and the untouched vineyards gives it a wild and raw quality that is hard to find in some of the overly perfected grounds of other Quintas (I would say Quinta da Pacheca and Six Senses fall into that "perfected" category too), I love the authenticity and flexibility of this small venue with so much promise and potential.
As far as Portugal wedding venues go, this is second to none for me personally. Truly a piece of wedding art for me and I can't wait to plan a destination wedding here!
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