Today we are taking a closer look at three very beautiful wedding venues in Portugal. Portugal has long been a popular choice for destination weddings especially for European couples- but like everywhere else, the language barrier and lack of local knowledge can often cause such a headache when trying to find the right suppliers, not least the venue of your dreams. We know how difficult it can be and on our mission to help make the whole planning project easier, we are going on the venue hunt for you.  But first a little background. When searching for venues in Portugal you will often come up across “Pousada de Portugal”. Pousada de Portugal is a chain of luxury hotels that were formally owned by the Portuguese State. The Pousadas were first inaugurated in the 1940’s as hotels that were authentically Portuguese and had that rustic feel to them. Regional Pousadas typically have smaller room capacity and originally served as places where special attention was paid to local gastronomy. In the 50’s,  many historical castles and monasteries were transformed into these boutique hotels and they really have served greatly in the protection of Portuguese heritage. But even better, it means there are plenty of venues in Portugal where you celebrate your wedding and both enjoy the historical beauty of the building and modern comforts in life.

Pousada de Faro, Palácio de Estoi

When most people think of Portugal, they think immediately of the Algarve and its sandy white beaches and world renowned golf courses, so we felt it was as good an area as any to start our search. We were so happy when we came across “The Pousada de Faro” partly because it was known in another life as the famous Palace of Estoi and mainly because this breathtaking venue more than hints at the neo baroque style of its time. The walls of Pousada de Faro are decorated from top to bottom in Portuguese tiles and the gardens are simply stunning. And what about luxury I hear you say? How about saunas and turkish baths? Enough said. This Pousada has 63 suites in total so there is plenty of room for your guests.

Wedding Venues in Portugal

Wedding Venues in Portugal

Pousada de Alvito, Castelo de Alvito

Smaller in room size than Pousada de Faro, this charming 15th century castle has so much history behind it with first references associated with its area dating back to 1255. It was taken over by the chain and restored in 1993 but is still reminiscent of  its manueline architecture and enjoys many of its original features. Located in the easterly Province of Alentejo with the nearest town being Neja, Pousada de Alvito has 19 rooms for guests and a beautiful courtyard perfect for your ceremony.

Wedding Venues in Portugal

Pousada do Gerês – Caniçada, São Bento

Last on our list today, Pousada do Gerês is set in one unique location – high up in the heart of Gerês National Park looking down on the most perfect view you have ever seen, river Cávado and Caniçada dam. Your wedding guests will definitely appreciate dining out on the terrace in the evening watching the sunset, but there are plenty of local activities to keep them entertained if they somehow manage to tire of the view! There are 37 rooms available which is good as it is quite remote but if it’s a relaxed, intimate and peaceful atmosphere you are going for, you’re not going to get much better than this.

Wedding Venues in Portugal

Wedding Venues in Portugal

Wedding Venues in Portugal

We have also been lucky enough to feature a real wedding in the stunning Pousadas des Amares and Pousada D. João IV so be sure to check them out if you have a chance. We will be back tomorrow with our usual FAB 5. Have a great day lovelies x

3 Responses

  1. Thiago Silva

    we need to schedule a site visit for December 21 or 22 for a wedding. The wedding will take place in september of 2015 for 60-70 people.
    Ideally, somewhere in or near Lisboa. No hotels. We want either a castle-like space, or beach venu. Please advise as to what is the best way to schedule a visit
    We also would like to se price for comparison before our visit.

    Thanks

    Thiago and Michal

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