Where to marry - Portugal: A country of history, beauty and culture

Choosing where to get married can be almost impossible if you're undecided about what would make your ideal wedding day. The myriad choice of countries, beautiful locations and stunning venues can leave even the most dedicated couple confused as to what would work best for them. After all, you don't want the “wrong” choice for the “best day of your lives”.

For couples wishing to marry in Europe consider Portugal for your wedding day – it boasts  many stunning palaces and historical venues, a multitude of national parks filled with the joys of nature, world renowned gastronomy, and beautifully deserted beaches.

The north of the country, around the pretty town of Porto, famous for its fortified wine, possesses rolling countryside covered in vines, ancient manor houses and pousadas, miles of unspoilt coastline, and not forgetting the Douro Valley, a UNESCO world heritage site.

When deciding on the perfect location to marry you may wish to take a cruise down the Douro river, its path carved out of the cliffs of the local landscape, and take in the scenery. You could consider marrying in one of the many palaces available to hire in this area - with their intricate architecture and opulent interiors they make gorgeous venues in which to exchange your vows. Consider marrying in the spring when the weather has improved but the poppies, almond and cherry tree blossom is out – perfect to frame your wedding pictures.

Alternatively, the central area of Portugal may be ideal for you if you're a fan of nature and wish your wedding to incorporate a similar theme. This area has diverse landscapes, from towering mountains to never-ending plains dotted with multicoloured flowers, and endless sandy beaches. Several rivers flow through the region, carving their way through the countryside to the sea and creating tumbling waterfalls and clear lakes in their wake.

Pretty ancient villages dot the area, all witnesses to the battles and love stories of times gone by, and invoking images of knights and princesses. Choose one of the local castles or converted monasteries to create a modern dream wedding with strong links to the past.

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