Tying the knot in Portugal

_DSC1615 ┬ękeeshageman1000At the most Western point in Europe, Portugal is mostly a succession of golden beaches and beautiful coastline. Americans, who account for the country’s fifth largest tourist market, have increasingly made it their holiday choice.

Algarve, the southern region, known for its excellent food and friendly people, is a heaven of romantic beaches and exotic hidden corners. Here, a luxury wedding does not have to cost a fortune. Choose the natural springs spa & resort Thermal village of Caldas of Monchique,celebrate your wedding at the Quinta dos Vales winery or relax at the Health& Spa resort Vale d’Oiveiras.

For a different setting, stay at one of the more than 1000 private estate properties offered for rental … which has become quite popular in the past years.

“There are some absolutely out-of-this world properties!”, says enthusiastically Isabel Morelli, Director of Marks & Morelli Property Mangement, “The trend is for couples and their immediate families to stay at a private villa for the week of the wedding, in a comfortable, ‘at home’ environment and total privacy which is quite appealing and reassuring during this important time in their lives.” Quinta Azul is one of these Mediterranean-style country homes, near the quaint village of Carvoeiro.

The choice of wedding planners and directories is outstanding. You can have your vows exchanged in ancient tolling-bells chapels, champagne cruises, wine tasting tours … start planning your Portuguese wedding now!

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