With elopements trending, more couples are seeking out adventurous destination wedding locations to combine with their honeymoon holiday. Southern Spain boasts 320 days of sunshine a year, is easy to get to and is rich in wild and wonderful ceremony locations. So jump on quickly for our top tips for eloping to Spain!
Eloping to Spain is easy
So many couples have already contracted their legal marriage through necessity – an unromantic 40 words plus their names, witnessed signatures in the register and job done.
Now they just want to escape, to feel themselves relax with the hot sun on their skin and the smell of the sea air on the warm Spanish breeze.
Three airports will get you quickly and easily to the south coast of Spain
- Malaga International airport is the biggest and best known slap bang in the middle of the Costa del Sol with mile upon mile of sandy beaches and every kind of entertainment you can think of – perfect for an action packed wedding-moon.
- Granada airport is a short taxi ride from the historic city and the romantic Alhambra Palace.
The Sierra Nevada (with the longest ski season in Europe) is a stunning backdrop to the city and the glorious Costa Tropical is only an hour away – you really can ski in the morning and sunbathe in the afternoon!
- Gibraltar is right on the border with southern Spain with the benefit of unmarried couples eloping to Spain being able to easily contract their marriage in the Gibraltar register office. More info here
Romantic Spanish castles
Just about every town in southern Spain boasts some kind of castle! It really is possible to sneak a quiet corner to hold a pop-up ceremony or why not ask to hire the whole castle for an hour. Centuries of history oozing from every stone and rampart as you say your vows where hundreds of lovers have stood before you.
White town love
Opt for an urban white washed wedding! Spain is famous for its dazzling white pueblos and cobbled streets. Even the biggest city has an old quarter where you can reach out and touch the ancient houses on each side. Perfect for seeking out secret elopement ceremony spaces!
Beach side wedding ceremony
Small secluded bays reached only by boat, vast sandy beaches fringed by palm trees, beautiful beach bar chiringuitos or state of the art gastro bars, Spain’s coast offers every eloper’s dream beach location.
Wild Moorish watchtower wedding
With Africa visible from much of the southern coast of Spain there is a huge Moorish influence in the architecture. For an adventurous elopement you can step out onto one of the wild cliff tops with the Mediterranean stretching out before you and say your vows in the shadow of a Moorish watchtower at sunset.
Finally, ask your wedding planner to style your wild location with chillout furniture, just like the celebrity styled elopements you see in the magazines. Make eloping to Spain your turn to shine in the spotlight.
Author bio: Debbie Skyrme is Celebrant Spain. Award winning bilingual officiant of elopement, vow renewal and wedding ceremonies in the Spanish sunshine.
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