Finding a beautiful venue is probably the most important step when planning your wedding, and choosing the perfect place can be so exciting! You want it to be the perfect backdrop to your wedding photos but also hold a special place in your heart as you recall the ceremony, the reception, and of course, the shared love of your special day. It should be poetic but also practical, for everyone to be able to enjoy such a special day!
So, while you might be looking close to home right now, there’s plenty of options if you’re brave enough to venture abroad. And what better place to look for a boutique wedding than in the charm, history, and natural beauty of Portugal.
Among the best things about Lisbon’s wedding venues is the sheer variety and diversity of locations on offer. From city centre palaces through country estates and vineyards to endless white beaches along the Atlantic, the Portuguese capital has something to suit everyone.
So, to help you find the perfect location for your Lisbon wedding, and to make it an event that everyone will remember, we’ve selected some of our favourite venues in and around the city. Read on to discover more!
Where to Get Married in Portugal - Central Lisbon Wedding Venues
Otherwise known as the Lisbon Secret Spot, Montes Claros is a unique Lisbon wedding venue that’s hidden away. Offering a choice of different rooms to hold your reception, including The Lake Room and the panoramic terrace of the Maria Keil Room, it’s got all the privacy you need—and all the charm and elegance you could wish for.
Built in the 50’s by the Architect Francisco Keil do Amara, a contemporary renovation means luxury and comfort are complemented by fantastic views across Monsanto Forest Park and the city. There’s also the option for outdoor events with the lake as a backdrop, so you can make the most of the long Lisbon summers!
Marques Fronteira Palace
If you’ve fallen in love with Portuguese tiles (Azulejos) as well as Portugal itself, the Marquês da Fronteira Palace could well be your dream wedding venue. Magnificent and sophisticated, the palace takes us back in time to a fairy tale dream.
Beautifully tiled places to relax, immaculate fountains, and perfectly manicured hedges create a space that’s unlike any other. Everywhere you turn there’s something eye catching to look at.
Once you’ve walked up the azulejo-lined aisle and exchanged your vows, you can enjoy a wedding breakfast surrounded by lush tropical plants, illuminated sculptures and ornate fountains.
While Marquês da Fronteira Palace feels like a world away from the busy city, it’s actually just a short drive from the centre of Lisbon. This makes it the perfect choice for couples who want the magic of a country palace in the heart of the Portuguese capital.
Where to Get Married in Portugal – Countryside Wedding Venues
Hotel Casa Palmela
Across the Tejo river in Setúbal, just a short drive out of Lisbon, Hotel Casa Palmela sits quietly within the Parque Natural da Arrábida and just a few kilometres from the coast. The 17th century manor house is surrounded by 50 acres of Moscatel and Syrah grape vineyards, so you know that the wine will be flowing at the reception, while a secret white sand beach just a short drive away is ideal for your ceremony.
5-star luxury awaits you and your guests, and the hotel prides itself on a welcoming family atmosphere to make your wedding both intimate and memorable. Also, the location within this national park puts you right in the heart of nature, allowing the entire wedding party to explore this 170-acre Portuguese wedding venue and the surrounding area through a range of unique experiences—from horse riding through classic car touring to a spectacular trip across Lisbon and Setúbal in a helicopter.
If you’re looking for the most romantic place to get married in Portugal, Monserrate Palace would be a hot contender. A fusion of Indian, Moorish and Gothic influences, the 19th century building is located in Sintra, one of the most beautiful and unique corners of Portugal.
So evocative it inspired Lord Byron, the most romantic of the Romantic Poets, this truly unique palace is a fantastic setting for your big day. Enjoy your ceremony in the atmospheric ruins of the palace’s chapel or get married in the ornate music room. Your guests will love exploring the venue’s hidden corners and your photographer is guaranteed to be inspired by the stunning views and picturesque locations on offer.
Algolada de Cima
Set in the heart of Ribatejo, Agolada de Cima is a beautiful rural estate within easy reach of the city, at around 45 minutes distance driving.. The house has a strong character from the typical Portuguese trades of the 1890’s. Additionally, the relaxing surrounding forest offers the perfect playground for children and guests who want to explore and immerse in nature.
Agolada de Cima is the ideal location for couples that want to turn their wedding into a weekend event. The house can host over 20 people sleeping and over 200 people attending an event. With an exterior structure built in 2002, it hosts events throughout all year, whatever the weather my be.
Where to Get Married in Portugal – Portugal Wedding Venues on the Coast
Fonte da Cruz
If it’s a beachside wedding you’ve been dreaming of, Forte da Cruz is a fantastic option. Located in the picturesque town of Estoril, just a few miles from the heart of Lisbon, Forte da Cruz is set right on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
If you decide to get married here, you can hold your ceremony in front of the crashing waves and enjoy uninterrupted views of the sea with your wedding breakfast. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even kick start married life with an early morning swim.
Arriba by the Sea
As you travel from Lisbon towards the Atlantic Ocean, the beaches become wilder, more dramatic and, arguably, more romantic. Arriba by the Sea is located close to Guincho Beach, one of the most famous stretches of sand on the Lisbon Coast. Exposed to the winds and waves of the Atlantic, it makes for a spectacular wedding venue in Portugal.
Arriba by the Sea has both indoor and outdoor spaces for ceremonies and receptions. Both come with panoramic views of the ocean, ensuring you’re able to make the most of the location whatever the weather.
Here at Vows, we know exactly how important your wedding is to you, and making it truly unique and memorable is what we do best. If you’re looking for a wedding planner in Portugal that can curate and create the perfect boutique event tailored to your dreams, then contact us today. We’ll be happy to talk about your plans and inspiration against the backdrop of Portugal’s stunning natural beauty.