To marry in southern Spain means to tie your nuptial knot surrounded by centuries of history, exotic locations and perfect weather.
Not only that, a destination wedding it’s a great experience to share with your loved ones as it brings bridal couples, their families and wedding guests together for several days in a beautiful location. Southern Spain itself is packed with places worth visiting, from ancient Roman ruins, glittering Mediterranean beaches to rustic tabernas, a region loaded with fun activities for all ages too.
Today we have put together a list of why we think that Southern Spain is one of the best places in the world to say “I do.”
When you decide to get married one of the most important decisions to make is to choose your wedding venue and Southern Spain is full of magical places ready to celebrate your big day.
With over 1000 Km of coastline, this is a land of long sweeps of soft, golden sand a well as hidden rocky coves. Home also to typical white washed villages, blue skies and sparkling sea.
When it comes to wedding venues, Andalucia provides a wide array of wonderful and stunning options for you to choose from.
The Costa del sol is not short of beach wedding venues, making this corner of the country the perfect location for those looking for a relaxed, fun, beach wedding. For those who prefer to wow their guests by staging the most important day of their lives in a stunning sunshine Andalucian villa, filled with Spanish charm, there are endless choices to fit all budgets, styles, and tastes.
Andalucia is famed for its beaches, sunny weather and flamenco, however, Andalucian cuisine isn’t something to be overlooked, with notable dishes including gazpacho, fried fish and fresh seafood. Additionally, Andalucian chefs are held in high regard, such as 3-star Michelin chef Dani García.
This region of Spain is also famed for its top quality and locally grown fruit and vegetables, olive oil and Jamon Serrano, a diet true “Mediterranean diet,” a diet which was recognized in 2010 by the UNESCO as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” Let’s not forget the great wines of the region as well, notably the sherry of Jerez.
Bit of trivia, did you know the oldest known cookbook of Andalusian cuisine dates from the 14th century? (Well you do now!)
Andalucía is what most people think of when they think of typical Spanish weather; hot and sunny. The region has a typically Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and mild winters. The region is considered one of the warmest regions in Spain with an average daily temperature of 24ºC, with summer highs of 36ºC, the coast being generally cooler thanks to sea breezes.
In the summer, the sun is practically a guarantee, with 12 glorious hours of sunshine during the month of July and 11 hours in June and August. The perfect weather for a dream wedding.
Andalucia is a wonderful destination for wedding guests coming over with the littluns, with something to offer for all ages and energy levels with endless museums, parks, cultural sites , adventure activities and watersports.
But best of all, Andalucia (and Spain in general) is just like one big familia. Everyone, no matter what age is welcome and at any time of the day, with most establishments accommodating the younger members of the troop. In fact it’s very normal to see young kids out for dinner or tapas with their families well past midnight. Clubbing into the wee hours with minors will, however, be pushing things a bit too much, even in the land of the fiesta. But children of all ages are very welcome in a typical Spanish wedding and usually liven up the party no-end.
Andalucia is extremely well-connected for international visitors. There are five international airports located within Andalucia which serve as the region’s gateway; Malaga, Seville, Almeria, Granada and Jerez. Additionally, there are another four airports located just outside Andalucia which also serve the over 15 million passenger arrivals a year to southern Spain; Gibraltar, Faro, Murcia, Alicante.
The Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport is by far the most important airport in Andalusia and flight costs to Andalucia are usually very reasonable also, with plenty of great deals on flights to the region from a wide-selection of UK and other international airports.
Talking off budget, weddings in Spain tend to be much cheaper than in the UK as well, with the added bonus that destination weddings can be combined with honeymoons, a time to decompress and relax under the sunshine.