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Marbella wedding: Costa del Sol town named best European destination

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A Marbella wedding: Get married in a coastal paradise

A Marbella wedding has always been highly sought after by loved up couples all over the globe looking to say “I do” to the partner of their dreams in a coastal paradise. Now, that coastal paradise just became even more desired among soon-to-be husbands and wives after Marbella was named the best place to visit in Europe by a prestigious online travel website.

The Costa del Sol resort finished at the top of a poll conducted by the European Best Destinations website, picking up 149,192 votes from the portal’s thousands of readers. It’s the highest vote for any location since the website started the annual survey in 2009. A total of 84% of people who chose Marbella as the best European destination were voters from outside Spain, with the town finishing at the top of the list for UK and American visitors. As it happens, Sunshine Weddings Spain receives a great deal of interest each year from couples from both of these parts of the world hoping to recite their vows to their loved ones along the sunny shores of southern Spain, and Marbella is often their first choice, and how can it not be?

The destination has it all, from crystal clear waters, golden sand, panoramic sea and mountain views, rolling hills to rustic fincas, extraordinary gastronomy and wonderful all year round climate, it’s why we continue to arrange the perfect dreamy weddings for couples in Marbella.

In the poll, Marbella even finished above the likes of Monaco and Malta, which came second and third, in a short-list of 20 European locations that included Geneva, Batumi, Georgia, Madeira, Florence, and London. The final list was cut down from 500 destinations with more than a million votes cast from 172 countries.

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A destination wedding in Marbella is sought after by couples around the world

European Best Destinations highlights Marbella’s varied gastronomy and labels it as one of the best destinations for gourmets in the world. It particularly mentions the town’s three Michelin-starred restaurants, plus hundreds of smaller eateries dishing up everything from Mediterranean and Thai to paella and succulent local tapas. This luscious food part of Marbella’s allure constantly amazes guests of weddings we facilitate, amazed by the fresh taste of the nearby sea and mountains, food always plays a huge role in the success of an event, and in Marbella you have the creme dela creme.

European Best Destinations CEO Maximilien Lejeune spoke extremely highly of Marbella and praised it for the “unique cultural, event, sensory and gastronomic offer” it presents to anyone who sets foot there. “It’s a destination where you can enjoy experiences like nowhere else as Marbella is one of Europe’s strongest tourism brands,” Lejeune said. “It is a leader in tourism excellence in Europe – sunny, five stars, natural, sporty, and gastronomic with everything to please the most demanding travellers.” Lejeune was impressed by Marbella’s ability to please “all travellers, from three to 103 years old, from sports and shopping lovers to gourmets”.

Keep this in mind, if you’re planning a destination wedding, and there’s a varied age range among your guests. Like we said before, Marbella has it all and on top of celebrating your perfect wedding day, there’s a whole world of things to do from shopping, dining, hitting the many lush greens of the town’s many exclusive golf clubs, hiking and getting that perfect tan on one of Marbella’s many picturesque beaches.

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Wedding venues in Marbella boast mountain and sea views

 Marbella wedding: Best way to get there from Malaga

Another drawcard of Marbella is how accessible it is to Malaga, most likely where your wedding guests would be arriving from if they’re flying in. Private vehicles can be booked to Marbella for just a 30 minute drive from Malaga Airport, whilst buses also run frequently throughout the day. And it’s about to get even easier in the future with government officials planning an extension of the suburban train that runs along the Costa del Sol to include a stop in Marbella.

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You can find some charming wedding venues in Marbella

Top wedding venues in Marbella

The charming countryside and idyllic white washed villages beyond the town of Marbella set a beautiful scene to get married, you are spoilt for choice. From a wedding villa, to a rustic finca or a sandy beach wedding, there are no limits when it comes to finding extraordinary, exclusive and top venues in Marbella that cater for small intimate ceremonies or more on a larger scale. Villa wedding venues are a popular choice with bridal couples looking for a peaceful and private venue, and you can count on plenty of them being dotted around Marbella, on hilltops, overlooking the sea and tucked away near charming villages or beneath mountains. There are endless choices to fit all budgets, styles, and tastes.