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Located within the tranquil expanse of the Natural Park of the Maro-Cerro Gordo Cliffs, lies a charming haven for couples seeking a unique and picturesque setting for their wedding day. Welcome to a captivating bridal venue, that once served as an oil mill and miller’s residence, overflowing with history and charm that dates back to the early 20th century.

Under the shade of overhanging trees, a garden ceremony is complemented by simple baby's breath bouquets.
Under the shade of overhanging trees, a garden ceremony is complemented by simple baby’s breath bouquets.

As you step into the grounds of this rural estate, you’re welcomed by stunning views of Maro and Nerja, providing a picturesque backdrop for your wedding celebration. The conversion of this historic site into a beautiful rustic villa has added a touch of elegance and tranquillity, making it an ideal setting for creating unforgettable memories.

Spanning over 5,000 square metres, the villa offers an array of meticulously curated spaces to host every aspect of your wedding day. Begin your journey down the aisle in the Andalusian courtyard, framed by imposing original wooden doors that whisper tales of bygone eras. There, surrounded by a burst of blooms and rustic charm, you exchange vows in a nature-filled setting.

Following the ceremony, guests are invited to partake in a delightful cocktail reception set against the backdrop of native vegetation, where elms, beech trees, pines, olive trees, and palm groves intermingle to create a lush oasis of serenity. As the sun sets, transition seamlessly to the banquet area, where an open bar awaits to toast to your newfound union beneath the canopy of a starlit sky.

For those who wish to extend their stay, the rustic villa offers accommodation for up to 10 guests, blending modern comforts with traditional Andalusian style. Each of the five double rooms exudes its own unique charm, providing a serene retreat for relaxation and rejuvenation after the festivities draw to a close.

Set within the Protected Natural Area of the Maro-Cerro Gordo Cliffs, this wedding villa offers a harmonious blend of natural beauty and historic charm. From the expansive views of the sea and the historic ruins of the sugar factory to the carefully crafted terraced gardens, every aspect of this villa emphasises the role nature has played in its history and current preservation.

Among the many highlights of this venue is an area called ‘El Bosque,’ (The Woods) which can be transferred into an idyllic setting for ceremonies or cocktails nestled amidst the verdant foliage, and ‘El Pasillo de Chopos,’ (The Popular hall) – a whimsical hall adorned with twinkling LED lights, offering endless possibilities for creating beautiful moments.

In every aspect, this bridal venue captures the essence of romance, elegance, and timeless charm, offering couples the opportunity to exchange vows in a setting that is as unique and unforgettable as their love story.

An outdoor chuppah ceremony area featuring a simple aisle strewn with rose petals.
An outdoor chuppah ceremony area featuring a simple aisle strewn with rose petals.

Picture Your Wedding Day at This Rustic Villa

As you wake up on the morning of your wedding day, the air is filled with excitement and anticipation. You find yourself in the comforting surroundings of this restored Molinero (miller’s house), surrounded by the familiar faces of your closest friends and family. It’s a moment of calm before the whirlwind of the day ahead, a chance to savour the quiet moments before the festivities begin.

Stepping out into the balmy morning air, you’re greeted by the tranquillity of the estate. The sun casts a golden glow over the lush vegetation, promising a day filled with warmth and joy. With your closest friends and family by your side, you begin to prepare for the moments that lie ahead.

As guests start to arrive, the villa’s grounds come to life with the buzz of excitement as loved ones gather in the enchanting Andalusian courtyard, where grand wooden doors stand as a testament to the villa’s rich history.

Rustic villa wedding Venue near Spain's Nerja.
Rustic villa wedding Venue near Spain’s Nerja.

The Ceremony – In a Spanish-style courtyard

As you exchange vows, sunlight bathes the courtyard in a golden hue. An English-speaking celebrant guides the ceremony, weaving personalised touches into the moment. Meanwhile, your chosen wedding photographer captures every tear, smile, and, or course, your long-anticipated first kiss. Amidst applause, you move to the expansive cocktail reception area, surrounded by native flora, where you toast to the future against the backdrop of the Costa del Sol’s natural beauty.

The Wedding Breakfast – Al Fresco Evening Feasting

After the ceremony, the celebration smoothly transitions to the spacious area where your wedding breakfast awaits. Amid laughter and conversation, you and your guests indulge in a banquet highlighting the region’s finest flavours. Tables are adorned with fresh flowers and flickering candles which create a warm and intimate vibe. Then comes the cake cutting – a moment shared with your partner, symbolising the start of your life together. The intricately designed cake, adorned with delicate flowers, marks the beginning of the lively party that follows.

 al fresco under the canopy of overhanging trees amidst vibrant greenery.
Al fresco dining under a canopy of overhanging trees and vibrant greenery.

The Party – In The Soft Glow of Twinkling Lights

As the evening progresses, the music begins, and you step onto the dance floor for your first dance as a married couple. In the soft glow of twinkling lights under the emerging stars, the party swings into action. Set against the expansive gardens and the gentle rustle of trees, you dance the night away surrounded by those closest to you. It’s a celebration of love, friendship, and new beginnings – a day and night to be cherished forever!

Dust settles over the dining area as gentle fairy lights begin to glow.
Dust settles over the dining area as gentle fairy lights begin to glow.

More on Costa del Sol’s Maro

Maro, nestled just a stone’s throw away from the vibrant town of Nerja, offers a charming escape into the heart of Andalusia’s coastal beauty. Situated along the picturesque Costa del Sol, Maro exudes a quaint and authentic allure that beckons visitors to explore its rich history, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality.

With its whitewashed buildings cascading down the hillsides, Maro retains the timeless charm of a traditional Andalusian village. Narrow cobblestone streets wind their way through the town, leading to hidden plazas adorned with vibrant flowers and bustling cafes where locals gather to share stories over a cup of freshly brewed coffee.

Maro’s rich cultural heritage is evident at every turn, from the remnants of its ancient Moorish past to the ruins of its historic sugar factory, which stand as a testament to the town’s industrial roots. Wander through the winding streets, and you’ll stumble upon hidden gems such as the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, a beautiful example of Andalusian architecture dating back to the 17th century.

For nature enthusiasts, Maro offers a breathtaking array of outdoor adventures waiting to be explored. The crown jewel of Maro’s natural beauty is undoubtedly the Maro-Cerro Gordo Natural Park, home to rugged cliffs, secluded coves, and crystal-clear waters that beckon visitors to immerse themselves in the captivating Mediterranean coast.

A spacious outdoor courtyard, perfect for hosting a large wedding celebration.
A spacious outdoor courtyard, perfect for hosting a large wedding celebration.

For those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, Maro’s pristine beaches provide the perfect escape. From the secluded shores of Playa de Maro to the bustling beaches of nearby Nerja, there’s no shortage of sun-drenched spots where you can soak up the Mediterranean sun and unwind to the soothing sound of the waves.

As the sun sets over the horizon, Maro comes alive with the vibrant energy of its local culture. Sample the flavours of Andalusia at one of the town’s traditional tapas bars, where you can indulge in an array of mouthwatering dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

As the very last village in Malaga province when heading east, Maro offers a truly unforgettable experience for visitors seeking to immerse themselves in the beauty and charm of Andalusia’s coastal paradise. Whether you’re exploring the town’s historic streets, basking in the nature of its surroundings, or simply savouring the flavours of its cuisine, Maro invites you to discover the magic of this hidden gem along the Costa del Sol.

Maro’s allure extends beyond its natural beauty and rich history; it also serves as an idyllic setting for various events, including weddings. The town’s enchanting ambiance, coupled with its stunning vistas and warm Mediterranean climate, makes it a popular choice for couples seeking a romantic and unforgettable venue for their special day.

A marquee option for outdoor dining.
An elegant marquee option for outdoor dining.

Beyond the wedding celebrations, Maro offers an abundance of activities and attractions to keep guests entertained throughout their stay. From exploring the town’s historic landmarks and soaking up the sun on its pristine beaches to indulging in delicious local cuisine and experiencing the vibrant nightlife, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in this coastal retreat.

Whether you’re planning an intimate elopement or a grand celebration with family and friends, Maro provides the perfect backdrop for a truly unforgettable wedding experience. With its timeless beauty, warm hospitality, and romantic ambiance, Maro is the ideal destination to begin your journey together as a couple. In addition to its appeal as a wedding destination, Maro also attracts visitors from around the world who are drawn to its laid-back atmosphere, stunning scenery, and wealth of outdoor activities. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a water sports enthusiast, or simply looking to relax and unwind in a serene setting, Maro offers something for everyone to enjoy.

An expansive wedding party gathers to enjoy an evening feast in the outdoor setting.
An expansive wedding party gathers to enjoy an evening feast in the outdoor setting.

Things to Do In and Around Maro‎

Near the town of Maro, adventure awaits at every turn, with a diverse range of activities to suit every taste and preference.

  1. Kayak, Paddle Surf, Step Surf, and Routes: Experience the thrill of the sea with a variety of water activities, including kayaking, paddle surfing, step surfing, and scenic routes along the coast. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping excitement or a leisurely exploration of the shoreline, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
  2. Thrilling Canyoning & Rappelling Tours: Embark on an adrenaline-fueled adventure as you navigate through rugged terrain, descending waterfalls, and traversing narrow gorges with experienced guides. These thrilling tours offer an exhilarating way to explore the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.
  3. Explore Underground Marvels (Cueva de Nerja): Embark on an exciting journey through the depths of the earth and discover the Caves of Nerja. This underground gem offers a fascinating glimpse into the region’s geological heritage. Marvel at stunning rock formations and discover ancient history hidden within these chambers. As you traverse its passages, be awed by the intricate beauty of stalactites and stalagmites, formed over millennia. Explore the history, art, and traditions of the region, gaining a deeper understanding of its unique identity and heritage.
  4. Off-Road Expeditions: Venture off the beaten path with off-road expeditions that take you through challenging terrain to uncover hidden gems inaccessible by conventional means. Whether you’re exploring rugged mountains or remote valleys, these expeditions promise an unforgettable journey into the wilderness.
  5. Discover Nerja: Nerja town is dotted with historic landmarks worth exploring. Start with the Balcony of Europe, offering panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Visit the Church of El Salvador, known for its 17th-century architecture. Wander through the Old Town Quarter’s narrow streets, admiring traditional Andalusian houses. See the Aqueduct of Eagle, a Roman relic from the 1st century AD. Explore the Nerja Museum for insights into the town’s history. Climb up to San Miguel Castle for views of Nerja. Relax in Plaza de España, the main square. End your tour at Iglesia de las Maravillas, a charming church in the historic center.
  6. Explore Underwater Realms: Scuba dive beneath the waves and explore the vibrant underwater world of the Mediterranean Sea. Discover colourful coral reefs, encounter fascinating marine life, and explore hidden caves and shipwrecks,making for an unforgettable diving experience.
  7. Serene Riverside Retreat (Rio Chillar): Escape the summer heat with a tranquil hike along the Rio Chillar, where crystal-clear waters and lush greenery offer a refreshing oasis. Whether you’re seeking solitude in nature or a leisurely stroll with loved ones, the Rio Chillar promises a serene retreat amid the beauty of the Andalusian countryside.
The wedding party gets ready to celebrate under string lights, with the night sky above.
The wedding party gets ready to celebrate under string lights, with the night sky above.