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Why Nerja is the perfect place for a destination wedding in Spain


Nerja destination wedding: Tradition meets romance

It’s often the forgotten part of the Costa del Sol, but once visited, you’ll keep wanting to come back. The major drawcard is that it is slightly more steeped in Spanish culture and tradition than the western side of the Costa del Sol – this makes it the perfect place to get married if you’re after the perfect blend of tradition and romance.

Destination weddings have become increasingly popular in recent years, with couples seeking unique and memorable settings to exchange their vows. And when it comes to breathtaking locations, Spain tops the list for many. Within Spain, Nerja stands out as a particularly enchanting destination for weddings, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty, rich culture, and warm hospitality.

More couples choosing Spain for a destination wedding

Spain holds a special allure for couples planning their dream wedding abroad. From its vibrant culture and rich history to its stunning landscapes and world-class cuisine, Spain offers a magical backdrop for a truly unforgettable celebration of love. Moreover, the process of getting married in Spain is relatively straightforward, making it an appealing option for couples from around the world.

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The stunning La Roca Rara wedding villa in Nerja

Why Nerja is a popular option

Nestled on the scenic Costa del Sol, Nerja captivates visitors with its breathtaking beauty and old-world charm. Its picturesque beaches, dramatic cliffs, and charming old town make it an idyllic setting for weddings and a popular destination for tourists alike. Couples will find a wealth of venues to choose from, ranging from luxurious beachfront resorts to intimate historic villas. And with convenient access from nearby airports in Malaga and Granada, Nerja is easily accessible for guests traveling from afar.

Top things to do in Nerja for your wedding guests

While in Nerja, wedding guests will find no shortage of attractions to explore. They can stroll along the iconic Balcon de Europa, a promenade offering stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, or venture into the depths of the Nerja Caves, a natural wonder filled with impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike in the nearby Sierra de Almijara mountains or visit charming villages like Frigiliana. And when night falls, the town comes alive with a vibrant nightlife scene, featuring an array of bars, restaurants, and live music venues.

Frigiliana deserves a section of its own, as its one of the most popular day trips from Nerja… and you won’t be disappointed!

Exploring Frigiliana: A fascinating day trip from Nerja

Just a short drive from Nerja lies the charming village of Frigiliana, a hidden gem nestled in the hills of Andalusia. With its whitewashed buildings, cobblestone streets, and stunning views of the surrounding countryside, Frigiliana is a captivating destination well worth exploring during your visit to Nerja.

Why Frigiliana

Frigiliana’s allure lies in its timeless beauty and rich history. As you wander through its labyrinthine streets, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to a bygone era. The village’s Moorish heritage is evident in its architecture, with intricately designed doorways, colorful ceramic tiles, and flowering balconies adorning every corner. With its picturesque setting and tranquil atmosphere, Frigiliana exudes a sense of romance and nostalgia that is sure to enchant visitors of all ages.

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The stunning La Roca Rara wedding villa in Nerja

What wedding guests can do in Frigiliana

Despite its small size, Frigiliana offers a wealth of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. Here are just a few highlights:

Explore the old town

Lose yourself in the narrow streets and alleys of Frigiliana’s historic quarter, where every turn reveals a new hidden gem. Admire the traditional Andalusian architecture and soak up the village’s timeless charm as you wander at your own pace.

Visit the Church of San Antonio

Dominating Frigiliana’s skyline is the Church of San Antonio, a beautiful whitewashed church dating back to the 17th century. Step inside to marvel at its ornate interior and exquisite altarpieces, or simply admire its stunning facade from the outside.

Discover local artisans

Frigiliana is home to a thriving community of artisans and craftspeople, producing everything from handmade ceramics and textiles to traditional Moorish pottery. Take a stroll through the village’s artisanal workshops and boutiques to find unique souvenirs and gifts to take home.

Sample local cuisine

No visit to Frigiliana would be complete without indulging in its delicious gastronomy. Stop by one of the village’s charming restaurants or tapas bars to savor traditional Andalusian dishes like migas, gazpacho, and fried fish, paired with a glass of local wine or sangria.

Hike the Rio Higueron Trail

For outdoor enthusiasts, Frigiliana offers plenty of opportunities for hiking and exploring the surrounding countryside. One popular route is the Rio Higueron Trail, a scenic path that winds through lush olive groves, towering cliffs, and sparkling waterfalls, offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea below.

The stunning La Roca Rara wedding villa in Nerja


So… going back to Nerja… it’s fiery food and culture scene is another reason why so many couples want to get married there, and it’s a quick and easy way to getting hooked onto Spain.

Nerja destination wedding: Food and culture scene

No visit to Nerja would be complete without indulging in its exquisite culinary offerings. From traditional Andalusian dishes like paella and gazpacho to fresh seafood caught daily from the Mediterranean Sea, Nerja tantalizes the taste buds with its delectable cuisine. Visitors can sample local specialties at the town’s bustling markets, where vendors offer an array of artisanal cheeses, olives, and wines. And throughout the year, Nerja hosts cultural events and festivals that showcase its rich heritage, providing guests with a true taste of Spanish culture.

Sunny climate

One of the many appeals of Nerja as a wedding destination is its mild Mediterranean climate. With hot summers and mild winters, Nerja enjoys pleasant weather year-round, making it an ideal choice for couples seeking an outdoor wedding. Whether exchanging vows on a sun-drenched beach or dancing under the stars in a historic villa, couples can rest assured that the weather in Nerja will be nothing short of perfect for their special day.

The stunning La Roca Rara wedding villa in Nerja

Nerja’s stunning beaches

Last but certainly not least, Nerja’s stunning beaches are among its most captivating features. From the popular shores of Burriana Beach to the secluded coves of Playa de Maro, Nerja boasts some of the most pristine beaches on the Costa del Sol. With crystal-clear waters, soft golden sand, and breathtaking coastal scenery, Nerja’s beaches provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding ceremony or a relaxing day in the sun.

Nerja, Spain, offers everything couples could dream of for their destination wedding and more. With its natural beauty, rich culture, delicious cuisine, and perfect climate, Nerja provides an unforgettable setting for a celebration of love. So why not make your special day truly extraordinary by saying “I do” in this enchanting Mediterranean paradise?

Don’t miss our wedding giveaway

Are you ready to turn your destination wedding dreams into a reality? Sunshine Weddings Spain is inviting you to participate in our extraordinary wedding competition. Following the tremendous success of our 20th-anniversary celebration, we are thrilled to extend this opportunity into 2024. Get ready for a chance to win an unforgettable wedding or renewal of vows at the breathtaking Finca Son Mir wedding venue in Mallorca!

About the competition

On the auspicious occasion of our 20th anniversary, alongside the esteemed Marbella City Council mayor’s office, Sunshine Wedding Spain embarked on a journey to make dreams come true. And now, we’re back to create magic once again, this time in the stunning landscapes of Mallorca! Join us as we continue our tradition of spreading love and joy through our exclusive wedding giveaway.

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One of our weddings at the Finca Son Mir wedding venue in Mallorca

Prize details

Imagine exchanging vows amidst the charm and tranquility of Finca Son Mir, surrounded by lush gardens and historic elegance. Here’s what the lucky winners will receive:

  • Sunshine Weddings complimentary planning service and coordination for the wedding day
  • Complimentary venue rental at Finca Son Mir
  • 1 Bridal bedroom accommodation at Finca Son Mir
  • Welcome drink: 30 minutes of refreshment drinks featuring homemade lemonade
  • Ceremony setup including complimentary ceremony chairs and styling by Joanna Walton Flowers
  • An English-speaking celebrant, Toni Pons, to conduct a symbolic wedding blessing
  • Fosh Catering to provide a 60-minute drinks reception after the ceremony, featuring unlimited beverages and delightful canapés
  • A sumptuous 3-course BBQ-style meal with a 3-hour service, accompanied by unlimited drinks
  • Photography and videography coverage by Epic Films to capture every precious moment

For over twenty years we at Sunshine Weddings Spain have specialised in finding your perfect wedding venue, alongside planning every last detail of our couples’ special day. As you can see, we are spoiled for choice in Spain, with the vast array of wedding venues, and the range of traditional ones such as fincas, haciendas and villas. Our dedicated planners are always on-hand to guide, advise, support and help you make the most important day of their life truly unforgettable.

‘Why do I need a wedding planner?’ is a question we get asked a lot. Why, when we all have online access to suppliers and venues worldwide, is a wedding planner so important? Take a look at our short Q&A and discover the advantages of having one of our team assist you with your destination wedding in locations including Malaga and Mallorca.