– your ultimate guide to find a magical outdoor wedding
Andalusia, with over 3000 hours of sunshine annually, is the sun paradise in Spain. As a result it has so many best places to get married. In other words, there can hardly be a better argument for year-round outdoor weddings.
As part of our Back to Nature Camper Tour we discovered this magical piece of earth for ourselves. Consequently we can say we lost our hearts here. To sum up what defines Andalusia is the variety of different landscapes:
- miles of sandy beaches
- many national parks
- high mountains
In short, Andalusia is one of the few countries in Europe where you can have an outdoor wedding all year round. And it depends of the mild climate in this region. Simply the best place to get married.
While traveling around with the camper, we had the experience of being grounded with the magical nature around us. Above all, we often parked in the wilderness and discovered so many great places to get married. And found areas where you can celebrate a wonderful outdoor wedding. So many magical places where you as a couple can earth and, above all, relax.
Why is Andalusia one of the best places on earth to get married?
You can celebrate almost anywhere, there are countless beautiful haciendas but also farms that are rented out by private individuals as wedding locations. Therefore it doesn’t always have to be an official wedding location.
But Andalusia also has a lot to offer in culinary terms.
Starting with the delicious tapaz, to Gazpacho Andaluz, Jamon Ibérico, Carajillo, Tinto de verano and of course the Sherry. But that’s another topic 😉
Is a marriage in Andalusia legally recognized?
Again and again we are asked whether you can get married in Spain, especially in Andalusia and whether this marriage is legally recognized in Germany.
Yes, that is entirely possible, but only if at least one person who wants to get married is resident in Spain and has an NIE number (a tax identification number for foreigners). Otherwise, a civil marriage in Andalusia is not recognized in Germany.
OUR 3 ULTIMATE BEST PLACES TO GET MARRIED IN ANDALUSIA
Cabo de Gata Natural Park
The most pristine and wildest part of coast of Andalusia called Cabo de Gata in the province of Almeria should of course not be missing from our list of recommendations for best places to get married in Andalusia. All the senses are served here
- spectacular views
- the wildness of the wind
- the salt on your skin or
- the screeching of seagulls
For free spirits the perfect place to fuse with nature. It is just wonderful what this nature park has to offer. Especially the cliffs made our hearts beat faster. The romantic landscape is punctuated by small bays, whose beaches are ideal for an intimate and small outdoor wedding.
By the way the most exciting cliff formations are incidentally the “Arrecive de las Sirenas” located directly on the cape, but also the most visited. This place is rather not the best place to get married, more for an elopement, as you can see on our pictures.
However, there are many other places in Cabo de Gata where you can celebrate your special day. For instance the Villa Maltes is a wedding location that nestles wonderfully in this natural setting and is perfect for celebrating an outdoor wedding.
El Torcal de Antequera
Our second heart recommendation as one of the best places to get married in Andalusia is “El Torcal de Antequera”, a nature reserve in the province of Malaga, which comes up with absolutely unique rock formations.
Here would be a perfect place for a marriage or an elopement! However, this park is under nature protection and so you have to officially ask for a permit, even if you are only planning a very small outdoor wedding in this paradise. Oh yes we still remember very well the first sight in the sunrise light. We drove our camper up the path to the El Torcal parking lot and were overwhelmed by the reddish shimmering rocks. The morning hike left a lasting impression on us, therefore we want to present this place as one the best spots to get married for two.
You know, the millions of old limestones look like they’ve been deliberately stacked on top of each other, layer by layer . Like a little child building turrets. So far we have only seen something so unusual and at the same time unique in Turkey in Cappadocia. In between there are always beautiful gorges with gigantic high rocks – there is no shortage of breathtaking impressions here. So if you want to celebrate an outdoor wedding with more guests, this wonderful location called Cortijo Sabila is ideal in the immediate vicinity.
And for instance we’re going to this magical place for the sunset shoot – a great plan, right?
Desert El Tabernas
We love desert landscapes so much, the brownish ocher, earthy colors that know how to calm the eye and yet they are so photogenic. Definitely one of the best places to get married recommendation – especially for an outdoor wedding or an elopement. The silence of the desert is so powerful, here you really feel grounded and that feeling we would love to give you.
El Tabernas desert is located in the province of Almeria. It resembles a lunar landscape and you feel transported into the deserts of North Africa. The landscape is barren and impresses with its stunning gorges. It was formerly used as a backdrop for Western movies. “Once Upon a Time in the West” is probably the best-known western movie that was filmed here. In one of these western locations – in Fort Bravo – you can even celebrate a small outdoor wedding!
For us, a very special place that is made for free spirits and adventurers.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO HAVE AN OUTDOOR WEDDING IN ANDALUSIA?
In Andalusia, beautiful weather can be picked like ripe oranges from the sky. It is one of the sunniest regions in Spain – and in the countryside even one of the hottest. Of course the wild beaches on the Mediterranean and Atlantic are suitable for an outdoor wedding almost all year round.
The best months to get married are May, June, September and October. But also in all other months the temperatures hardly drop below 16 degrees. When the sun is shining – which it does over 300 days a year – you can celebrate an outdoor wedding also on the beach in December.
In general, July and August are not recommended for getting married on a beach in Andalusia! The two months are high season, it’s noisy and most of the magical places are crowded
If you would rather celebrate your outdoor wedding in the Tabernas desert, then the months May to October are your best choice. It is the warmest time of the year and it is almost rain-free. In the desert it hardly gets over 27 degrees, just perfect for couples who don’t like heat.
And if your heart beats for El Torcal, the desire to celebrate an outdoor wedding will be a little less possible. El Torcal is between 1100 and 1400 meters altitude and the thermometer can go towards freezing point in autumn and winter. The best months for an outdoor wedding there are June – September.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BEST PLACES TO GET MARRIED IN ANDALUSIA
Hey free spirits out there, the choice for the best places to get married in Andalusia maybe is a bit challenging – but it is so exciting! Sometimes you cannot see the wood for the trees. So we are so happy to help you to find the perfect location for your outdoor wedding in Andalusia.
We love this region of Spain in particular and could fill books with all the magical spots to get married. We saw so many awesome places when we were out in the wilderness with our camper and opened our hearts to nature.
And we would also love to give you this sensual experience of being connected with nature! We also have built up a great network with all the important wedding service providers on site, colleagues who share our vision of a relaxed outdoor wedding.
Contact us if you want to celebrate an outdoor wedding in Andalusia, we can’t wait to hear from YOU!