Honeymoons in Portugal
If you're looking for a honeymoon location from which you can visit plenty of sights whilst soaking up the sun and cultural atmosphere then Portugal might be the perfect honeymoon location for you. Not much bigger than Scotland there's gorgeous beaches in the south, rugged mountains and waterfalls in the centre and green fertile mountains covered with trees and vines in the north so whatever you fancy doing, it's never far away.
When in Portugal, put on some comfy shoes and walk your way round the fascinating castles and palaces to be found in most of the larger cities. With regular flights from South Africa, you could be exploring the Castelo de Sao Jorge, which looms over Lisbon, in just over 19 hours. Sightseeing in Portugal includes unlimited historical structures such as the Belem tower built back in the early 1500's which is constructed in a Portuguese Gothic style. The north is full of wonderful mountains in which to hike and it also has some of the best spa resorts in which to rest those weary muscles. Why not visit a winery and sample some fabulous local wines or time your visit to coincide with the traditional annual grape festival held in Logrono around September time. However you spend your honeymoon in Portugal you'll have an unforgettable time.
If you're dreaming of sun, sea and sand for your honeymoon then you might want to consider Portugal. Sharing the Iberian Peninsula with Spain, this country boasts some gorgeous beaches along the Algarve with plenty of places to visit and activities to do. Why not hire a villa or stay in a hotel resort to experience what Portugal has to offer.
From the gorgeous beaches of the south to the picturesque wine region of the north, Portugal offers the newly married couple plenty to do and see. With regular flights from Canada, you could be exploring this fabulous country in a little over 10 hours. If you enjoy water sports then Praia do Tonel close to Sagres is well known for surfing and parasailing. If you're looking for romantic seclusion then Praia Figueiras is the beach to go. There's no facilities and it's a 15 minute walk but well worth the trek. If you find yourself near Coimbra then the Conimbriga Ruins are a must visit site. It's like stepping back in time and gives an amazing insight into how the Romans lived. There's a great museum to visit and then outside there's fountains, an aqueduct, intricate mosaics and columns, all wonderfully preserved. Lisbon offers some fantastic shopping, great restaurants and some lively nightlife. No matter what you choose to do a honeymoon in Portugal will give you memories to cherish for very many years.
Key Facts for Portugal
Flight time: 7 hours from Toronto
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The Algarve region is the sunniest and driest part of the country and is mild throughout the winter. The island of Madeira experiences warm weather year round.
Portugal is approx 2 ½ hours and the Madeira approx. 4 hours from London with direct flights operated by British Airways and TAP Air Portugal
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Getting Married in Portugal
If you're looking for a destination to get married which has stunning scenery, lively cities and is rich in culture then why not consider Portugal. With lush green mountains in the north covered with vines and trees, to rocky mountains with cascading waterfalls in the centre and to glorious beaches in the south, weddings abroad in Portugal offer a wide choice of locations in which to exchange your vows. Whether you are dreaming of getting married on a beach, in a church, or even in a vineyard, your dreams can become reality in Portugal, and with a host of stunning hotels, banquet halls or gardens in which to host your reception party, your special day will be simply magical.
To get married in Portugal, foreigners require valid passports or ID cards, a certificate of non-impediment and a full birth certificate. All of these documents need to be translated into Portuguese and notarised by the consulate of your nationality in Portugal. If you are divorced or widowed you will need certificates to this effect and will need parental consent if under 18. Once you have all the documents to hand you will need to organise the civil wedding in Portugal by visiting the registo civil. The cost is €100 for weekday ceremonies and €170 for weekend days. Weddings can normally take place 2-3 working days after submission of the necessary papers. You will also require 2-4 witnesses. Both civil and religious ceremonies are recognised. For more information visit http://www.gettingmarriedinportugal.com/info-legal/requirements/
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