Europe isn’t the first destination, which couples think of when planning an unforgettable elopement, destination wedding or a honeymoon. Please, however, take a second and check #madeira out on Instagram and you will be amazed. Can a European island really look that beautiful and exotic? Yes it can, and it can be a perfect European destination for your destination wedding or a honeymoon.
Destination weddings in Madeira
Luckily, there are many good international wedding planners on the island, who can organize your ceremony, dinner and party on your behalf. You will have a lot of options to choose from. Whether you are looking for a modern 5-star wedding with a beautiful view, an elegant wedding in an exotic garden or a simple and affordable boho style wedding. There are many beautiful venues to choose from. If you are a mountain lover, hotel Eira do Serrado might be something for you. It has a nice deck with a beautiful view of the mountains and the famous Nun’s Valley. If you are looking for something truly spectacular, such as exchanging vows in a remote location, the wedding planner can help you organizing a symbolic ceremony.
Honeymoons in Madeira
You can literally have a honeymoon on Madeira. One of Madeira’s most famous sweets is a delicious honey cake. Honey is also one of the ingredients of the famous traditional Poncha drink.
Madeira Island is a great honeymoon destination for those who enjoy active holidays and hiking as well as those who prefer simply staying at luxurious spa’s and hotels with great views. And if your dream honeymoon is a mix of both of these travelling styles, Madeira will be perfect choice.
During the day you can see what the island has to offer: Beautiful mountains, multiple observation points, exotic gardens, lava pools, laurel forests, dolphin watching tours and a great network of stunning hiking routes are just some of the things. Madeira is famous for its levadas – small aqueducts – which now also serve as magnificent hiking trails. If you take a ferry to the second island of the Madeira Archipelago – Porto Santo – you will be able to enjoy a stunning white sand beach and clear waters. When you are in a lazy mood, on the other hand, you can enjoy the amenities at one of the great hotels and spas.
One of my favorite hotels is a luxurious and modern Savoy Saccharum Resort and Spa in Calheta. The lounge beds or bars on the top deck of the hotel of the are perfect for observing the sunset with your new husband of wife.
Another advantage of Madeira as a honeymoon destination is the possibility to shoot some beautiful wedding pictures there. The spectacular and diverse scenery of Madeira will be a perfect setting. There are many professional wedding photographers on the island speaking English.
How to get to Madeira Island?
There is only one airport on the Island: Cristiano Ronaldo Airport in Funchal – FCL. Porto Santo also has an airport, but it has a much smaller capacity.
There are many direct flights from different European and Portuguese cities. A great idea would also be a one or two days long layover in Porto or Lisbon before catching the connecting plane to Madeira. Other way to get to Madeira is with a cruise ship.
Would you like to know more about eloping and getting married in Madeira?
Checking my blog will probably be the best first step. See you on my blog!
Edyta from Say Yes To Madeira blog
Edyta married the man of her dreams in Madeira Island in 2017 and shortly after she started a blog promoting holidays, honeymoons and destination weddings in Madeira Island. She would like to put Madeira on the weddings map and help others fulfil their dream of a spectacular destination wedding. Whether you are looking for elopement and destination wedding inspirations, practical tips on organizing a wedding in Madeira, or simply travel tips, hotel reviews, interviews and interesting facts about Madeira, you will find it all on her blog.