Considering hosting your nuptials abroad, but stuck on where to venture? Selecting a location for your destination wedding can be a tricky one – besides the big “where?” question, there’s the matter of booking a venue, lodging, perhaps a local planner, and more. To ease your mind on one of these items, HomeToGo – a worldwide vacation rental site – has complied a list of some of their more popular wedding destinations and found a prime rental property in each location just waiting to host you and your beloved for the duration of your time abroad.
Take a look at the most popular destinations, and let us know where you would want to stay in the comments! Click each photo to see these listings and more in each area.
11. Lesbos Island, Greece
Floating in the northeastern Aegean Sea, this Grecian escape has grown in popularity as a wedding site in recent decades. As the site of the University of Aegean and the Teriade Museum, which demonstrates the rich history and culture of the island, this is a gorgeous location for your offbeat, artful vows.
10. Ghasri, Malta
Situated between Sicily and the North African coastline, Malta is a small island with a lot of history. Once thought to be visited by Odysseus, it hosts many different languages and cultures, as well as incredible views – both inland and of the picturesque Mediterranean Sea – to provide a dramatic backdrop to your “I dos.”
9. Central Dalmatia, Croatia
If you’re looking for a unique European experience, Central Dalmatia in Croatia is an exciting combination of industrial glory and natural beauty. Staying at a waterfront property affords you sweeping visuals of the Adriatic Sea, and there are abundant opportunities for nightlife, shopping, and dining for all your guests to enjoy.
8. Gran Canaria, Spain
As one of Spain’s Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is perhaps best known as a cruise ship destination due to its ideal beaches and lively atmosphere. With a tradition of health-giving practices and a wealth of wellness centers, including luxurious spas, you and your wedding party will find it hard not to move to the island.
7. Ardennes, Belgium
Touching Luxembourg, Germany, and France, the region of the Ardennes Forest combines rich historical significance with the great developments of today. Once the site of fierce battles in both world wars, the rough terrain and small population make it a lovely locale for rustic weddings.
6. Crete, Greece
Greece’s largest island is a stunning display of beaches, mountains, and bustling civilization. If you’re looking for a destination with a large variety of options, look no further. In addition to its multitude of activities and sights, the island also boasts an incredible gastronomic culture.
5. Algarve, Portugal
The southernmost region of Portugal is a trendy vacation spot for wealthy tourists, but it also displays the history of the country through museums, hiking trails, and ancient sites. Get moving with a last-minute bachelor or bachelorette party at a local disco and plan the perfect menu with the scrumptious culinary offerings of Algarve.
4. Western Cape, South Africa
Home to the popular city of Cape Town, this incredible region of South Africa is teeming with life in so many facets. Take a trip to the Cape Winelands, Table Mountain, and the very tip of the continent – the Cape of Good Hope – for a destination wedding you and your loved ones won’t forget.
3. Valais, Switzerland
If you’ve ever ridden on “The Matterhorn” ride at Disneyland, you may have looked up it’s namesake – Valais is home to the Matterhorn mountain, as well as a breadth of exciting activities. Although the canton is known for its winter sports, it has exhilarating adventures available year-round for your thrilling big day.
2. Tuscany, Italy
It doesn’t get much more romantic than the Italian countryside. Located in Central Italy, this gorgeous region is home to many marvels that combine human ingenuity – throughout history – with the wonder of nature. Tuck your event away in this idyllic location that was practically created for lovers.
1. Costa Blanca, Spain
Costa Blanca, or “White Coast,” has a thriving Spanish social scene with an array of interactive features, currently making it HomeToGo’s most popular wedding destination. In reference to the 200 kilometers of coastline bordering the Mediterranean, this undeniably fun area is the perfect place to host your nearest and dearest on your bridal adventure!