Quick Guide on How to Elope in Spain

Why you should Elope in Spain

Before we dive into the details of planning your Spain adventure, here are just a few reasons why it’s the perfect country for your elopement!

Beautiful Nature

Spain’s nature is as diverse as its history. From the lush green north, to rocky mountain peaks, sandy beaches and volcanic red colors on some of its islands.

The country counts 16 National Park (all free entrance) that are focused on the flora and fauna of the area, some of them better known (Sierra Nevada) than others. One of the hidden gems would be Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park in the Pyrenees, which would be an incredible location for an epic hiking elopement. And if you are looking to elope and hike a little with your children present, Teide National Park on Tenerife is an amazing option.

Old Cities and Villages

There are many beautiful old cities, towns and villages in Spain, like Cordoba, Toledo, Sevilla, Barcelona, Altea or even Albarracín. Aside from Barcelona, Granada might be the most famous one with its palace and fortress Alhambra. I’ve been told that it came in number eight to the seven world wonders.

The Lifestyle

The Spanish lifestyle is relaxed, focused on the outdoors and on delicious food. People tend to be friendly and enjoy having a coffee/drink in good company. Of course the mild, sunny climate is a great facilitator for this lifestyle, as well as their tapas tradition.

Where to Elope in Spain

Spain has beautiful coastlines that are perfect for elopements, like the Costa Brava and the Costa del Sol. I lived a couple of years on the Costa Dorada which I still love. And a hidden gem amongst the Costas would be the Costa Verde in the north.

There are also quite a few beautiful cities in Spain like Barcelona, Toledo and Granada. As well as picturesque towns, like Nerja, my old hometown Sitges (very queer-friendly) and Cadaqués. And there are mountain ranges like the Pyrenees and the Sierra Nevada.

Spain counts a lot of Islands that are incredibly beautiful and fun elopement destinations, like Mallorca and Menorca together with Ibiza and Formentera in the Mediterranean. But also the Canary Islands, like Tenerife and Lanzarote are great places for your elopement.

If you ask me where it’s best to elope in Spain, my answer would be: it all depends on what the two of you really want for your adventure. Contact me for more info about the elopement possibilities in these places.

When to Elope in Spain

Generally speaking April/May/June and September/October are the best months to elope in Spain. Of course it all depends on the exact location that you are going for, the activities that you have in mind and how much you mind being surrounded by other tourist. Personally my favorite time a year for an elopement in Spain is late September / early October, when the tourism has quieted down and the weather still tends to be fairly mild.

If you are looking to elope on the Green coast, the Costa Verde, I would recommend eloping in summer. Whereas if you are looking to elope in March or November, I’d go for one of the beautiful Canary Islands.

Can we Legally get married in Spain?

If neither you nor your partner has been a legal resident of Spain for the past two years, than unfortunately you won’t be able to legally get married in Spain.

A symbolic or a commitment ceremony is definitely possible however, and many couples that travel to elope choose a non-legal ceremony like this even in countries where they actually can have a civil ceremony. It’s just the easier option as you don’t have to deal with all the paperwork and legal regulations. You can choose to get married in your own country before or after eloping, or to just not get officially married at all – make sure you check what this means for you both legally and financially.

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