Top 5 venues for an intimate wedding or elopement in Lisbon, Portugal

Hello, everyone!

If you ever read about or visited Lisbon, you surely know what a beautiful city it is. No wonder it has become more and more famous each year as a wedding destination, however choosing a venue for your perfect wedding continues to be a lot of hard work and research.

Especially considering the new way we are living now, with many restrictions and limitations to the amount of people we can allow in one place. 2020 has been a challenging year for all brides and grooms - many wedding plans were postponed, some were cancelled and some couples decided to reduce the amount of guests in order to be able to celebrate it this year.

As Portugal wedding planners, we love intimate weddings and elopements due to their friendly and cozy vibes. As always, we are here to help you, so today we are listing the top 5 venues for intimate but beautiful weddings around Lisbon.


Palacete Virtvs is a private villa located right by the heart of the city. It started as a family house, and today this beautiful place can be used for different types of events, managed by a great catering company. Its design and decoration reflect the old Portuguese nobility, and it’s very well conserved and super classy.

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Inside the palace there are different rooms that can be used for different purposes, and outside there is a beautiful garden with a breathtaking view overlooking the capital.

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The garden is a beautiful place to have a symbolic ceremony or a cocktail party. Since it is located in the centre of Lisbon, there are a few churches for those who are looking for a religious ceremony.

They allow indoor parties until quite late, which is not that common in venues in the center of the city, and it even has a room where the bride and groom can spend the wedding night!

The remaining guests can easily find nice hotels and Airbnb very close to the venue, and still enjoy this beautiful city!


If you are looking for a beautiful space in the mountains to have your dream wedding, Camélia Gardens might just be the place for you. It’s a very beautiful house located in Sintra, which once belonged to a British priest.

It is about a 30 minute drive from Lisbon, and it is surrounded by the beautiful villa of Sintra, where you can find many nice hotels, restaurants that serve delicious food and views that will take your breath away.

The venue is full of natural light, green gardens and amazing mountain views. It offers a different range of indoor rooms that you can use, gardens, a pier and also a swimming pool area.

It even has a private parking space that can receive up to 50 vehicles, which is great for the area!

If you are looking for a place to hold a religious ceremony, there are plenty of churches around the area that will suit your needs.

If this is your venue of choice, make sure you take a couple of days to stay in the villa and enjoy everything it has to offer!


Although not being located in the center of Lisbon, Solar do Sanguinhal offers all you need for your magical intimate wedding. This is a classic small venue located in Bombarral, about a 45 minute drive from Lisbon.

The blue villa offers a different set of rooms that you are able to use for your wedding, and also a garden and a swimming pool.

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If you book Solar do Sanguinhal, you will be able to use 6 rooms to stay overnight from the night before the wedding until the morning after the wedding day (including the swimming pool, which is a great plus for a summer wedding!). A few meters away, across the street, you will find a small chapel where you can have a religious ceremony, and then enjoy the remaining day at Solar do Sanguinhal.


Pestana Palace might be one of the most charming wedding venues in Lisbon.

Originally built to be the home of one of the biggest coffee traders in Portugal, it was acquired by the Pestana Group during 1992 to become one of the most quested charm hotels in the city. Even Madonna couldn’t stay away from this place while staying in Portugal!

The venue has a very beautiful restaurant that can accommodate your perfect intimate wedding.

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It is framed by a beautiful garden with a wide range of local and tropical flora where you can hold your symbolic ceremony and cocktail. If you are looking for a chapel for your religious ceremony, you won’t need to go far since you can use the one right in the venue.

Also, since this venue is an actual hotel, don’t forget to enjoy their beautiful rooms after your wedding party!


Have you ever thought about having your wedding at a National Heritage site? If so, Monserrate, in Sintra, will be exactly what you are looking for.

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The palace and park combination can create the most magical wedding venue. Monserrate is a National Heritage site that is visited by thousands of tourists every year, however after visiting hours you can hold your wedding there. And believe us, your guests will be completely mind blown by this place! Not only can you use the three main rooms in the Palace (the auditorium, the Music Room and the Columns Room), you can also visit their extensive gardens perfectly cared for and enjoy the most beautiful sights.

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Since this is a national monument, you will likely find some restrictions when it comes to sound, decorations and general usage of the space.

The venue does not offer accommodation for the bride and groom, however it is not far from the centre of Sintra villa where you will find all you need for your destination wedding.

We believe these venues meet all the requirements for those who are seeking an intimate destination wedding in Lisbon - one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

If you are planning your micro wedding or elopement in Portugal, don’t hesitate to contact Dream Weddings Europe - we will be more than happy to assist you on your big day!

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