Greece is already a popular travel stop for destination weddings and serene honeymoons. For a truly special destination wedding, experience, however, there is nothing more romantic or magical than getting married in or surrounded by a castle.
Castles are the perfect blend of traditional, majestic, unforgettable and unique. The type of experience that all couples hope their wedding will be. Often referred to as the birthplace of European civilization, Greece contains many idyllic castles that form the perfect backdrop to a couples dream wedding.
The castles in Monemvasia, Nafplio, and Parga are among those highly desirable for marriage ceremonies. They also make cosy honeymoon settings.
Nafplio – Bourtzi Castle from Charalampos Konstantinidis
If getting married with cascading mountains, picturesque Venetian houses, and stunning bay views sounds picture-perfect than make Nafplio, also known as Nauplio, your wedding venue.
Nafplio is a seaside town located in the northeast of the Peloponnese region and dates back to Neolithic Age.
The town’s rich history includes three fortresses Akronafplia, Palamidi and Bourtzi. Palamidi is a wonderfully preserved baroque fortress built on the city’s highest point so it rises up impressively in the sky.
Bourtzi is located on a small island in front of the town port and is visitable by boat. Akronafplia is the oldest of the fortresses and features some sections dating back to the Bronze Age. Picture a marriage proposal or wedding in Nafplio with any of these castles rising up in the background.
Ancient monuments and fountains surrounded by colourful sprawling vines of bougainvillea will also astound. After the wedding stay around for hiking, fishing or tanning at the local beach.
If a medieval themed wedding is desired, than few locations will compare to the beauty of Monemvasia.
Located off the eastern coast of Laconia, and just a few hours away from Nafplio, Monemvasia is actually a castle town. The castle and town are carved into a huge rock on a compact island that connects to the mainland by a bridge.
Once across the bridge and through the stone walls and massive gate of the castle, couples will feel like they walked back into time and entered a fairy tale. No cars will be found on the cobblestone streets.
Instead, behind the gates travellers will find a peaceful setting featuring colourful flowers, the beauty of the seascape, and architectural monuments to the past.
As hotels and restaurants are in the castle, it is possible to have the wedding and reception within the fortress.
While honeymooning on the fortress couples can go sightseeing at Byzantine churches, visit the archaeological museum, and take a stroll around the uninhabited upper town. Back on the mainland, sailing, wine tours and horseback riding, all add to the allure of Monemvasia.
Northwest Greece is home to the small resort town of Parga.
Known for its genuine Greek food and unspoiled beaches, couples will find that the castle is also well worth the visit.
Situated up a steep hill and framed by towering trees and crystal blue waters, a Parga castle wedding will enchant those in attendance.
Jet skiing, surfing, river cruises and scuba diving on the local beaches are just a few of the ways to honeymoon on Parga.