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Planning to elope in Spain? Sounds amazing! Home to snow-capped mountains, quiet countryside, and modern cities, Spain is one of the most beautiful countries to host your elopement. Imagine drinking a glass of your favorite wine while appreciating the breathtaking view of the Spanish landscapes or lying on the beautiful beaches in Ibiza or Barcelona. Dreamy, right? 

Eloping in such a magical destination is definitely a dream come true. If you are keen on considering Spain as your elopement destination, then you need to discover the few essential aspects I have crafted in this guide. Have a look! And if Spain isn’t your destination and you need more ideas, head to my Eloping Abroad post for some other amazing suggestions :)

Can Foreigners Elope in Spain?

Unfortunately, foreigners can’t legally elope in Spain until one partner possesses a legal residence for at least two years. Therefore, many couples opt to have civil ceremonies in their home country, followed by a symbolic ceremony in Spain. As the rules continue to change, be sure to reach out to the Embassy and government authorities to inquire if there is any change in the laws. This blog by Weddings Abroad Guide is also super helpful!

post elopement portrait by wandering creative
Cemetary elopement portrait by Wandering Creative

Best Places to Elope in Spain

Barcelona

Barcelona is undoubtedly the best place to elope in Spain. The cosmopolitan city is home to several architectural treasures, incredible adventure possibilities, magnificent cuisine, and rich culture. Your Barcelona elopement will be magical and your stay is worth extending for at least several days as it promises one of the most romantic and unique experiences for couples.

a couple walks up marble steps in a garden just after their wedding.
Ceremony & Portraits

Galicia

Galicia is famous for incredible seafood, uncrowded beaches, and breathtaking scenery. It’s considered a monumental jewel and a perfect elopement destination due to its picturesque views, buildings, and houses.

Tossa De Mar

It’s a coastal town near Barcelona, known for its old architecture; features some of the most incredible beaches. The location remains pretty busy during the summers, so you may consider planning a weekday elopement or during the offseason.

Madrid

Madrid is a fantastic place for couples who would love to combine tradition with modernity. If you are a cosmopolitan couple, you will adore this city with great food and bustling lifestyle, amazing nightlife, and gothic architecture!

Ceremony & Portraits

Valencia

Truly an idyllic place to elope in Europe. You will be amazed to see so many pretty places in Valencia to exchange vows. In short, this city will spoil you for choices regarding venues and locations in the region. The scenery, with the world-famous City of Arts and Sciences building, delivers an extraordinary experience. It’s one of the most beautiful places that you must consider.

When to elope in Spain?

Do you know the best thing about Spain? It’s the weather!

The weather in Spain is so mild that it remains dry most of the year. Still, I have figured out the best two seasons to elope – spring and fall. Both these seasons bring along good weather, plenty of activities, and minimal crowd. During the winters, the northern part of Spain gets snow, and the Southern part remains dry. On the other hand, the summers are very hot and crowded!

Spain Elopement Cost

Typically, a budget-friendly elopement in Spain can cost you between $5,000 – $10,000. Whereas for a high-end elopement, expect to pay anywhere from $11,000 to $20,000.

I hope I have inspired you to plan an elopement in Spain! And you know I’d love to come with you to document the whole thing…so…you know :) Click here to connect!