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A Hen Party Getaway is always a good idea! Whether you want to get the party started or chill with the bride tribe on the beach, there is plenty of destination henspo below. Be inspired by this list of the best hen weekends abroad.
Now home to Madonna (yes really!), this popular Portuguese city is a fab spot for a destination hen. The city itself is beautiful and full of cobbled streets and alleyways, but there are also plenty of hilly streets as well so make sure you’ve packed the flats. In terms of food, you’ll find lots of tapas options and roof terrace restaurants to indulge. There are also wine tasting tours sampling the local vinho verde (sounds like hen heaven).
If you’re looking for a day-time activity you can head to the beach for group sailing or surf lessons or a private boat cruise. There are day trips on offer to picturesque Sintra (think Portuguese Riviera) and Cascais.
Plenty of flights are on offer to Lisbon with Ryanair, easyjet, Aer Lingus and British Airways flying in. There is lots of gorgeous boutique accommodation on offer to, check out Caso Do Principe for pretty rooms in the centre of the City.
2. San Sebastian
For a less conventional but equally fabulous hen destination, consider San Sebastian. Fly into Bilbao airport or Biarritz (which often has great Ryanair deals) and this Spanish gem is a short bus hop away. There is beautiful architecture and a fabulous beach, and lots of v reasonably priced Air BnB and boutique hotel options with lovely terraces and sea views.
You will definitely get to combine the best aspects of a beach holiday and a city break here. Spend the day at the seaside, and the evening eating your way around the numerous pinxtos and tapas bars. The city is renowned for FOOD! And the best thing is it’s super affordable. You can enjoy a delicious glass of Rioja and some tapas al fresco for under a fiver (yes!) what’s not to love?! There are lots of beach adjacent “discos” near La Concha bay for the dancing queens . The City is also home to a huge Zara and the sister line Oysho if retail therapy is required. Hey, it’s so reasonable to eat and drink there, you’ll be able to afford some! Check out Montie Gueldo for a room with a view.
3. New York or Boston
This definitely requires a bigger budget and a bit of planning, (ESTA visas etc.) but with WOW Air, Norwegian Air etc . offering cheap flights to the States and the other airlines competing, along weekend in the Big Apple or Beantown can be doable. In NYC, an Air BnB is usually your best bet and there are plenty of options in cool neighbourhoods available. Boston can be good for central hotel deals. You can take in the sights during the day, head for mani-pedis or head to the outlet malls in Woodbury Common or Jersey gardens (Wrentham in Boston) and hit the city for cocktails in the evening.
Check out the Meatpacking district and The Standard Hotel in New York for some cool nightlife or head over the bridge to Brooklyn for Hipster Bars, the Faneuil hall area is where local sources recommend in Boston. And make sure to bring your ID to your Bachelorette spectacular (even if getting ID’ed is a distant memory!).
It gained popularity as a clubbing mecca and Ibiza is a very popular destination with the fashion set and a great option whether you’re looking for a party-filled hen or a yoga and sunshine vibe. Channel Love Island and get the gals into a villa, even though you won’t be far from a beach, make sure to get a pool for chilling out and cooling down during the day. If you’re looking for a relaxed activity, look into booking a private sailing trip around the island with some prosecco, (think yacht vibes not booze cruise). Obviously Ibiza has plenty of nightlife on offer so you won’t be short of options to dance the night away, although the superclubs can be on the pricey end. There are also plenty of yoga teachers in residence if you fancied a zen hen option for a class or retreat.
5. Greek Islands
Whether it’s thanks to Mamma Mia 2 or Instagram, the Greek islands are definitely enjoying a resurge in popularity. Mykonos is the luxe party island, where Lindsay Lohan is currently running a beach bar and has become an A-list haunt of late. It is one of the pricier islands but if budget permits , it’s definitely the place to be. Love Island veteran Olivia Buckland hosted her hen party in a Mykonos villa with lots of pool parties. Other spots to check out are Scoprios (which we HIGHLY recommend!) and Nammos for day to night beach side partying.
Crete is a more budget friendly option (although not in the Leaving Cert/A level holiday way – like Zante or Ios!), and as one of the bigger islands has a lot of activities available, both on the beach, and hiking in Samaria Gorge, or more laid back events like tours of a local winery. Ryanair offer lots of Greek Island flights from the UK and Ireland so they’re definitely a winner for a hot hen party.
If your Bride to Be can’t decide whether she wants a city break or a beach babe hen, combine the best of both and book a weekend in Barcelona. The city has lots of beautiful architecture and lots of museums and parks to explore if you fancy some sight-seeing on foot, or you can cover more ground without too much effort and organise a fun electric bike tour. Alternatively, you can head to one of the city’s beaches such as Barceloneta, which is about a twenty minute stroll from Las Ramblas or a short hop on public transport. You can enjoy sunny days on the beach up to October!
You’ll find reasonably priced boutique hotel options, and lots with rooftop pools or rooftop cocktail terraces where you can enjoy great views while you chill or enjoy your prosecco. There are endless tapas spots and food markets at all price levels where you can fill up on patatas bravas before hitting the legendary night life (which lasts all night long and into the next morning for the hardcore hens FYI!).
Barcelona is also a great location for reasonably priced music festivals or concerts so make sure and check out upcoming gigs before you head. Word to the wise though, it’s a busy tourist location so there can be a lot of pickpockets in operation so keep an eye on handbags and wallets while dining alfresco etc. Ryanair and Aer Lingus fly direct from Dublin all year round. Easyjet and Ryanair also do reasonably priced flights from most major UK cities. There are 3 airports around Barcelona, Girona is to the North and about an hour and a half drive/coach journey, although it’s a quirky little town to explore for a few hours, and Barcelona Reus is the same distance to the south so bear this in mind when booking.
You’re probably already hearing the George Ezra tune now! For a modern hen party destination, why not check out this Hungarian hot spot. It’s been gaining popularity with both hens and stags in recent years. Budapest is a beautiful city and often used as a film location. There are lots of great tourist apartments to rent near the city centre and they offer a good value option – Go 2 Flats.
A boat tour of the Danube is a great way to view the city, and there are plenty available, often as part of a bus tour package, and there are also Red bus tours that will help you get your bearings. For a hen party you cannot miss out on a day or night in a Ruin bar. They are located around the city and offer cheap drinks in cool surroundings. The Tip top roof bar is an option for a pricier drink but a great view of the city.
No visit to Budapest is complete without a trip to the famous baths, so make sure your bride tribe has packed their cosies! One of the biggest and prettiest is the Széchenyi baths. You can also buy massage and pedicure options with your pass to thermal baths if you fancy some bridal pampering. Good old Ryanair offers plenty of affordable flights from Ireland and the UK.
Top tip – download a language translation app for help with menus etc, the locals appreciate a bit of effort!
For the tried and tested Bridal beach break, head to the south coast of Portugal. Both Villamoura and Albufeira are approximately a half hour from Faro airport, and you can arrange a reasonably priced (and air conditioned) transfer if you book in advance.
Villamoura has lots of holiday apartment and aparthotels available for all budgets, as well as higher end hotels. There are also lots of spas and hotels offering treatments if a pampering hen activity is the order of the day. Alternatively you could head for cocktails on the marina, or charter a boat for an afternoon of cruising and champagne.
Albufeira strip is a busier spot, the newer part of town has all the nightclubs and is geared at tourists, and could be a bit louder if you’re thinking of there. However the old town of Albufeira has a wider range of restaurants and a lot of roof terrace bars and outdoor areas looking over the sea which is worth a visit.
One of the most fun ways to spend a hen trip in the Algarve is to grab everyone sunlounger near a beach bar and get your G&T’s delivered while you chill on the beach. You’ll mostly have to pay for the privilege, but it’s worth it for the access to clean bathrooms etc. Albufeira and Villamoura are only a short taxi journey from each other so you can check out nights in both spots during your stay.
There are plenty of airlines flying year round to this hen party hot spot on the Costa Del Sol, so whether you fancy staying in Malaga or heading further south to the beach clubs of Marbella, a trip to the sunny Spanish south east is always worth considering for a hen getaway.
The city of Malaga is home to several beaches, both those accessible from the city centre and resorts on the outskirts. The nightlife starts late and goes on to the early hours in the morning and the restaurants serve food until late – handy if your hen crew want to spend a lot of time getting dolled up. When in Malaga, why not check in one of the late night flamenco clubs, or even better, book your bride to be a flamenco dancing lesson!
40 mins from Malaga airport, you can blow the budget and head to the favourite haunt of many a celeb, and even more reality show favourites in Marbella. Head to the Marina in Puerto Banus for prosecco and people watching, or glam up and spend the day in some of the most popular beach clubs, such as Nikki beach, Funky Buddha beach club, or Ocean Club http://www.oceanclub.es/the-club/ Hiring a sun lounger in one of the more exclusive beach clubs can be an expensive activity but usually includes some bottles of bubbles to get the party started and will definitely have the bride to be feeling like the VIP she is.
Make sure to pack the suncream and decorations for hen HQ! And a glass of bubbles in the airport is compulsory!
Happy henning x