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Lots of you gals have enquired about destination hen parties. We asked those who have been there for some suggestions and we have received lots of AMAZING feedback from our real-life hens about their fave places for hen parties. They’ve shared their highlights and recommendations from hen parties abroad, and we feel it’s only fair to share their tips with you all. With that, we bring you 6 recommended Barcelona hen party ideas. Barcelona is a winner for lots of our bride tribes for a destination hen. Why? Firstly there are plenty of regular flights from Ireland and the UK (Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Easyjet) along with cheap transfer options from nearby airports (Girona, Reus). This means flexible flight prices and no hassle if some of the crew need to arrive or leave at different times. Another major Barca bonus is that you get all the highlights of a city break with the fun of a beach holiday, so a great choice if you’re not sure which your bride would prefer! Check out the 9 recommended Barcelona hen party ideas below.
1. Hit the W hotel for drinks
This was recommended as a MUST for a classy hen party by a few different people. The W hotel is a super glam hotel on the waterfront with glass panels and amazing views. Get the elevator to the rooftop Eclipse bar to start your night on the town with a fabulous cocktail. Watermelon martini anyone? More on this hotel here.
2. Segway tour or bike ride
A few girls said that the segway tour was the highlight of their Barcelona hen weekend! Why walk when you can segway? Save your feet for dancing and get a guided segway tour of Barcelona’s famous sights. Take a break from the bubbles and ensure your hen squad tick off some cultural boxes on their hen weekend in Barcelona.
3. Hip Bike Tour
If you want a more active trip around the city, take a hip bike tour! This is another fun way to take in the city with this highly recommended company , either on a city bike or an e-bike depending on how the legs are feeling! More details here.
4. Beach bar babes
Well, it is a hen weekend! Our bride squads loved the bars on the beachfront. These are the perfect spots to chill out with some drinks in the afternoon or start off the hen party in the evening. You can choose from a beach club with a pool like Café del Mar or One Ocean Club or hit the smaller “Chiringuitos”, the local low key beach bars that are popular in the summer.
5. Flamenco dancing
Want something cultural? Break out your frilliest skirt and learn some authentic Spanish moves in a flamenco class. Our brides loved perfecting their taps and claps and you can even watch the professionals in action afterwards as part of some packages. Also doubles as a great excuse to deck the bride out in a gorgeous veil.
6. Instaglam picnic
A hot tip from our henplanner fans that we absolutely love the sound of is the Straws n Berries picnic. You can arrange for a super stylish picnic or outdoor brunch, complete with photographer, mimosas and lots of the delish local cheeses, breads and veggie nibbles at a location of your choice. Top picks are for picnics are beachside or at one of the gorgeous parks or gardens in the city. If you have an air bnb or accommodation with an outdoor terrace, you can arrange for them to set up a stylish brunch for the gals while you catch some rays.
7. Salsa class and Tapas
More dancing! but this time with food –henplanners who got in touch highly recommended the Barcelona combination of a sexy salsa class followed by some delish local tapas and plenty of refreshments in the nearby pubs. Check out this option here.
8. Boat Party!
A favourite activity from our destination hens is a day spent channelling your inner celeb and enjoying a few glasses of bubbly on a yacht. You can arrange your own private charter and enjoy some sunbathing while you and the bride tribe sip cocktails, or arrange for a sunset cruise before hitting the clubs back on the shore. Pro tip – Be sure to pack lots of SPF to prevent any dodgy burns or terrible tan lines before the big day. There are also lots of big group boat parties every weekend in Barcelona with DJs if a floating nightclub is more your scene.
9. Make your own Cava
Wine not? The dream activity for the wine loving bride. For this super hen chic activity you’ll get a train to the Penedes wine region to a cute boutique winery. Along with tasting the delicious local sparkling wine, the “Catalan Champagne”, you’ll get to disgorge (the final step in wine making) and bottle your favourite to take home. This is a really nice day out for €42pp and you can combine with a rustic lunch if you want to make a proper day of it. Book this activity here.
With lots of sights and scenery, a fabulous beachfront and a great nightlife, you won’t be stuck for options on a Barcelona hen weekend. There are tons of chilled afternoon options like a stroll through Mercado le Boqueria foodmarket, the botanic gardens in Montjuic, a trip to any of the many art museums or just relaxing with some pinxtos and drinks in the sun. Whatever hen vibe you’re looking for, you’re sure to find something to suit almost any bride.
Thanks to all the Henplanner followers for the great feedback, we’ll continue to share your recommendations over the coming weeks. And don’t forget your hen party essentials – hen party games and cool hen party accessories.