Increasingly, hen weekends are now an opportunity to get away on a mini-break, relax in crystal clear waters, lounge on white sandy beaches and grab guaranteed sunshine. Beach breaks provide a chance to spend some quality time with the girls, get a great tan in time for the wedding and help you return completely revived.
White sandy beaches, the quaint cobbled streets of the Old Town and the all-night parties of Sao Jao, it’s not surprising that Albufeira, Portugal, is one of the most popular beach destinations for a hen weekend abroad.
Situated in the beautiful Algarve, Albufeira is a great destination for hen weekends, especially if you’re after a destination that’s both beautiful and exciting. Everything you need is here to hand. Just minutes away from Oura Beach, the main beach in Albufeira, is ‘The Strip’ in Sao Jao, which has the best bars and clubs.
The Old Town, with its pretty square surrounded by trees, provides a little added culture and somewhere to relax. There are numerous street restaurants, street stalls, and plenty of bars that stay open late if you’re not looking for the all-night club scene.
If you feel more adventurous, then head to the outskirts of town to the marina where you’ll see its characteristic, colorful painted buildings. It’s from here you can go on fishing trips, boat trips or simply just stroll along the promenade.
Lloret de Mar, Spain
A stunning Mediterranean coastal town on the Costa Brava in the province of Girona, Lloret de Mar is known for having some of the cleanest beaches in Spain. Lloret beach stretches for one kilometer, and there are also another four beaches to choose from.
The nightlife is bursting at the seams here, perfect for hen weekends, with cozy bars, trendy bars and international clubs everywhere, which means that you’ll always meet like-minded people and get to party into the night.
As well as the nightlife, there are many sites to visit in Lloret de Mar. Beautiful mountains and coastal cliff footpaths mean there’s plenty of walking – if you’re not too hungover from the night before!
If you want a break from the nightlife and the beach, then wander around the Old Town where you’ll find representations of Lloret de Mar’s heritage in the beautiful monuments and the Dona Marinera Statue. And to get farther away from the sand and sea, there’s the lovely Santa Coltide Gardens to go and relax in.
Originally a small village in the province of Alicante, Benidorm has gradually grown in size and popularity making it one of the most visited destinations in Spain, especially for hen weekends.
Thanks to the mountains that surround the town, Benidorm benefits from beautiful views as well as an all-year-round warm climate. With five kilometres of coastline, it has beautiful white sandy beaches and secluded coves – perfect for topping up the tans with the girls.
Beaches to head for are Playa de Lavante, which is easily accessible minutes from the centre of town and lined with bars and restaurants along its picturesque seafront promenade. And there’s Playa Poniente, which is the beach of choice for stunning sunsets.
There’s something for everyone in Benidorm, with the Old Town encompassing narrow, cobbled streets with quaint bars and restaurants; so if you’d prefer to keep the weekend quiet and relaxed then its best to head there.
For the nightlife, Benidorm is possibly one of the best destinations in Spain! From Benidorm Palace, with its Las Vegas-style show, Spanish dancers, magicians and live music, to the town’s clubs and bars, you’ll be able to party the night away whichever you prefer, on your hen weekends.