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Girls Just Want to Have Fun

If you’ve been awarded the prestigious title of Head Bridesmaid in your best friend’s wedding, there’s no doubt you’ll be starting to feel a bit nervous by now. Whether it’s the pressure of the big day, the endless amounts of preparation or the fact your friend has now turned into a total Bridezilla, a stress-free hen weekend is sure to be high on your list of priorities.

Sitting around in your local pub sporting questionable fancy dress listening to bad karaoke might be all well and good,...

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If you’ve been awarded the prestigious title of Head Bridesmaid in your best friend’s wedding, there’s no doubt you’ll be starting to feel a bit nervous by now. Whether it’s the pressure of the big day, the endless amounts of preparation or the fact your friend has now turned into a total Bridezilla, a stress-free hen weekend is sure to be high on your list of priorities.

Sitting around in your local pub sporting questionable fancy dress listening to bad karaoke might be all well and good, but if you’re looking for hen weekends with a little more style then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking to incorporate beachside relaxation with bar-side debauchery in sunny resorts or revel in the cheap booze and great views of some of the Europe’s best cities, hen weekends abroad will linger in the memory long after the wedding bells have finished chiming.

From the Beach to the Bar

If the bride is looking to top up her tan as well as topping up her champagne glass, a short beach break should be just the ticket. You’ll find a variety of beach destinations offering a mix of sand and sunshine and vibrant nightlife as well as plenty of camera-worthy views. Clubbing fans should head straight to Ibiza, renowned as a mecca for party-goers with its live DJs and poolside parties. The lively resort of Magaluf is perfect for hen party weekends, serving up an attractive mix of scorching sunshine and super clubs for those who like to keep going until sunrise.

Relaxed Retreats

If the bride-to-be is more akin to a weekend of relaxation, you’ll find plenty of idyllic retreats to indulge in before the wedding. An urban escape to London is the perfect destination for hen weekends with a laid-back vibe. A bustling city providing plenty of attractions day and night, you’ll find some great luxury hotels to return to, alongside fantastic restaurants and chic cocktail bars. If you’d rather soak up some sunshine before the big day, base your hen weekends abroad in sizzling Barcelona. This sun-drenched city provides the perfect mix of culture and fun, with mesmerising architecture and tasty tapas served up on the menu.

Adventure Calls

Hen weekends don’t have to be about endless cocktail consumption and dancing until dawn. If you’d rather embark on an adventure of a different kind, you’ll find plenty of activities in Scotland. Whether you fancy hopping on a motorbike and racing through the highlands or launching on the open waves with a spot of sailing, forget packing your stilettos and prepare yourself for some adrenaline-fuelled fun. If you’d rather experience some water sports on your hen weekends abroad, shimmy into your wetsuit and head to the Algarve. From snorkelling to surfing, scuba-diving to parasailing, this is the ideal place to experience some water-based adventure before drying yourself off in the sizzling Spanish sunshine.

City Chic

Nothing says hen party weekends like a sophisticated city break and with many European cities situated just a short flight away; you’ll find plenty to keep you captivated. Paris offers the perfect backdrop to an unforgettable hen weekend, renowned for its fashion, food and frivolous nightlife. Hit the shops, indulge in a blow-out Parisian brunch and liven up your evenings with a trip to the iconic Moulin Rouge. For a dose of culture, Prague is the place to be. With plenty of pubs, clubs and bars bordering its charming streets, you’ll be spoilt for choice come sundown, while the daylight hours can be spent exploring its stunning landmarks or relaxing in the leafy grounds of Stromovka Park.

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