If you’ve been awarded with the prestigious title of Head Bridesmaid at your best mate’s wedding, you’ll undoubtedly have started to feel a bit nervous by now. There’s the pressure of the big day, the endless amounts of preparation and the fact your once laid-back pal has since turned into Bridezilla, alongside the fact that you’ve got to organise a hen weekend to remember.
While sitting around in your local pub in questionable fancy dress listening to bad karaoke might be all well and good, there are plenty of opportunities for hen weekends abroad that won’t break your budget. Whether you’re looking to combine beachside relaxation with bar-side debauchery or culture-crammed city breaks in European destinations, you’ll find plenty to choose from. Grab your passports, get those L-plates at the ready and get set to embark on hen party weekends you won’t forget.
If its hen weekends with a touch of class that you’re after, you’ll relish the opportunity to visit the stylish city of Paris. There are plenty of sightseeing opportunities to be had in this vibrant French capital – from scaling the dizzy heights of the Eiffel Tower to taking endless snapshots outside the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral. The city also boasts excellent retail opportunities, with everything from chic boutiques and high street stores to thrifty flea markets. Of course, the main attraction of your hen weekends abroad is Paris’ thriving nightlife and a visit to the Moulin Rouge to see the world-famous can-can girls is a must! Considering something closer to home? London weekend breaks will offer you a dose of sophistication alongside a thrilling nightlife without the need to step onto a plane.
If you’re looking for an alternative to raucous hen party weekends fuelled by too many cocktails, Rome is your best bet. Aside from the opportunity to eat as much pizza as you can manage, this stunning destination is crammed with culture. Don your best pair of gladiator sandals for a walk around the Colosseum or experience the splendour of the Roman forum. If history isn’t your bag, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Rome’s excellent fashion boutiques – whether it’s a new leather purse or an irresistible pair of Prada shoes. Indulge in Rome’s fantastic nightlife with a hearty Italian meal before heading to a chic bar for a few glasses of Prosecco – bellissimo! For those that don’t fancy jetting off to Italy, you’ll find a wealth of culture and laid-back charm on hen weekends in Bath – with plenty of roman ruins to uncover.
The main allure of hen weekends abroad is the promise of sunshine and you’ll find it in abundance when you book a trip to Barcelona. Bordered by Mediterranean beaches, the Spanish city boasts year-round good weather, making it the perfect spot to escape the drizzly British weather. Adventurous hens might like to take to the water on a sailing expedition, while those seeking something more sedate will love the excellent range of day spas on offer. After dark, head out to a tapas restaurant to sample mouth-watering Spanish cuisine, before experiencing an authentic Flamenco show. If you really want to make use of your dancing shoes, head on out to the Gothic Quarter to experience Barcelona’s eclectic selection of clubs and bars. If you’re seeking a seaside jaunt without the flight, consider hen weekends in Brighton – while you won’t find sand-swept beaches in this charming town, there is a thriving nightlife well worth discovering.
Forget laid-back weekend breaks – this city is anything but! If you’re looking for something energetic, you’ll find a wealth of water sports and activities along Ireland’s coastline, everything from surfing and water skiing to hiking and biking. If you’d rather not get yourself too muddy, head to the Guinness Brewery for a pint or for something stronger, a visit to the Irish Whiskey Museum. It’s after dark that Dublin really steps up a notch, with an endless array of pubs and clubs to choose from. Whether you want your hen party weekends to include traditional live music or thumping club anthems, you’re sure to find something to cater to your tastes.