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The best hen party destinations in Europe

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So, you’re looking to give your best friend the best send off she could ever ask for, but the big question is, where do you go to celebrate? There are so many amazing destinations around the world that offer relaxation, a plethora of sights to see, and of course, bars and restaurants. Europe is home to some great places for hen parties, each guaranteeing you a fantastic time with your best girl-friends.

Below, we’ve compiled together a list of our top hen party destinations in Europe, which appeal to a wide variety of hen-goers. Whether you’re after sun, beach, relaxation, sightseeing, partying or a good splash of everything, you’re sure to find something that catches your eye.

Without further delay, we give you… the best hen party destinations in Europe.

Marbella, Spain

The best hen party destination in Europe - Marbella skyline at night

The first destination on our list is the top-party hot spot with plenty of sunshine, Marbella. Situated in Southern Spain, in Costa del Sol, it’s one of the most popular places amongst ladies that like a good nightlife scene. Marbella is easy to reach from most UK airports, where you’ll fly into Málaga, which is only a 30-minute car journey from Marbella.

The reason why many people flock here is due to its highly Instagram-able bars and clubs. It tends to have a classier and sophisticated side compared to other nightlife hotspots. If you’re looking for ‘boujee’ hen party destinations in Europe, then this is it! There’s also much more to Marbella than the flashy bars and clubs. It’s home to the iconic Puerto Banus marina, where you can stroll along and stop by for a bite to eat, the historic centre of Marbella old town, and the stunning Cabopino beach.

Marbella can be quite expensive, so be sure to look for an apartment that’s affordable to save on costs.

Top activity for hen parties:

One great activity to take party in with your girl-friends is a boat trip. Sail the seas whilst you lay on the sunbeds soaking up the Spanish sun with a glass of Sangria.

HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS:

Puerto Banus. Urb Jardines del Puerto. Apartment
Aqua Apartments Marbella

St Tropez, France

European hen do destinations - Luxury sun lounger in St Tropez

The next place on our list of the best hen party destinations in Europe is the highly popular St Tropez. St Tropez is a coastal town located in the South-Eastern region of France. It’s known for its relaxing beaches and vibrant night life, so is therefore very popular for those celebrating their hen dos! You can reach airports close to St Tropez from many European airports. The closest airports include:

  • Toulon/ Hyeres Airport: 40-minute drive away from St Tropez
  • Nice Airport: 1 hour 20 minutes’ drive away from St Tropez

Whilst St Tropez is a dream for shoppers, with its designer stores and bustling nightlife, there are also more cultural sights that add to your list too. These include visiting St Tropez old town, browsing the local market (Place de Lices) and wandering around the maritime history museum.

St Tropez is an expensive place to visit and best suits those that want a luxury hen party destination in Europe. It’s quite difficult to do a budget. If you do fancy the lavish lifestyle of St Tropez but want to accommodate everyone, aim to save money on accommodation and find somewhere with kitchen facilities. You can cook on occasion.

Top activity for hen parties:

Our favourite activity to take part in when in St Tropez is to go on a catamaran tour for the day. Spend the afternoon soaking up the French sun as you sip on an aperol spritz, or two!

Recommended Accommodation:

Le Mas de la Dame
Maison Danube

Barcelona

The best hen party destination in Europe - Women walking through a Barcelona park

It’s likely that you’ve already visited this vibrant and unique city in the northern part of Spain. Barcelona is an architect’s paradise unlike anywhere else, due to its quirky buildings that are mostly designed by Gaudi. If you and the girls are looking for a city break that has a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing, delicious cuisine and a vibrant nightlife, then Barcelona should be at the top of your list!

From the iconic Sagrada Familia and Barcelona cathedral, to the famous market on Las Ramblas, where you can pick up the freshest tapas, it has so much to offer. After a day of sightseeing, you can dine at a traditional Spanish restaurant and head to a few bars for a couple of cocktails. The city’s BCN beach area has some great nightclub that are open all night long.

A vast number of UK and other European airports fly directly into Barcelona airport, or Reus airport, which is 1.5 hours away on the train.

We suggest visiting in May or October as the weather is still pleasant at this time, without it being too hot.

Top activity for hen parties:

If you want to fully immerse yourself into the Spanish culture, why not head to a flamenco dance workshop and practice your moves? Afterwards, make a traditional Spanish dish, paella, at a local Spanish cooking class, followed by a few cocktails.

Recommended accommodation:

Casp 74 Apartments
Citadines Las Ramblas Apartments

Lisbon

Glasses of wine overlooking Amalfa in Lisbon

Following on with the theme of European city breaks ideas for your upcoming hen party, Lisbon is way up there at the top of our list for many reasons! It has endless amounts of history, stunning nature parks nearby, and a vibrant nightlife. It’s also very affordable, especially for a capital city!

Lisbon is easy to reach from many European airports, and is around a 20-minute taxi ride into town, making it a convenient place to visit.

Top sights to visit include the iconic Torre de Belém, a walking tour of the scenic Alfama district, visiting the fairy-tale-esque town of Sintra, and of course, taking a ride on tram route 28! There’s plenty of things to see and do over the course of a few days and you’ll never be bored. Make sure you stop by a local bakery to sample Portugal’s sweet pastry, pastel de nata! For an action-packed hen party, we recommend basing yourself in the nightlife district of Bairro Alto in the centre of the city.

Top activity for hen parties:

Head to the Santo Amaro docks and try out Lisbon’s lavish rooftop bars. You’ll sip away at some delicious cocktails whilst soaking in the most mesmerising views!

Recommended accommodation:

Lisbon Serviced Apartments – Avenida
Almaria – Da Corte Apartments | Chiado

Mykonos

The best hen party destination in Europe - Colourful houses on the cliffside in Mykonos

The next idea on our list of the best hen party destinations in Europe is the highly instagramable island of Mykonos in Greece. You would have seen photos across social media of this stunning island, which is commonly known as the perfect getaway for couples. However, it’s vibrant nightlife scene and scenic sunsets make it a great place for a girly holiday too!

Mykonos is a Greek island in the Aegean sea, renowned for its stunning white-washed buildings and fantastic summer parties. No matter the night of the week, you’ll find DJ’s play catchy party tunes as soon as the sun starts to set. If you and the girls are looking for a hen party to remember, with a lot of partying and a lot of dancing, then this is the place to come.

During the day, you can wander through the cobbled streets of Mykonos old town, taking a break at a corner café and popping into the quaint little shops. You can also sail to Delos island, which is located around 6 miles from Mykonos town. It makes a great day trip if you’re looking for a day of sun and sea.

Mykonos is one of the most expensive islands in Greece, particularly for eating out and drinking. Be sure to do your research online beforehand so you can save on accommodation, keeping lots of spending money for having a good time.

Top activity for hen parties:

After a day of relaxing, soaking up the sun and exploring what Mykonos has to offer, head to Agari beach for an evening party with your friends. It’s one of the best places on the island for sunset cocktails.

Recommended accommodation:

Eternal Town Suites
Kouneni Apartments

Dublin

Temple Bar in Dublin

For a great hen party atmosphere, look no further than Dublin. It’s a great city to visit during any time of the year! The people are friendly, the city has so much to offer and the Irish sure know how to drink, which is perfect for your upcoming hen party.

Dublin is extremely accessible to get to, and with the airport being just a 20-minute drive away from the town centre. As the capital city of Ireland, it also has incoming flights from most European airports.

There’s no surprise that a few of Dublin’s attractions revolve around alcohol, so it wouldn’t be an actual visit if you don’t stop by at Jameson Distillery. This is a great place hear about the whiskey distillation process (with plenty of samples). Other attractions include the little museum of Dublin, an interesting prison exhibit, and of course, the electric atmosphere of the city centre ‘Temple Bar’ area. Bar crawl anyone?

Top activity for hen parties:

A unique hen party idea is to take your girl group on a very traditional Irish dancing experience. You’ll learn the basics of famous country dance, becoming the female Michael Flatley within seconds!

Recommended accommodation:

Grafton Street Studios by City Break Apartments
Staycity Aparthotels Tivoli

Ibiza

Hen do destinations Europe - Shows a colourful club in Ibiza

The next European hen party destination on our list goes without saying really. It’s the hotspot for so many tourists every year, who flock to this bustling island for its night life…Ibiza! Fly away on the ‘Venga airways’ to the stunning island that offers relaxation, sun, beautiful scenery and a world-class club scene.

Ibiza makes the perfect hen party destination in Europe for a long weekend, or even a week if you want to spend longer exploring the island. Whilst you eagerly wait for the sun to set and the party to start, visit the breath-taking island viewpoint of Es Vedra and catch one of the most mesmerising sunsets you’ve ever seen. You also have the Dalt Vila neighbourhood of Ibiza Old Town, which has a unique historic appeal and plenty of cultural sights. Last but not least, you’ll want to relax on one of the many beaches. Ibiza is known to some of the whitest sands in the Mediterranean.  

We recommend statying in the Ibiza Town area for a good mix of activity and nightlife, or Playa d’en Bossa for the ultimate party scene.

Top activity for hen parties:

Head off on private boat cruise during sunset, popping open the champagne and enjoying canapes with a view of the coastline. It’s what Ibiza does best!

Recommended accommodation:

Ibiza Heaven Apartments (Playa d’en Bossa)
Hotel La Torre del Canonigo (Ibiza Town)

Gran Canaria

Shows a busy beach in Gran Canaria

The second to last European hen party destination on our list is another island in Spain; one that’s known for its black lava and white sand beaches. Gran Canaria is one of the more popular Canary Islands to visit, especially amongst British tourists. It’s one of the warmer Canaries and is fairly small, so you can explore very easily.  One of the best things about Gran Canaria is that it’s warm year-round, so even if you decide to have a hen party in the winter, you’re guaranteed 20+ degrees temperatures!

Whilst the island boasts many all-inclusive resorts and beaches for relaxing in the sun, there are many things to see and do here. Walk along the sandy desert at the Maspalomas Dunes, visit the capital, Las Palmas, and eat in one of its excellent Spanish restaurants, and you could even visit Gran Canaria’s latest attraction, Poema Del Mar Aquarium. Whilst it doesn’t have the party scene of other destinations on our list, you’ll still find some excellent bars and clubs in some resort areas.

Prices are quite affordable year-round in Gran Canaria, but if you’re looking to keep things budget-friendly, then we recommend visiting off season from January – June.

Top activity for hen parties:

Rent a private boat for the day or hit up Kasbah to sample its epic nightlife scene. It’s a less heard of nightlife destination on the Spanish islands!

Recommended accommodation:

THE STAY Las Palmas (Las Palmas)
Club Vista Serena (Maspalomas)

Croatia – Split & Dubrovnik

The best hen party destination in Europe - Shows Hvar marina at night

The final recommendation hen party destination in Europe is a quickly rising holiday hotspot. Croatia is a country that’s home to some of the best coastal scenery you’ll ever see, with gorgeous islands, historic ancient towns and plenty of day-trip opportunities. It suits groups that want a somewhat affordable hen party, with a good mix of sightseeing and nightlife. Two of the most popular cities to visit are Dubrovnik and Split, both offering many things to see and do.

Dubrovnik is located in the southern region of Croatia. It’s known for its distinctive old town, boasting huge stone walls from the 16th century. We’d recommend at least 5 days here, as there’s plenty to see; from the walls of Dubrovnik to Lokrum Island and Mount Srd. Pack out your day seeing as many sights as you can and relax in the evening with a glass of wine in hand. Alternatively, head into the centre of town for a fun bar crawl. The nightlife scene is great between June and September.

The other option is to visit Split, which is located further north. Split is Croatia’s second largest city, offering beautiful scenery, the stunning Krka National Park a short drive away, and many places to wine and dine. The town is also well located for exploring the islands of Brac and Hvar, and you’ll certainly want to visit the latter. Hvar is a sun-soaked island paradise of boat trips and beaches by day, coming alive on an evening. We recommend staying a few days in Split and then catching the ferry to Hvar.

Top activity for hen parties:

Go wine tasting! Croatian wines aren’t as well known as other European favourites, but many of the country’s wineries have won global awards. It’s the perfect activity to enjoy at sunset.

Recommended accommodation:

Split Allure Apartments (Split)
Apartment Ana (Dubrovnik)

That brings us to the end of our guide on the best hen party destinations in Europe.. We hope you enjoyed reading and some inspiration to plan your own girly holiday. If you have any questions or would like any further advice, then please be sure to drop us a comment below. 😊

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By Susie

Author bio:

I’m a passionate traveller that loves a sunny beach holiday, but also appreciate the cultural side to a trip and checking out undiscovered destinations. I’m the go-to Toucan Traveller for great holiday stories, cool photos and foodie recommendations.

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