Top 5 Hen Weekends Abroad

You've talked all your bezzies into going away for your hen weekend. Result! Now is the time to begin planning but where is best to go on a budget? Here are our top five destinations. Why should the boys have all the fun, eh?

Top 5 Hen Weekends Abroad

Hen weekends abroad have literally taken off in the past few years. With budget airlines flying to different destinations all over Europe, it’s easy to get carried away and start thinking about turning a hen weekend into a mini holiday with the girls. But on the other hand, no-one likes to receive that email or Facebook message asking for hundreds of pounds to take part in their friend’s hen do.

So with the help of hen company Eclipse Leisure, here’s a look at how to have a budget hen do abroad, with five cheap-to-get-to destinations in Europe, with ideas for activities and attractions that won’t break the bank.

Five of the best...

  1. London: £50 to £100
    London: £50 to £100

    Celebrities from Lily Allen to Russell Brand have celebrated their last night of freedom in London, making the most of the classic attractions and world-famous nightlife right on our doorstep.

    London Freebies

    • For a geek-chic hen do, visit London’s Science Museum and Natural History Museum for free – highlights include animatronic dinosaurs and the chance to see an actual piece of the moon!

    Logistics

    Transport to London can be kept to a minimum by booking train fares well in advance or splitting the cost of a cab or mini-bus if you have a big group. Central London hotels are expensive, but you can find budget hotels around the edge of the city from £40-50 per night.

    Have a little budget?

    There plenty of fun and low-cost hen activities to do in London. Entry to exclusive nightclubs starts at £10 per person, an interactive treasure hunt around the city is priced from £15 each or an afternoon tea at the Waldorf Hilton starts at £32 per person.

    • Check out the free karaoke in the Italian Bunga Bunga bar. Sing along to cheesy Euro-pop tracks in their Eurovision room – complete with Nil Point cocktails.

    • For a classic free London tourist activity – don’t miss the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace every day at 11.30 May to July.

    • For hen parties who love food, Borough Market is brimming with tasty treats – from hog roasts to wine-tasting, it’s free to browse and open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

  2. Barcelona: £100 to £150
    Barcelona: £100 to £150

    The perfect mix of beach and city, Barcelona is great for a cheap hen weekend in Spain. Once you’re there, save money by soaking up the free sights or just catching some rays on the beach.

    Barcelona Freebies

    • Soak up the Spanish sunshine with the girls on the golden sandy shores of the Barceloneta beach – even better with a glass or two of sangria!

    • Enjoy a picnic in Barcelona’s free Parc de la Ciutadella. Pitch up next to the pretty lake and remember your camera for the impressive Arc de Triomf and cascade waterfalls.

    • Stroll the famous Ramblas, the main street in Barcelona – there are amazing street performers, local markets nearby and lots of photo-worthy architecture.

    • Sweet-toothed hens can visit the Museu de la Xocolata (Chocolate Museum) for free on the first Monday of each month.

    Logistics

    Book early to get return flights to Barcelona starting from £80 and you can save money on accommodation by sharing an apartment rather than booking a hotel. 7-sleeper apartments in Barcelona start from €100 a night – which is under €15 each!

    Have a little budget?

    If you want to book a special hen event in Barcelona, some of the cheaper options include a catamaran boat trip, a night of salsa dancing or cocktail making.

  3. Lloret de Mar: £120-£150
    Lloret de Mar: £120-£150

    For sunshine, sea and nightlife, Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava is a favourite for group holidays. Although it’s a tourist hot-spot, the town still retains its authentic Spanish charm and offers great value for a hen party abroad.

    Lloret de Mar Freebies

    • Lined with palm trees and picturesque white shores, the beaches in Lloret are the place to go for sunny afternoons with your hens, either sitting in the sun or snorkelling in the turquoise sea.

    • One of the main (and free!) cultural attractions is the Modernist Cemetery. This historic site has fantastic examples of ancient indiano architecture mixed with more modern 19th century designs.

    • Enjoy free and tasty tapas when you buy a refreshing drink at one of the more traditional bars in Lloret. Logistics

    Most 3* hotels in Lloret de Mar start from £20 per person, per night. Budget around £70 for return flights to Gerona and £10 for airport transfers.

    Have a little budget?

    Make the most of the Mediterranean Sea with a Catamaran cruise, starting from £45 per person.

  4. Amsterdam: £100 to £150
    Amsterdam: £100 to £150

    Hen parties in Amsterdam can take advantage of the museums, photo-worthy canals and amazing nightlife.

    Amsterdam Freebies

    • Vondelpark is the main park in Amsterdam and is great for a picnic lunch or chilled out afternoon. From June to August you can catch free music and theatre shows at the park’s Open Lunch Theatre.

    • Amsterdam’s giant chess set (outside the chess museum) is a fun and free way to take some quirky photos of your hen party.

    • For free live music gigs, head to Mulligan’s Irish Bar – on Sunday nights there are open-jam sessions as well as free music from 7pm throughout the week.

    Logistics

    Book early for return flights to Amsterdam from London at roughly £80. Stay in one of the chic houseboats on the canal, which sleep 4-6 people from just €50 a night.

    Have a little budget?

    Amsterdam has an amazing array of spas. Hen dos looking for a cheap alternative can try a Turkish Hamman experience from £35 per person.

  5. Madrid: £150 -£200
    Madrid: £150 -£200

    This central city offers hen parties all the favourite hen activities, spiced up with Spanish culture and sunshine.

    Madrid Freebies

    • Although there is a fee to see inside Madrid’s Royal Place, it’s free to explore the pretty grounds and courtyards – great for photos!

    • The best of Madrid’s free entry museums include the Prado art museum which is free Monday to Saturday between 6-8pm and the National Archaeological Museum which is free at weekends.

    • See flamenco dancing for free when you buy a drink at the Clan restaurant – perfect for a Spanish night out with dances starting at midnight and going on till 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.

    Logistics

    Madrid flights start from £125 for a return ticket with 4* hotels averaging at about £50 - £70 per person per night.

    Have a little budget?

    Dance classes are a popular and inexpensive activity for hen weekends in Madrid, as are Spanish cooking classes and wine-tasting.

    To find out more visit Eclipse Leisure.