Let's Go Crazy! Hen Weekends in Barcelona
Looking for the perfect place to celebrate yours, or your best friend's, hen weekend? Then you can stop the search right now. With its gorgeous weather, long stretches of sandy beaches, world class shopping, luxury spas, scintillating nightlife and - of course - an abundance of tanned, toned, Mediterranean yacht-owning hunks, Barcelona has got all the ingredients of a perfect hen party abroad. The city of Gaudi is not only good-looking, but its young, fashionable and knows how to enjoy the good things in life. In short it's a place that you and your amigas are sure to identify with.
A well-planned hen weekend in Barcelona might start with the checking in to a luxury hotel or apartment and quickly proceed to a bit of tanning on the sands (and don't forget your Gucci sunglasses for ogling Javier Bardem lookalikes as they work up a sweat playing beach volleyball). When you've got your eye candy fix for the afternoon you could retire to your hotel swimming pool or - if you're lucky - rooftop jacuzzi, whilst the chance to go shopping on the grand Passeig de Gracia, with its marvels of Modernista architecture is not to be missed. There's also plenty of trendy boutiques, or why not book your own personal shopper for the day to take you on a luxury shopping tour? Of course any self-respecting hen party needs some pampering action and a couple of hours at one of Barcelona's health spas is time well spent, especial if it includes a chakra stone, Thai or even chocolate massage.
Above: Here come the girls....
Barcelona is much more than sun, soaking and shopping though. By night the Catalan capital is a hedonist's nirvana. Amazing restaurants serving every kind of cuisine, hip cocktail bars rustling up divine liquid concoctions, and plenty of glamorous nightclubs for an evening of dancing, flirting and (mild?) misbehaving. (If the latter sounds like you, then we can definitely recommend this VIP nightlife tour, which includes guestlist to Opium Mar!). The best hen parties will stretch over a long weekend of course meaning you can do it all again the next day, maybe factoring in a tour of some of the city's rich cultural sights, or fun activities like Cava tasting, cocktail making classes, treasure hunts or even sailing trips.
We've listed a few original ideas for things to do below that might give you some inspiration. All of them are operated by our hand-selected local partners, so we're confident you'll love them. Follow the links for more info, or send us an email. You can expect to hear back within one working day.
Recommended Day Activities
Make Your Own Cava
One of the most popular options on our website, with consistently rave reviews, for this Bacchic activity you'll take the train out to the Penedes wine region just outside the city to a friendly boutique winery. Here you'll get to taste several types of delicious "Catalan champagne" made from grapes harvested by the local vineyard and then disgorge and bottle your very own bottle of Cava. The basic price is just 42 pp, and for a little more you can also enjoy a rustic lunch and make a day of it. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with your group size and preferred dates and you'll hear back within 24 hours.
Life Drawing Class
No sniggering now, the male form is a beautiful thing... at least the specimen that you'll be sketching during this intimate art class, which gives you the chance to turn the tables in the battle of the sexes and ogle and objectify a man for a change. All in the name of art of course. This private class lasts one hour and includes an art instructor and glass of Cava. From 30 pp. Email email@example.com for more info.
For a group activity that includes city exploring, team work, brain power and a fair bit of comedy this one has it all. Written by a professional writer and featuring several professional actors in fancy dress (giving you clues), this particular treasure hunt has a pirate's theme and X marks the spot. Tailored for your group, the event can also include party games such as sangria pong, sumo wrestling or even blow job school (for those determined to have a truly classy hen do!). Prices start at 29 pp. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can't resist the lure of Barcelona's baking sands, then this option is a great way of spicing up what might otherwise be just a boring sunbathing session with games like volleyball, bat'n'ball, tug of war and limbo. Included in the price per person is all the games equipment, along with some toned and tanned hunky instructors and some chilled drinks. For a little extra this activity can also be combined with Stand Up Paddling. Starting at 29 pp with a min. group size of 8 people. Email email@example.com for more info.
Gourmet Cooking Class
They say if you understand a country's cuisine you are half way to understanding its culture, so what better way to get under the skin of Spain than by learning how to cook classic Spanish and Catalan dishes. With the help of a bilingual expert chef you'll use local seasonal ingredients to rustle up a four course meal of paella, gazpacho soup, a tapas appetiser and dessert - all washed down with a nice Rioja - yes this is a classy bachelorette option. The basic cost is 65 pp, but there's also the option to include a tour of the world famous La Boqueria food market for a total of 78 pp. Click on the link above for more info or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a reservation. For a more affordable option you could try this paella making class (32pp), or head here for more food and drink options.
Hip Bike Tour
Perfect for a smaller group, the award-winning Steel Donkey Bike Tours offer arguably the best guided rides in town, with a focus on off-the-beaten path sights. Relaxed, friendly and fun, you will get a great overview of the city without feeling like a tourist. Tell them you're a hen party and they'll be able to offer you a private tour and even tailor the itinerary to your group, taking you to some chic cafes and hidden spots. Click the link for prices and more info.
Horse Riding in the Catalan Countryside
Discover the beauty of the local countryside in Catalonia (ie. the region of Spain of which Barcelona is the capital) on this 3 hour horse trek that takes you into the mountains. You'll ride your new four legged friend at a gentle pace through stunning scenery, stopping for a local rustic lunch of hams, cheeses and a drop of wine. The action takes place just 40 mins away from Barcelona and transfers can be arranged. Cost is 89pp. More details via email@example.com
Pole Dancing Lessons
It's sexy, it's fun, and it's great for pretty much all your muscle groups, from your shoulders to your thighs. Have a giggle recreating scenes from Showgirls and Closer with your girlfriends, all of course with the help of a professional instructor. This one hour class costs 30pp and also includes a free glass of Cava to help loosen inhibitions and unleash the extrovert in all your crew. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more. Pole-dancing too racy? We can also help organise salsa, flamenco, breakdance and burlesque dance classes. Just specify when you email us.
Private Boat Trip
When it comes to spoiling the bride to be, few things will impress as much as chartering a private yacht onto the big blue of the glittering Mediterranean sea. Sign up for this chilled out sailing experience and you can recline on deck sipping Catalan champagne as your captain takes you out on the water and you soak up the sun like Instagram's finest. A selfie? Don't mind if I do! Prices start at 59 pp but depend on group size and whether you elect a 2 hour or 4 hour cruise. Get in touch via email@example.com and we'll get back with a quote and more details.
Nothing promotes a bit of group bonding like being stuck in a room together with only 60 minutes to escape! Take on the challenge of one of Barcelona's escape games and you'll find yourself frantically crunching numbers, searching for clues and triggering combination codes as you attempt to win your freedom. A good activity to fit in after the beach or before dinner, the scenarios are invariably fun and creative. Check out our article for some specific recommendations on places.
Recommended Party / Night Activities
Boat Party / Sunset Cruise
A great choice for groups of girls looking to mingle with some fellow hedonists, these summer party boats set sail from March/April to September. There are a few different options, starting with the Booze Cruise (wild), BBQ Boat (chilled), and Champagne Sunset Cruise (elegant), so click the link above and see which might be best for you. After two or three hours of fun on the Mediterranean you will receive free club entry to one of the glamorous venues on the Port Olimpic. These events are extremely popular and spaces really do go quick... but if you go to the link above you'll find all the necessary info on how to reserve your spaces.
Local Tapas Tour
For an authentic taste of the city, sign up for this tapas crawl that takes you to some of the best tapas bars, bodegas and vermuterias (vermouth bars) in town. Your local guide will help you know your anchoas from your ensaladilla as you select some of the best small plates in town, along with delicious wines, vermouths, cava and craft beers to wash them down with. A great option for a more gastronomically minded group, keen to sample this uniquely Spanish way of eating and drinking. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Spanish Meal with Cheeky Butler
What's better than Spanish cuisine? Spanish cuisine served up by Gael Garcνa Bernal's buffer little brother (...at least he told us they're related). That's right, your delicious tapas meal will be dished right up by quite a dish himself, and it's hard to say which is yummier. Included in the package (so to speak) are some party games and free Cava for all. Alternatively switch the butler for a stripper. There are a few different options / prices here so get in contact with email@example.com with your own details and we'll run them by you.
Cocktail Making Classes
Shake it like a Polaroid picture, even before you've hit the dancefloor, with this activity that is the perfect way to blend day into night and get your girls - and especially the bride - drinking. During this private class you'll learn how to muddle the perfect mojito along with other classic cocktails and mixed drinks... and naturally you do get to drink your own creations! The price is just 30 pp and you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to request a reservation.
VIP Nightlife Tour
As highlighted earlier on this page, this nightlife tour comes with the Barcelona Life seal of approval and combines drinking Cava with night time views over the city to partying until dawn at the most famous address in town... Opium Beach Club. The tour runs every Friday and Saturday from April to the end of September with limited places so best to book in advance. Check the link for more info, or go right ahead and email us on email@example.com with your group size and preferred dates. The price is 38 pp and includes VIP entry to Opium and several complimentary drinks.
VIP Limo Club Tour
For a more exclusive party vibe why not splash out on your private limousine to take you cruising around the city like the international jet-setting divas that you are. The tour includes VIP club cards that get you entry into 14 of the hottest nightclubs in the city, whilst champagne, spirits and soda are all included in the price. Check the link for more info, or simply email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with your group size and preferred dates.
Whatever you're planning for your hen night you'll find plenty more advice if you take the time to look around our website, starting with our accommodation section and going onto to our restaurant guide and recommended bars and clubs. Our entertainment section has a list of specialists at arranging tours and activities so have a browse, or check out our articles on cool things to do or luxury breaks for even more ideas!
Finally, if you can't find the information you're looking for and want our very own advice, then drop us a line on email@example.com with any questions! For guys, our guide to Barcelona stag weekends is this way...