Barcelona Hen Weekends
Activities and inspiration for planning the perfect hen do
By Jessica Bowler
From flamenco lessons and learning to cook the perfect paella, to gladiatorial-style inflatable games, here’s our list of ideas for great things to do on your Barcelona hen do… many with a local touch!
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 an abundance of tanned, toned, Mediterranean hunks, Barcelona has got all the ingredients of a perfect hen party abroad.
The city of Gaudi is not only good-looking, but it’s 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.
The city of Gaudi is not only good-looking, but it’s young, fashionable and knows how to enjoy the good things in life.
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 young 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 are 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.
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, 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.
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Recommended Day Activities
Here are some of the best things to do on your Barcelona hen weekend, during the day or early evening.
1. Private Paella Cooking Class (€45 p.p.)
During this fun and social cooking class you learn how to cook Spain’s most iconic dish, start to finish. And we really do mean start to finish, because to begin with you get a guided tour of Barcelona’s legendary Boqueria food market where you shop for the ingredients that you need to make the perfect paella. After that your local chef will help you reach culinary nirvana in the kitchen. Available on demand, we normally run this as a lunchtime activity, and the price of €45 per person also includes several tapas as starters and plenty of homemade sangria. Let us know about any special food requirements for your group in advance and we can cater for them. Email us on email@example.com for more info or to reserve.
2. Treasure Hunt (€29 p.p.)
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!). The price is €29 per person, based on a minimum group size of 8 people. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Cocktail Making Classes (€30 p.p.)
Shake it like a Polaroid picture, during 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 imbibe your own creations! The price is just €30 p.p. and that includes welcome Cava, four cocktails and talented bartender/instructor. You can email email@example.com for more details or to request a reservation.
4. Gin Tasting (€40 p.p.)
A hot new activity for 2019, during this 2-hour tasting session you get to sample 6 artisan gins, along with premium tonics and botanicals, and start to appreciate the subtleties of this classic distilled drink. Led by an instructor, the workshop takes place in a bar in central Barcelona, and is sure to leave you with a sophisticated buzz. The price is €40 p.p. and you can check availability by dropping us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Wine & Cheese Tasting (€39 p.p.)
Catalonia has 12 dedicated wine regions, so it would be simply rude not to stop and appreciate some of region’s finest local produce. During this refined activity, a professional sommelier will introduce you to no fewer than five denominacion de origen wines, paired with a delicious selection of local cheeses. The cost is just €39 p.p, so get in touch via email@example.com to book.
6. Make Your Own Cava (€42 p.p.)
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 p.p., 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.
7. Beach Games (€29 p.p.)
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 beach rounders. 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 p.p. with a min. group size of 8 people. Email email@example.com for more info.
8. Inflatable Games (€39 p.p.)
For a zany and truly memorable hen do, look no further than this riotous activity that takes place on the grounds of a castle just outside Barcelona. These inflatable games include multiple challenges and obstacles, such as sumo wrestling, slip’n’slide, wipeout, and gladiator podium fighting. For €39 per person, your group gets to go head to head over 10 challenges, and you get some fantastic photos of your day as souvenirs. There’s also a bar onsite, and the option to have a BBQ, while return transfers from the city centre can be arranged for a surcharge of €18 p.p.. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
9. Hip Bike Tour (€35 p.p.)
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 that saw them recently recommended in Lonely Planet magazine. 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 links above for more!
10. Flamenco Dance Class (€29 p.p.)
Get in touch with the local culture during this dance class, where a professional flamenco dancer will school you in the basics of Spain’s world famous art form. Your sultry instructor will begin by teaching you some basic ‘pesos’, before moving on to foot stamping, dress swishing and spins. You’ll be getting in the swing of things before you can say: Olé! The price is just €29 p.p and includes a welcome glass of Cava to help you limber up. Email email@example.com for more info. If however you would prefer to leave flamenco to the professionals, check out the Flamenco & Tapas Evening option further down the page for your chance to catch a show.
11. Pole Dancing Lessons (€30 p.p.)
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 €30 p.p. 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? For something more classicly seductive we can also organise burlesque dancing classes. Just specify when you email us.
12. Boat Party (from €45 p.p.)
A great choice for groups of girls looking to mingle with some fellow hedonists, these summer party boats set sail from March/April to the end of September. There are a few different options, starting with the Original Boat Party (wild), Champagne Sunset Cruise (elegant), BBQ Boat Party (wild), and Chilled BBQ Boat Party (chilled), so head to this page 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 boat parties are extremely popular and spaces really do go quick, so don’t hang around. Follow this link if you’re ready to buy tickets already. Exclusive offer: get in touch with us on email@example.com and, if you’re a group of 10 or more, we should be able to get you a free ticket for the bride to be!
13. Private Boat Trip (from €50 p.p.)
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 work out as little as €50 p.p. and even include a free drink or two. Maximum 11 people. Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back with an exact quote and more details.
14. Nude Life Drawing Class (€30 p.p.)
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 p.p. Email email@example.com for more info.
15. Gourmet Cooking Class (€65 p.p.)
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 p.p., but there’s also the option to include a tour of the world famous La Boqueria food market for a total of €78 p.p. Click on the link above for more info or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a reservation. Or head here for more food and drink options.
16. Escape Games
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 Night Activities
Here are some ideas for what to do at night during your hen do…
17. Flamenco & Tapas Evening (€35 p.p.)
Two great traditions in one night, during this fun evening you get to see a top flamenco show in one of Barcelona’s best known tablaos, before enjoying a spread of classic tapas dishes that the country is famous for, served up with a generous helping of homemade Spanish sangria. In other words, instead of going for a normal, boring restaurant meal, spend the same amount on this activity and get a fantastic flamenco show thrown into the deal! The show lasts about 30-40 minutes, which is about perfect for larger groups as no one will get fidgety. One of our most popular activities, email us on email@example.com to check availability.
18. Champagne Sunset Cruise (€65 p.p.)
Undoubtedly the most stylish boat party option in Barcelona, this event takes place every Friday night from June to September. It features a Spanish paella dinner, Champagne cocktails and live DJs, and of course those epic sunset views back over Barcelona. Once the catamaran sails back to port, you also get free nightclub entry afterwards to continue the party. A great excuse to get dressed up for the night. These parties have limited capacity and tend to sell out, so either book your tickets online, or keep reading for a special offer. Exclusive offer: get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org and, if you’re a group of 10 or more, we will get you a free ticket for the bride to be!
19. Private Tapas Tour (€69 p.p.)
For an authentic taste of the city, this fun and informal food tour takes you to some of the best tapas and pintxos bars in town. Your local guide will help you learn your anchoas from your zamburiñas as you sample some of Barcelona’s finest snacks, along with delicious wines, vermouths and Cava 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, the tour is run by the boutique tour company Tapas & Beers and takes place in two of the city’s hippest districts. Get in contact with email@example.com for more, or head to their website.
20. Chill Out at Ice Barcelona (€32.5 p.p.)
The world’s only Ice Bar on a beach, a trip to this venue’s sub zero ice chamber is a fun way to cool off in Barcelona by night. Drink vodka from a glass made out of ice, and admire the frosty statues on display. Don’t worry about getting cold though as they provide jacket and gloves, and you can also head onto their balmy beach terrace for a cocktail instead. Currently they are offering a special hen party pack designed for ten people which includes 10 x Ice Barcelona experience with drink, 10 x mixed drink, plus table reservation, 2 bottles of Cava, fresh fruit and chocolate and gift for the bachelorette herself. Total cost €325. Head to their website for more info and a few other options.
21. Cheeky Butler & Tapas (€45 p.p.)
What’s better than Spanish cuisine? Spanish cuisine prepared by a local chef and served up by Gael García Bernal’s buffer little brother (…at least he told us they’re related). That’s right, your delicious tapas meal will be dished up by quite a dish himself, and it’s hard to say which is yummier. This activity takes place in your apartment, and as well as the chef and cheeky butler, included in the package (so to speak) are some party games and free Cava for all. Alternatively, for just a handful more euros, switch the butler for a stripper. Get in contact via firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get things organised for you.
22. VIP Nightlife Tour (€44.95 p.p.)
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 with partying until dawn at the most famous address in town… Opium Beach Club. The tour runs every Friday and Saturday from March/April to September/October, but has 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 €44.95 pp and includes VIP entry to Opium and several complimentary drinks.
23. VIP Limo Club Tour (from €45 p.p.)
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 (see below) 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.
24. VIP Club Cards (€27 p.p.)
For no-nonsense introduction to Barcelona’s nightlife, these VIP Club Cards are hard to beat. For just €27 you get access to 14 of the city’s hottest venues, with free VIP entry into each, to save you the hassle and worry of whether you’re going to all be able to get in to the club. The cards are especially worthwhile if you plan on partying in the Port Olimpic zone, as top nightspots like Opium, Pacha, CDLC, Shoko and Catwalk are all next to each other, so you can hop between them and find the right one for you. And if one night ain’t enough you can also buy cards that work for 2 nights (€40) and 3 nights (€50). The guys behind the cards have recently given Barcelona Life readers a 15% discount on the price, so get in touch via email@example.com with your requirements.
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.
Elsewhere on Barcelona Life you’ll find specialists at arranging tours and activities so have a browse, plus check out our articles on cool things to do or luxury breaks for even more ideas and inspiration!
Finally, if you can’t find the information you’re looking for and want our very own advice, then drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!