Of course, finding the perfect wedding venue is one of the most crucial parts of the wedding planning process. But do you know what else is important? Picking a destination for your hen do! Whether you’re looking for a party destination or somewhere more relaxing, we’ve rounded up some of our top picks when it comes to hen do destinations in Europe. Although these would also be great options for the best places to go with your best friends and just let your hair
So, carry on reading if you’re in need of some travel inspiration…
Hen do party destinations
If you (or the bride in question) is a bit of a party girl, then these hen do party destinations are going to make for the perfect trip away with booze and nightclubs galore.
Of course, the Spanish island of Ibiza had to make our list of top hen do party destinations abroad. This is a proper party destination which has an insane nightlife on offer.
Some of the most well-known clubs include foam parties at Amnesia, living your best life at ‘Ibiza’s original superclub’ Pacha, and Hï Ibiza which was formerly the popular club Space
During the day (if you’re not too hungover from the night before), you can take a trip to the beach for a day of sunbathing and topping up that glowing tan. You can also wander around the Hippy Market and pick up some handmade gifts. Plus, later on, if you want a night away from the big clubs then you can just explore the busy streets of Ibiza town itself.
Not just a spot for the A-list celebrities, Saint-Tropez makes our list of the best hen do party destinations. Located in the south of France on the French Riviera, Saint-Tropez is home to glamorous bars and nightclubs including iconic spots such as Les Caves du Roy. Who knows, you might even find your way onto a yacht!
Other than the alluring nightlife, you could try Saint Tropez’s very own dessert – the ‘Tarte Tropézienne’, sunbathe on Pampelonne Beach or visit the Musée de la Gendarmerie & du Cinéma. If you’re looking for a classy getaway with the ladies, then this is the one for you!
Honestly, Albufeira in Portugal has so much to offer in terms of having a jam-packed fun European hen do holiday with all your closest gal pals. Boasting a great nightlife, loads of activities to fill your day with as well as lovely sandy beaches – what more could you want?!
At night, if you want to get all dressed up and go out on the town then you just need to visit “The Montechoro Strip”. Alternatively, you can spend your evening in the Old Town of Albufeira with an array of music venues and cocktail bars.
When the sun is shining you might want to head to one of the beaches around town including Praia da Coelha, Praia da Falésia, and Praia da Oura. Or you could visit the marina and find a nice place to eat and drink and whilst there you could even go on a boat trip or dolphin watching.
Relaxing hen do destinations in Europe
While people might assume that hen dos usually involve copious amounts of drinking and going out all the time, there’s absolutely no shame in opting for a more relaxing break with your close circle. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some of our recommendations for relaxing hen do trips in Europe:
The picture of relaxation, Lake Como in Italy has breath-taking views, stunning architecture, and just an overall sense of calm. Whether you hire a boat to lounge around on for the day or go to one of the many gardens and villas, you can use this holiday as a chance to take it easy and unwind.
And if you’re looking for a change of pace, then you can always head into Milan which is only an hour train ride away. By the end of your time in Lake Como, you and the girls are going to feel super refreshed and recharged.
Being the second biggest city in Andalusia, Spain, there’s always something to do in Malaga making it one of our top picks for a great hen do in Europe. As the birthplace of Picasso, it’s basically a given that you have to visit the Museo Picasso Málaga, or your group could all try something a bit new and give the Caminito del Rey hike a go.
And to really immerse yourself in the Spanish culture, you’ll have to venture out and try some tapas and churros. Whatever you decide to do, Malaga has something for everyone.
The Greek Island of Skiathos can be found in the northwest Aegean Sea. You might even recognise some of Skiathos from the iconic musical that is Mamma Mia! So, if you love the film and want to live your best life like Donna and Sophie, Skiathos might be the perfect place for your hen do!
From going swimming and snorkelling in the stunning sea caves to grabbing a drink at the old port, there are all sorts to do! And if you want to venture further on a day trip, you can get to both Skopelos and Athens pretty easily.
Now you’ve seen where we’d recommend for a hen do across Europe, why not check out our picks for the 10 best stag destinations in Europe while you’re at it? And if you’re the future bride and haven’t yet officially asked your friends to be your bridesmaids, what better way to do so than with one of our unique bridemaid cards.