Gone are the days when a hen party started on a Friday night at your local pub and ended at the chippy. These days hens are seeking out the best hen do destinations to host the ultimate celebrations that often last for entire weekends. Most brides end up celebrating their upcoming nuptials with a long weekend city break in the UK but increasing numbers of hen party groups are jetting off to European destinations, too. If you’re tempted to take your antics overseas, then check out our guide to the best hen do destinations in Europe for every bride tribe.
The best hen do destinations for chilling out
Known as the ‘city of spas’ where better to head to than Budapest for a chilled-out hen do? Széchenyi Thermal Bath boasts 18 pools with natural hot spring waters as well as saunas and massage and facial treatment offerings. After indulging, you can join a river cruise and sail down the Danube taking in the sites as you enjoy lunch and a drink or two.
The stunning Spanish city of Valencia has plenty to offer hens looking to relax for the weekend. Luxury beach clubs give you the chance to enjoy sea, sun and sand as staff keep you topped up with ice cold drinks and delicious food. Why not head out for a wine and tapas tasting afterwards? Hens will love the laidback yet delicious Mediterranean dining experience on offer here.
This Croatian gem of an island is an A-list favourite and it’s easy to see why. From stunning scenery to a relaxed harbour and clear turquoise waters, it’s as though every inch of Hvar is designed to make you feel instantly relaxed. Head to one of the luxury hotels for a spa treatment followed by a cocktail session on the relaxed waterfront.
The best hen do destinations for partying
Everyone knows that the Irish love the craic and you will too with a weekend in Dublin. Lively, fun and brimming with good old Irish hospitality, the capital of the Emerald Isle offers traditional pubs, music and, of course, a hell of a lot of Guinness. If you fancy a right old knees up that’s totally fuss-free, this should be your pick.
The ultimate party island is the obvious choice for hedonistic hens. With super clubs aplenty and more than its fair share of beachside bars offering two-for-one cocktails, you’ll enjoy a wild hen weekend here. Hire a boat for the day at the marina and enjoy drinks on the waves for a touch of luxury during your weekend.
Known as a playground for millionaires and oligarchs, in Marbella, you’ll party like the rich and famous. Head to Ocean Club for day time fun and night time party vibes or try TIBU for sophisticated drinks and dancing that will have you feeling like a loaded local. If you’re feeling the A-list vibe, why not look into luxury honeymoon destinations, too.
The best hen do destinations for culture
The vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh has a wealth of hen do activities to offer and is a great choice for brides looking to combine partying with culture. Edinburgh Castle is a must-see with the very best views of the city available for your hen do Insta snaps. The National Museum of Scotland is brimming with treasures and is also a must-do for History loving hens.
The Spanish city is packed with some of the world’s most famous cultural sites and is a real hotspot for arty types with an interest in architecture. Wander down the bustling Ramblas before heading to the Gothic quarter to explore Pablo Picasso’s old stomping ground and finally going on to Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia – a breath-taking must-see.
With a rich political and cultural history, Vilnius is a fascinating destination for hens. Check out Uzupis, Pylimo Street (where you’ll find a certain Trump/Putin piece) and Oliempieciu street for the best street art and graffiti. You can also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Town Vilnius, which is one of the largest surviving Medieval towns in Europe.
The best hen do destinations for adventures
If cocktails on the beach doesn’t sound like your thing, then why not head to this Icelandic gem? The activities on offer are almost endless, with white water rafting, snorkelling, snowmobile driving and quad biking all popular choices. The best thing about this destination is that there’s also plenty of options to chill out after a day of thrills, with the famous blue lagoon geothermal waters ready to soothe your aching feet and the opportunity to get up close and personal with oceanic giants during a breath-taking whale watching trip.
The rugged and largely untouched landscape make this gem a fantastic choice for nature-loving hens. From the picturesque Adriatic Coastline offering plenty of water-based activities to the dramatic mountains and lakes further inland, it’s impossible to feel restless here. Hike, kayak and bike your way through the rough terrain before snoozing on the beach and sampling some of the delicious (and surprisingly cheap) local cuisine.
If you’re keen skiers and snowboarders why not enjoy a hen weekend on the slopes? An action-packed hen do pick, Tignes boasts a range of slopes for beginners through to advanced and so no hen need get left behind. The resort is also open for longer periods of the year than most others, so there’s plenty of flexibility with dates, plus there’s more than enough après ski to keep party-loving hens happy, too.
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