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Barcelona offers all the vibrancy of a city break combined with all the sun, sand and relaxation of a beach getaway. So, it should be no surprise that Barcelona has long been one of our favourite and most popular destinations for an unforgettable hen party.
Queen of Spanish hen weekends and the unofficial capital of Spain specializing in class, culture, luxury and absolutely fabulous nightlife, here is the Maximise guide to a fabulous hen weekend in Barcelona.
Along with providing buzzing nightlife, stunning architecture, unbeatable food, endless sunshine and everything else that’s charming about a Mediterranean city, Barcelona is also easy and affordable to get to.
While you could take a scenic route with a combination of trains, ferries and coaches, flying with a budget airline is the cheapest and fastest way to travel to Barcelona for a hen weekend. You’ll find plenty of cheap and regular flights from Ireland and throughout the UK that fly directly to Barcelona-El Prat Airport or nearby airports.
Of course, it should go without saying to book well in advance when it comes to buying your tickets, but be sure to look around and use a flight search or booking site to compare prices and deals.
Kayak, Google Flights, Momondo and Expedia are all top flight comparison sites that can help you and the girls find the best and cheapest flight for your Barcelona hen party.
EasyJet offers cheap seats from London Southend to Barcelona, and Monarch offers budget flights from London Gatwick, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.
RyanAir, Vueling, British Airways, Iberia, Norwegian Air International and Air Lingus also all offer flights to Barcelona. While the average cost of a flight to Barcelona is £140, we have found return flights to the Catalan capital for as little as £39.
Flights sorted, now get to the party pad!
Picture landing in the beautiful-sunny and vibrant city of Barcelona only then have to cram into a taxi or mess-about with public transport. It's a fairly dull way to start a hen weekend in Barcelona, which is why you should opt for Private Airport Transfers instead. It’s ruled number one when it comes to a Barcelona hen party.
Whether you want to keep it low-key with a minibus or live it up in a Stretch Hummer or Party Bus, all great hen weekends start with good airport transfers.
While you might have your friends and while you might be heading to the hen party city of Barcelona, without a solid base, without good hen-worthy accommodation, the rest of the weekend could crumble.
In other words, it's something that shouldn't be overlooked or booked with little consideration.
As we said, a solid foundation is key when it comes to the success of a great hen weekend. And, when it comes to a hen weekend in Barcelona, it doesn't get any more solid than our Apartment or Trendy Apartment Accommodation.
Our Barcelona hen party apartments are centrally located and just a stone's throw away from the best shops, bars and clubs with great transport links nearby. Apartments also offer up more room and amenities than a standard hotel and generally, you'll fit more girls in one apartment than a hotel room.
With fully equipped kitchens included, as well as a TV and free wifi, our apartments are a home away from home for a hen weekend in Barcelona.
More importantly, if you're all under one roof, there is more time for some hen party celebrations, games and memories to be made. While Barcelona is sure to provide you and the girls with some great nightlife, activities and more, sometimes the best memories and moments are made with the little things. And, sometimes the little things start with the hen party accommodation.
So, getting the accommodation right is definitely important when it comes to a hen weekend in Barcelona.
As we've mentioned once or twice, Barcelona combines the classic beach holiday with an eclectic city break. And, while you will always have something to do and your days are certain to be as wild as your nights, we have a few golden tips and golden rules when it comes to a Barcelona Hen Party.
The tree-lined central promenade of La Rambla is Barcelona's most famous boulevard, which connects Plaça de Catalunya in the north with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell in the south.
Lined with shops, eateries, attractions, monuments and more, the 1.2-kilometre long promenade is often the first landmark tourists identify with the city and is a must visit during a hen weekend in this hedonistic city.
Did we mention the Beaches!
It would be an absolute sin not to visit at least one beach during your hen weekend in Barcelona.
And, of course, it's during the day when you will get the most out of being at the beach and lapping up the sun, topping up that tan and sipping plenty of cocktails or sangria...or both!
If you are a water sports fan than Barcelona will be your muse during the day with Speed Boats, Flyboarding, Banana Boats, Jet Skis, Paddleboarding, Sea Kayaking and more on offer.
There are also Beach Games, which is the ideal activity combo with all the beach crowd pleasers including volleyball, Frisbee and bat and ball.
One does not simply leave Barcelona without stepping on board at least one boat...
Especially during a Barcelona Hen Party!
So, take advantage of the sunny climate and the Mediterranean Sea by setting sail with the plethora of boating options available to you during your hen weekend in Barcelona.
Whether you want to sit back and watch the world go by with an exclusive Private Boat Charter, Private Yacht, BBQ Boat Party or a Catamaran Cruise, Barcelona's crystal-blue waters are set to impress during your hen weekend.
But, you're in Barcelona and you are on a hen do, so there is only one real way to take to the water and it's by partying among other revellers on a Party Boat!
Whether you call it a Party Boat or Booze Cruise, it's the hottest ticket in town and it's two hours of partying onboard a multi-level catamaran with UNLIMITED DRINKS, a top DJ and more for your Barcelona Hen Party.
If you are after a spot of sightseeing on your hen weekend then your eyes will go into overdrive in Barcelona. The cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region is known for its art, architecture, history and impressive sights and attractions.
The fantastical Sagrada Família church and other landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city.
Other must-see attractions include Museu Picasso, Parc Guell, the Modernist buildings, Montjuic hill and Poble Espanyol Spanish Village as well as the Barrio Gotico or the Gothic quarter, which is Barcelona's medieval city.
Even though Barcelona is covered with stunning architecture, there's far more to do in this city than stand around and stare during your hen weekend. If it's activities, partying, relaxing, eating or indulging you're after, after, you'll have a tough time trying to limit your choices when it comes to a Barcelona hen party.
All the classics are there including Nude Life Drawing, Butler in the Buff, Cocktail Making, Pole Dancing and Beauty Parties. But, there's also a bunch of hen party ideas and activities to be enjoyed that are unique to Barcelona and absolutely worth trying!
Here are our top Barcelona Hen Party Activities:
Spanish Cooking Class: Dig into the Spanish culture during your Barcelona Hen Party with a Spanish cooking class. Learn how to make amazing Spanish classics like tapas and paella with a professional local chef in a private venue.
Quad Biking: Whether you enjoy being immersed in nature and want to explore hidden parts of Barcelona or just want to enjoy the high-speed action of these off-road machines, quad bikes are always a crowd pleaser and great for your Barcelona hen weekend.
Flamenco Dance Class: What better place to experience the art o Flamenco than in the beautiful city of Barcelona during your hen weekend. Have a few laughs with the girls and try your hands, and feet, at Flamenco.
Tapas Making: Your lovely chef will get all your hen party involved, taking it in turns to pitch in and make some delicious dishes for you all to enjoy during the two and a half hour cooking class.
Parasailing: Enjoy a thrill-seeking flight above the Mediterranean Sea during your hen weekend in Barcelona with parasailing. Definitely one for the bucket list - there's no better way to see the coast of Spain than with parasailing across it.
Horse Riding: Our experienced guides will lead you through the Spanish scenery during the two-hour trek, allowing you to take in everything around you and have a nice relaxing afternoon before the evening ahead.
Beer Bike Boat: Just like the famed Beer Bike, you and the bride's tribe will be boozing and cruising through Barcelona, but instead of hitting the pavement, you'll be hitting the water to enjoy Barcelona's coastline.
While Barcelona might be Spain’s second largest city, there is nothing second class about its nightlife. Trust us, what Barcelona lacks in size, it certainly makes up for with its mammoth and vast nightlife options.
From mega clubs to a live Porno Show, Barcelona is not a shy city, so get ready for some big nights and even bigger events and clubs during your hen weekend.
The city's nightlife is not concentrated in one area but instead broken up in several areas, each boasting a different scene and atmosphere. Meaning there is something to suit all hen parties and all budgets in Barcelona.
However, before we get to where to drink and delve into all the best bits of Barcelona's nightlife, check-out a few must-do things once the sun goes down!
While the city is bursting with art and architecture to be enjoyed during the day, you can only enjoy the famous Font Mágica Fountain at night.
Built in 1929, you have never seen a fountain like this. The incredible show of water, lights and music attracts an estimated 2.5 million visitors per year and it will be a great way to kick-start your Barcelona hen party night.
Start with a class and end with Dinner & Flamenco Show during your Barcelona Hen Party.
If immersing yourself in fantastic Spanish food, culture and entertainment sound like your cup of tea, you'll find it hard to beat a Dinner & Flamenco Show during your Barcelona Hen Party.
The amazing Flamenco includes dancers, guitars, castanets, singers and more. And if you are brave enough, or you've picked up some skills in our Flamenco Dance Class, you can join in on all the fun and festivities.
You will also enjoy a tapas-style meal and three beers each at the centrally located restaurant.
It's not all cathedrals and football in Barcelona.
When the sun goes down on your hen weekend, the city turns into one big nightlife playground. Famous for its buzzing nightlife scene and variety of watering holes, Barcelona is going to give you a hen weekend you'll never forget.
With so many options out there you could find yourself getting caught in an overpriced establishment instead of happily drinking your night away, but, we can help you out with bar crawls, club entry, VIP drinks packages and more.
When it comes to clubs, the most popular areas are the El Born District, El Raval, Poblenou, Poble Sec, Montjuïc and Eixample. You'll also find plenty of great places by the beach as well as, some awesome night boat parties.
Some of the best clubs include Moog, Pacha, Sala Apolo, Opium and La Terrrazza.
From Ice Bars to boat parties and all the watering holes in between, mammoth partying is the aim of the game when it comes to the nightlife in Barcelona.
So, there you have it. The Maximise guide to a Barcelona Hen Party.
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