Barcelona Hen and Stag Weekends

With glorious sunshine, sandy beaches, stylish people, delicious tapas, cheap booze, all night drinking and flights for less than a hundred quid from airlines like Easyjet, it’s not surprising that Barcelona has become a top Stag and Hen weekend destination.

Oh yeah, there’s also the rich culture and fascinating Gaudi architecture. Admittedly, you will only really get to see this properly if you allow yourself some extra time.

 

Nightlife

The action really only starts after around 10pm and then the streets are teeming with party people heading for the late night bars and clubs. As a Hen or Stag party you may choose to keep it casual by skipping the restaurant and heading straight to a tapas bar. Of course if it’s restaurants you’re after you’ll be spoilt for choice and prices are a fraction of English ones.

Las Ramblas – one place you might want to check out is Las Ramblas. This is one of the most famous boulevards in the world and it’s normally buzzing. Here you’ll find some great bars and restaurants along with street entertainment and plenty of talent. Try and take your Stag or Hen party off the beaten track and venture down some of the narrow streets where you are more likely to find the ‘real’ bars and probably better tapas.

It’s also worth being adventurous and exploring other parts of the city:

Gothic quarter – the narrow streets of Barri Gotic are full of fashionable bars and clubs.

Maremagnum – a waterfront shopping centre. At night you will find it packed with restaurants, clubs and bars.

Port Olímpic – a stretch of restaurants and clubs in the Olympic yachting marina – a similar concept to Maremagnum.

L’Eixample – a neighbourhood north of the city centre where you will probably find more natives than in the central areas. There are plenty of great bars and clubs here too, but you have to walk a little more to find them.

La Ribera – try this area for great cocktails.

Bars are generally open until 3am and clubs until 6am.

 

Where to stay

If you have the time on your break

  • Architecture – if you only see one bit of Gaudi architecture during your stay then we would recommend La Pedrera, which is an embodiment of his amazing imagination. Address: La Pedrera, Passeig de Gràcia 92.
  • Football – Stag parties might want to catch a game at Camp Nou, home of Barcelona FC. Book in advance.
  • Hit the beach – Barcelona has 4.2 KM of golden sandy beaches only 10 mins from the city centre. Hang out at one of the many beach huts serving refreshing drinks.
  • Sailing – get onto the water and sail up the beautiful Catalan coast.
  • The Catelonian hills – go on a walking adventure in this spectacular scenery.

The Old City areas of Barri Gòtic, the Raval and Sant Pere and the Born have high concentrations of hotels. If you want to be close to the nightlife and other city sights then consider staying near Las Ramblas.

But why stay in a hotel? How about a private apartment or an ApartHotel? They can be much better value for Hen and Stag parties and a lot more fun. You can all share a lounge and generally spread out. It’s also much easier to keep a tab on everyone when you’re all in the same place.

If it’s cheap and cheerful you’re after on your Stag or Hen weekend then seek out one of the many centrally located dormitories and hostels. You’ll be looking at roughly 12 per person and the hostels section of our directory is a good place to start.

 

Flights

A wide range of operators fly to Barcelona. Remember, book in advance to get the best prices.

Beware that some airlines, like Ryanair, fly to Gerona airport which is about an hour away from the city. This might be OK on a normal holiday but could be a bit of problem for a bunch of thirsty Stags or Hens.

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