Are you looking to organise your or your best friend’s hen do? Then the Algarve is the destination you are looking for. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world it perfectly blends the excitement of outdoor activities with easy-going days by the Ocean.
Packed with plenty of bars with karaoke that will make you want to sing your heart out and clubs that host massive parties where you will want to dance the entire night, here are some of the best places to stage a hen do in the Algarve:
Split into two areas, the Strip and the Old Town, Albufeira is definitely an ideal city to welcome a hen do. The Old Town has more of a family friendly vibe, but the Strip consists of a street filled with bars, pubs and clubs. Whether you simply want to have a few drinks or to listen to some of the wildest music and best DJ’s in the world, the Strip is definitely the place to welcome you and the gals for a memorable night. Meet new people at the many pub crawls organized in the street, try exotic cocktails and dance at the top nightclubs.
In the morning be sure to sunbathe in the many different beaches of Albufeira such as Praia da Falésia, Praia dos Pescadores or Praia da Rocha, swim in the ocean, try the very relaxing stand up paddle (SUP), explore the many routes for mountain biking, have a go at cocktail making lessons or have a soothing day at the spa.
A fun way to celebrate a hen do as well consists of renting a private charter with a DJ complete with drinks and food or go on a cruise in the Atlantic with a luxury yacht included with everything you can possibly need. Horse riding is also a fun thing to do with a close group of friends; let yourself be in sync with these majestic creatures and wander through the beach, hills or lagoons. Delight yourself in tasting the wide range of delicious food of the bars and restaurants at Marina de Albufeira and you can also check for affordable accommodation in the area of Montechoro not far from the Strip.
Close to Albufeira there is Vilamoura. This luxury resort is very much capable of amusing the many visitors it receives every year from every corner in the world.
Lovely beaches like Praia de Vilamoura, Praia da Balaia or Praia da Rocha Baixinha near Vilamoura are ideal for water activities, beach volleyball or to play tennis or padel at the Vilamoura Tennis & Padel Academy. Vilamoura is a great place for sporty groups looking to have a fun and active hen do. The closely located Aquashow offers the chance to spend a different day at this giant waterpark and to have a blast with the rest of the girls. One of the most popular activities for a hen do is to go on a buggy safari. These adrenaline rides will drive you off the beaten track and to some amazing places in the Algarve.
Considered to be the best marina of the region, Marina de Vilamoura’s many bars and restaurants create a vibrant atmosphere, one which should not be overlooked at night. The many nightlife establishments with live performances, jazz and karaoke will give you plenty of choice as where to enjoy the night. Popular clubs such as Blackjack, Agua Moments or Kadoc attract crowds from everywhere ready to party until dawn and are fun places to show your new moves at the dance floor.
You can also take a peek at Casino de Vilamoura with its cabaret shows and live spectacles. There you also have traditional gambling tables offer Blackjack, Roulette and Poker, amongst other games.
Hotels and apartments can be found near the marina. Villas can be found at The Old Village, a more distant area from the centre of Vilamoura.
The western city of Lagos is also a great destination for a hen do. Not as crowded as Albufeira and Vilamoura, Lagos manages to keep some of its historic and picturesque vibe, which mixed with dynamic bars and restaurants make it a pleasurable and at the same time exciting place. It contains some of the most ravishing beaches in the world such as Meia Praia, Praia dos Estudantes or Praia Dona Ana, which combined with its coves and cliffs creates breath-taking views worthy of paintings that will delight any photography aficionado.
Parties in Lagos can be as epic as the ones in Marina de Vilamoura or at the Strip in Albufeira, making it a sure destination for any bride to be to spend her last days of freedom.
Outdoor enthusiasts can mountain bike, try parasailing, dive into underground caves orgo kayaking through the caves. Surfing is also a popular attraction, with the close town of Sagres being worldwide famous for its waves and blue-sky water. Fall in love with the magnificent sunsets while sitting at a café by the sea drinking sangria or cocktails.
You can either stay at a local hostel or check for an apartment near the marina which will give you the chance to experience the delicious seafood of some of the local charming restaurants.
Algarve Fun covers the entire Algarve with more than 200 activities to offer and we are more than happy to help you create a hen do to remember (or not).
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