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How to Throw a Hen & Stag Weekend

How to Throw a Hen & Stag Weekend

Different ways to enjoy your last hurrah in the Algarveā€¦

How to Throw a Hen & Stag Weekend

The Algarve is well known as a top wedding destination. It’s also one of the very best destinations for a memorable Hen or Stag weekend. With several low-cost airlines flying into Faro airport from most major European cities – and flights time 3 hours or under – getting here is easy. And once you’re here ….well, the sky’s the limit.

If you have been tasked with organizing the last hurrah for a friend, you’re going to need some tips about the best hotels, clubs, days out and fun things to do in the Algarve. Getting in touch with local wedding planners such as Irene da Figueira, is a good place to start. Their expertise can save you time and money and they can put together a programme that suits your budget and party plan.

If you are looking for something more than the traditional boozy Hen and Stag parties, here are some suggestions for that last party as a singleton.

Beach Breeze Club, Val do Lobo

Beach Breeze Club, Val do Lobo

Party Time

You can find beach party paradise in the Algarve. Want spectacular scenery, fine golden sands, chic and trendy beach clubs playing the latest sounds? You’ve got it. Enjoy daytime lounging and sundowner parties at some very impressive clubs. Try NoSoloAgua at Praia da Rocha, next to the marina, the iconic Caniço near Alvor, glamourous Breeze at Vale do Lobo or the laid-back vibe at BJ’s Oceanside. For the whole package, you can’t beat Le Club – dinner and after dinner with top DJs pumping out the sounds and overlooking the gorgeous beach at Santa Eulalia. Or Montys at Vale do Lobo, where you have the whole deal – dinner, DJs, live music and disco.

The standard of food available across the Algarve is consistently impressive, with a huge selection of great restaurants from gourmet and Michelin stars to fabulous steak-houses, sushi, typical Portuguese and table-side flambées.

For late night fun enjoy some bar-hopping at Vilamoura marina or Praia da Rocha, at the fabulous BonVivant in Lagos, de Barra’s in Quinta do Lago or along the strip in Albufeira.

How to Throw a Hen & Stag Weekend

Le Club

Chillin’

Who doesn’t love some luxurious pampering? There are several top class spas in the Algarve that are more than happy to create a special pamper package for you. Beauty treatments, massage and healthy, holistic treatments to soothe, smooth and rejuvenate. The Almond Tree Wellness spa at the Crowne Plaza Vilamoura, Real Spa Thalasso at Grande Real Santa Eulalia near Albufeira and Real Marina spa at Olhão, next to the Ria Formosa, and the Vital Spa at Vila Vita Parc all provide exceptional experiences.

How to Throw a Hen & Stag Weekend

Fun pirate cruise

Outdoor Action

Why not enjoy an off-road adventure on a Jeep Safari through the countryside? A bespoke programme can be created for your group with paintball, slide and rappel and other activites.

Charter a boat – you can go for some Deep Sea Fishing with bragging rights up for grabs, or chill out on a luxury yacht, exploring the coastline. Take a sunset cruise enjoying your favourite drinks and cool sounds or opt for a fun Pirate BBQ cruise. There are a range of trips available at all marinas across the Algarve from Alvor and Praia da Rocha, Albufeira, Vilamoura and Olhão.

Adrenaline junkies can throw themselves out of an airplane. Try tandem sky diving for a real freedom rush, at Portimão aerodrome or a Drive Experience at the Algarve Race Track.

And of course, the Algarve is golfer heaven. World class golf courses from east to west, and all the après golf activities you could want.

So what are you waiting for? Pop the question and enjoy a fab party weekend!

How to Throw a Hen & Stag Weekend

Jeep Safari fun

Editor's Desk

April 2012

The standard of food available across the Algarve is consistently impressive

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