Whether you're party animals or simply after some sun, sea and sangria, a hen do in Benidorm could be the perfect match for a soon-to-be bride.
Once a sleepy fishing village, this seaside resort on Spain's balmy Costa Brava has earned itself a reputation for high rise hotels, cheap thrills and tacky nightlife ever since it shot to fame as a package-holiday hotspot in the 1950s. It's those factors - and, not to mention, its golden beaches and year-round warm weather - that make it such a fabulous destination for your bestie's send off. What's more, Benidorm's big British expat population really makes it feel like a (much sunnier) home away from home.
As well as dancing ‘til dawn to cheesy tunes at neon-lit nightclubs, Benidorm hen weekends can be filled with people watching along the lively promenade, Mediterranean feasts at budget-friendly tapas bars and, let’s not forget, lazy siestas in the sunshine. When it comes to those all-important hen do activities, this Spanish bolthole is unbeatable - think yacht trips, spa sessions and street parties.
In addition to its huge stretch of sand where you can soak up some rays (cocktail in hand, of course) or cool off with a swim in the Med, lively Levante Beach is also at the very end of Benidorm's main street of bars known locally as the 'strip'. It's definitely the place to see and be seen after dark, any night of the week.
Benidorm isn't all tacky bars and beaches littered with half-dressed sun worshippers. The rowdy resort is also home to a picturesque Old Town that's more authentically Spanish with its white-washed houses, tapas bars and heritage sites like the Neo-Classical Church of Saint James. It's also a great area for shopping thanks to pretty lanes hiding trendy boutiques.
Benidorm's biggest beach, Playa de Poniente is over 3km long and located just west of the Old Town. Take a stroll along the rainbow-coloured, curved promenade at sunset before selecting one of its many waterfront eateries for a slap up dinner.
High rise hotels with purse-friendly prices are definitely up for grabs on a Benidorm hen party. Whether you're after somewhere basic, but comfortable to crash in between cocktails or you're looking to splash out on a little bit of luxury at a spa hotel, you'll find dozens of accommodation options around the town.
Hens hoping to spread out under one roof will spot several self-catering options which give you much more freedom when it comes to meals, plus amazing shared facilities like pools, gyms and games areas. You could even follow in the footsteps of the Garveys and stay at the Sol Pelícanos Ocas - the backdrop of the Solana Resort in the hilarious Benidorm TV show.