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If a mix of lazy beach days, balmy bar crawls and one-of-a-kind activities suits your soon-to-be-wed bestie down to the ground, a Lisbon hen do is unbeatable.
The Portuguese capital is undeniably one of the most attractive cities in Europe thanks to its lush hilltop location and proximity to the Tagus River estuary. Natural beauty aside, Lisbon also packs a punch with its man-made allures - buzzing beach resorts, rooftop bars with views to die for and a truly phenomenal cultural scene.
Planning the perfect hen weekend can be a challenge if you're not familiar with this city. That's where we come in. As well as sussing out the best places to let your hair down, we'll help sort out all the practicalities such as flights, transfers and hotels. Lisbon hen do? Handled.

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Hen activities in Lisbon

Active adventures or boozy bar crawls? Whatever takes your fancy, you’ll find it in this cool city. Here are just a few Lisbon hen do ideas to get you started:
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Cocktail masterclass

Whether the bride's a big fan of mojitos or Cosmos are her drink of choice, get the group mixing up their own cocktails at a trendy Lisbon bar.

Outdoor karting

Outdoor karting

Bring out the bride's competitive side and test out the group's driving skills with a few hours at a high-speed outdoor go-karting track.

Quad biking adventure

Quad biking adventure

Get to grips with off-road driving and have fun racing your fellow hens when you take the wheels of some awesome quad bikes.

A luxury outdoor spa and large swimming pool

Lisbon spa day

Treat yourselves to a day of pampering at one of Lisbon's high-end spas. Think massages, facials and soothing sauna sessions.

Lisbon bar crawl

Lisbon bar crawl

Check out the city's trendiest drinking venues from Bairro Alto to Cais do Sodré during a Lisbon bar crawl.

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Surfing

Head to one of the epic surfing beaches near Lisbon and enjoy a lesson that'll see you all (hopefully) riding some serious waves.

Beach boat party

Sunset boat party

Set sail in a private catamaran or shared party boat around Lisbon's coastline and sip on champagne as the sun sets over the sea.

Lisbon Go Cars

Lisbon Go Cars

Zip up and down the city on a self-guided tour in some Lisbon Go Cars, cool compact yellow cars which fit neatly down Lisbon's narrow streets.

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Pasteis de nata cookery class

Learn how to make Lisbon's mouthwatering, custard-filled tarts under the instruction of a local expert.

Port tasting

Port tasting

Enjoy a boozy afternoon tasting your way through Portugal's best-known alcohol at one (or several) of Lisbon's top port bar.

Coasteering

Coasteering

Set your hearts racing by challenging the group to navigate Lisbon's rocky coastline on foot or by water.

Kayak tour

Kayak tour

Test your rowing skills and see the city from a different angle by heading out to sea in kayaks with a guide.

Rooftop bar crawl<

Rooftop bar crawl

Hit up Lisbon's loftiest drinking holes on a bar crawl that'll take you to some stunning rooftop venues.

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Fado show

Immerse yourself in authentic Portuguese culture with a lively Fado show filled with gorgeous guitar music and beautiful singing.

Stroll around Alfama

Explore Alfama

Get to know one of Lisbon's oldest and most attractive neighborhoods that's brimming with charming lanes, cute cafes and unmissable landmarks like São Jorge Castle.

Gorge on treats at the Time Out food market

Gorge on treats at the Time Out food market

Tuck into tantalisingly tasty treats created by award-winning Portuguese chefs at the famous Lisbon Time Out food market.

Visit the LxFactory

Visit the LxFactory

This abandoned industrial complex turned cultural hub near Alcantara-Mar station is a hotspot for shopping, plus it's got a handful of fantastic places to eat and drink.

Hang out at the Park rooftop bar

Chill at the Park rooftop bar

Hang out with the cool kids at this offbeat drinking hole that's found above a disused parking lot in Bairro Alto.

The beach and the city of Cascais in Portugal

Take a day trip to Cascais

Top up your tan and cool off in the sea (or with a glass of vinho verde) at this bustling beach resort situated right on Lisbon's doorstep.

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Neighbourhoods not to be missed

Bairro Alto

This beautiful bohemian neighbourhood has some of the most promising Instagram backdrops in the city thanks to its charming lanes and bright yellow vintage trams. Bairro Alto is additionally home to dozens of tiny shabby-chic venues and, come nightfall, it's usually buzzing with partygoers searching for a good time.

Chiado

Right next door to Bairro Alto, sophisticated Chiado is the place to go for shopping, sightseeing and theatre shows. It's inundated with elegant buildings housing everything from department stores to world-glass art galleries, plus you'll spot loads of Lisbon's best miradouros (viewpoints) here if you're keen to admire the city from up high.

Baixa

Baixa is the beating heart of Lisbon, boasting grand boulevards and pretty plazas all the way from the hills to the shores of the Tagus. There's loads to keep the girls busy, from retail therapy along Avenida de Liberdade to landmarks like the Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara. Baixa is also where you'll find the incredible Time Out food market - the perfect place to indulge in tasty local bites.

Hen accommodation in Lisbon

Whether the ladies want to stay right in the heart of the action or they're after somewhere with uninterrupted views of the ocean, Lisbon delivers with its fabulous range of accommodation options.

Hen groups who are purely focused on having some epic nights out will be in safe hands at a budget-friendly Lisbon hostel in the city centre. Bride a bit of a diva? Lisbon serves up plenty of luxe, too, with its high-end hotels boasting plush amenities like designer spas and rooftop cocktail bars.

You might prefer to keep all the hens under one roof by renting out a chic apartment overlooking the river. If you're not sure what to go for, here's a handful of awesome hotels, hostels and self-catered options to get you started:

Here’s a slice of what's on offer to give you an idea:

The Wombats City Hostel in Budapest

Safestay

Lodged inside a bright pink building, it's impossible to miss this modern hotel on the edge of trendy Bairro Alto. Indoors, you'll have your pick of comfy dorm rooms decked out in simple yet stylish furnishings. There's plenty of shared spaces to socialise in at Safestay too, including an amazing sun-soaked terrace.

The restaurant at the Meininger Budapest Great Market Hall

The Independente

If you want to feel like you're living the high life without paying for the pleasure, The Independente Hostel is a great shout. It's housed inside an impressive Art Deco mansion just minutes from the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara and it has loads of original features, from high ceilinged rooms through to a grand entrance hall with a sweeping staircase. The hostel rooms aren't quite as fancy, however some have private balconies with river views.

The bar at the Ibis Styles Hotel in Budapest

Exe Liberdade

This hotel places you right next to leafy Eduardo VII Park and it has a range of stylish rooms and suites perfect for two people sharing. Exe Liberdade is also only a short walk from Avenida da Liberdade (one of the most famous shopping streets in Lisbon), making it a no-brainer for Lisbon hen groups in need of some retail therapy.

The breakfast buffet at the Mercure Budapest Korona

Pestana CR7

While you probably won't catch a glimpse of Cristiano Ronaldo in Lisbon, you can stay in his hotel. Pestana CR7 sits on the boundary of Baixa and Chiado and it's a joint venture between the chic Pestana Hotel Group and the national football treasure. As well as enjoying ensuite rooms with sleek interiors, you'll wake up to gorgeous views across the river or the city's rooftops.

A car in front of the Aria Hotel Budapest

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

For an ultra luxurious Lisbon hen weekend, you can't go wrong with the Corinthia Hotel. You'll find it nestled in the hills of Campolide just outside the city centre and it offers up truly jaw-dropping vistas from its plush suites. What's more, there's a five-star spa onsite that's the ideal spot for nursing hangovers after a big night out…

The breakfast buffet at the Mercure Budapest Korona

Tivoli Avenida

If you want to be as close to the shops as you can get, Tivoli Avenida is spot on. The five-star gem of a hotel is right on Avenida de Liberdade and it has beautiful rooms which boast plenty of luxurious extras. Tivoli Avenida's rooftop is also the home of SEEN, a super trendy restaurant, and the city's iconic Sky Bar, the ultimate destination for sunset cocktails.

The breakfast buffet at the Mercure Budapest Korona

LisbonBreaks

If the gals would rather have more space to stretch out, LisbonBreak has over 70 stylish apartments scattered from central Chiado to coastal Carcavelos. Bed down by the sea for easy access to the beach or stay right in the heart of the action in the city centre.

The breakfast buffet at the Mercure Budapest Korona

Chiado Arty Flats

City living doesn't get much better than Chiado Arty Flats. Despite its name, the apartments are actually lodged inside the former headquarters of the República newspaper in Bairro Alto. Choose from cool penthouses or deluxe apartments decked out with cool graffiti artwork and upcycled furnishings.

There’s plenty more where this came from so use these as a guide when you chat to your travel planner.

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Organising a big trip can often be a pain in the neck - whether you’re booking for three people or thirty. Why not take the stress out of the whole process by handing the hard part over to us?

As well as being experts on the ins and outs of a great night out in Lisbon, we’re also pretty good at masterminding mind-blowing hen dos in general. Whether the group want wine tasting and walking tours or sea kayaking and shots, we’ll make sure your girl gets the send off she truly deserves.

Chat to us over WhatsApp or Messenger today about your expectations. We’ll then come up with a tailored plan which will include everything from travel itineraries to secret Lisbon hen do activities that’ll help make the whole trip stand out from the crowd.

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