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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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: