40 Reasons Why Barcelona Rocks!
The Beaches - Barcelona has over two miles of gorgeous beaches... But they're fake! All the stunning golden sand was brought in to create beaches in time for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. National Geographic has since declared Barca one of the best beach cities in the world!
Yacht Charter - One of the best places to see those fabulous beaches is from your own private yacht charter where you can party like A-listers. Find out more...
Shakira - This Colombian beauty has made a home for herself and her family in Barcelona making it the perfect place to show that your Hips Don't Lie, Whenever, Wherever you like!
Karaoke Bar - Reckon you can belt out the hits of Shakira better than she can? Head to Barcelona's amazing Karaoke Bar and find out! Discover more...
Siesta - It's totally acceptable to enjoy a few cheeky glasses of wine in the sun before falling asleep in the afternoon in Barcelona. Glass of vino and a kip? We need to start a petition to make it more acceptable in England because when we tried it at work...
Eclipse - The Eclipse bar just feels like it was made for a Barcelona hen do with its plush pink décor and glamorous design features. Couple that with some of the best views going and you're onto a winner, ladies!
St. Jordi's Day - Also known as 'The Day of the Rose', St. Jordi's Day is the Catalan equivalent of our Valentines Day. Men present the women with a rose and in return receive a book.
World Book Day - St. Jordi's Day also served as the inspiration for World's Book Day. So you can thank the Catalans for providing the chance for your annual appearance at word dressed as Hermione Granger from Harry Potter.
Gerard Pique - As if Shakira didn't already have it all, she's also got this piece of Barcelona-born man candy for a husband! He plays for FC Barcelona and he's absolutely espléndido.
Fiestas de la Mercè - Party in the streets! This fantastic festival is held in the honour of the city's patron saint, it's like St. Patrick's in Barcelona!
In the beginning... - Legend has it that Hercules built Barcelona, although that 'fact' is widely disputed, we like to think that the story can Go the Distance...
Segway Tour - Experience the highlights of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter while riding fun-to-use Segways, once the tour's stopped, you won't want to get off! Find out more...
La Sagrada Familia - This beautiful church is a cultural landmark in the Catalan capital. It is truly stunning to behold, and it's a must-see attraction on your Barcelona hen weekend. It's taken 200 years to build... And still isn't finished!
Columbus Monument - Barcelona's equivalent to Nelson's Column is seriously impressive. Plus Columbus takes a really good selfie, who knew?!?
Las Ramblas - As its name suggests, it's a fantastic ramble up this long avenue. Cafes, bars, street artists and the adjoining roads and alleys lead through to some of the city's best shops.
Haunted Barca - The Catalan city has its fair share of ghosts and ghouls, but thankfully it seems they're largely confined to the abandoned metro stations beneath the ground, where it's said that shadows, shapes and disembodied screams have all been witnessed... Gulp!
Gaudi's Alive House - 'It's aliiiiiiiiiive!' Catalan architect Gaudi designed this phenomenal structure that actually resembles a living organism that seems to move as you explore it's weird and wonderful interior.
Going for gold - Barcelona is the first and only city in the world to have won a Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. The honour is usually bestowed on an individual, but the gents at the Royal Institute of British Architects felt that the city was just so drop dead gorgeous it deserved an award of its own.
Opium - This fabulous club is Barcelona's opiate for the city's party-loving masses. On the weekend, the Catalan glitterati let their hair down on these tiles for an energetic evening of floor-filling tunes.
Big city - Barcelona is Europe's largest metropolis on the Mediterranean coast, and the second largest city in Spain, meaning that this is probably your best chance of finding the sizzling Spanish señor of your Sangria induced fantasies!
Tapas 24 - Traditionally Spanish and tantalizingly tasty, this is the ideal sharing food and Tapas 24 is one of the best in the city!
Strictly Come Dancing! - Flamenco is one of the sexiest dance styles ever! We know, we watched Peter Andre do it on telly. You can learn the sultry art form during your Barcelona hen weekend! Learn how...
El Tossel - This reserved restaurant serves beautiful traditional Catalan dishes that are sure to satisfy your group of hungry hens while treating their palettes to the local flavours.
Arab Baths - Seeking rest and relaxation on your Barcelona hen do? The divine waters of the Arab Baths will wash away any nearly-wed worries so you can get on with your perfect Catalan weekend. See more...
The Lingo - While most people will speak Spanish during your stay, you might bump into people who speak Catalan instead, talk about confusing!?!?
Clumsy Catalonia - On average, a car accident occurs every 19 seconds in the city Monday to Thursday, with an accident every 16 seconds occurring on weekends. We'd rather walk!
Portal de l'Àngel - Barcelona's main shopping street is brilliant, but it's also one of Spain's most crowded. More than 3000 pedestrians venture here every hour. That's a lot of shoes!
Ice Bar - One of the coolest bars in town, literally! Take a look at the jaw-dropping ice sculptures and enjoy tasty cocktails in glasses made of ice. See more...
Eiffel Tower - Nope, we're not getting our wires crossed. The Eiffel Tower was originally supposed to be in Barcelona, but the Catalan government didn't want to pay so much money for such an 'ugly' monument. Bad call guys!
Danza Barcelona - Whether you're throwing shapes to smash hits in the main room or getting down to hip-hop sounds on the open air terrace you'll have a fantastic time in this massively popular club.
Tickets - This curiously named restaurants is one of the most prized tickets in town. Dining here means class and sophistication, so make sure you wear your finest frocks senoritas.
Parc de la Ciutadella - A beautiful park in the heart in the city, the perfect place to top up your tans if you've (somehow) grown tired of the beach.
Milano Cocktail Bar - The Milano is full of colour and sumptuous cocktails like the Watermelon Martini and the stunning Fantasia.
Mercat de la Barceloneta - Barcelona's biggest market hall makes our markets look positively ancient! The building is wonderfully modern and in it you'll find fantastic foods and stalls.
Strip Dinner - Muscle bound blokes? Tasty sangria? Three delicious dinner courses? Is this the perfect Barcelona hen do or what?!? Read more...
Sala Razzmatazz - This is a club with added razzamatazz for sure! Big name acts play here alongside the city's best DJs, providing the party-loving locals with a bit of the old 'razzle dazzle' on their big nights out.
Dry Martini - Your bunch of sophisticated, cocktail-drinking hens will love Dry Martini, a delightfully suave bar full of handsome gents and classic concoctions that've never tasted quite so divine.
Skateboarders - If Avril Lavigne's smash hit Sk8er Boi resonated with you from an early age then you'll be pleased to know that skating's all the rage in Barcelona, and some of the boys riding the boards are actually pretty cute...
Boca Chica - Get your cocktail-loving chica's down to this fabulous bar for properly tasty drinks and some of the hottest guys in town. That little black dress is a dead cert for Boca Chica.
Eat Street Barcelona - Tasty bites from the city's best independent street vendors.
Barcelona Experience - Insider information on Barcelona's best events.
Barcelona Metropolitan - Insightful local news and interesting articles galore!
Street Art Barcelona - The best Banksy-style urban pieces in Barcelona.
- 1. Barcelona has a fantastic climate, with summer temperatures around 29 degrees celsius
- 2. Incredible architecture, including Gaudi's spectacular creations
- 3. Fantastic beaches, the main one being divided into 5 smaller beaches
- 4. Unforgettable outdoor activities and watersports
- 5. Frequent big cultural and musical events around the city
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It's time for a hen do in Barcelona!
Barcelona - one of the very finest destinations In Europe for a hen weekend soaking in the sun! With seven beaches and average temperatures of 30 °C, Barcelona is perfect for a summer hen do. As the second biggest city in Spain, our Barcelona hen weekends are always really great fun and we can adapt weekends to suit your own personal tastes with activities ranging from cocktail mixing and salsa evenings to relaxing pampering days. Make your weekend one to remember when you book with GoHen!
Why: Reasons to celebrate a Barcelona hen weekend
If you girls are looking for the perfect destination for your hen weekend then look no further than Barcelona. Barcelona is one of the most popular and exciting city break destinations in Europe and for a hen party, it's definitely top ten material - and we're talking worldwide. The city has a very cool, edgy and fashionable vibe and it's a colourful mix of history, culture, glamour and above all, fun! Visit the majestic and famously unfinished Sagrada Familia, snack on tapas and fresh seafood and check out our range of excellent Barcelona hen activities, which includes everything from cocktail mixing and pampering days to pole dancing! Barcelona has everything a stylish hen group could possibly want. With incredible shopping to be done, long sandy beaches to visit and traditional Spanish hen activities to indulge in, there truly is something for everyone.
Day or night, Barcelona is full of options and its easy to spend the day indulging with some Catalan style pampering, sunbathing at one of Barcelona's seven beaches, adventuring with our high quality activities, taking in the culture or perhaps a yacht charter out on the water. Barcelona is great for a hen party anytime of the year, it's hot in summer, warm in winter and very, very cool all year round, meaning whatever time you're visiting there are many fabulous activities to fill your Barcelona hen do. Why not start your Saturday with a city bus tour to get your bearings, and then relax in the sun on your own yacht charter?
Shop: Barcelona shopping areas & recommendations
Barcelona is one of Europe's most fashionable cities, and here you'll find a fantastic selection of designer boutiques, fashion outlets and an endless array of shops. The Tomb bus service takes you directly to the main shopping areas (or we can pre-plan transfers for you), which departs from the Plaça Catalunya every seven minutes. Close enough to walk to from your hotel is the Passeig de Gracia and the Barri Gotic, two great shopping streets with fashion, baked goods and Spanish souvenirs. The Portal de L'Angel, just off the Plaça Catalunya, is lined with a shoppers paradise of shops, selling the most exclusive brands of clothing and accessories, or if you're after international fashion take a stroll down the Avinguda Diagonal.
Stay: Choosing your Barcelona accommodation
In and around the Barcelona city centre you'll find the best shopping, activities and nightlife, so we've found fantastic, centrally-located hen accommodation, from hostels right up to 5 star hotels. Our hostels are cost-effective and great value, or why not stay in a 2 or 3 star hotel? You and the girls could push the boat out and stay in one of our 4 or 5 star hotels, or if you're after a bit more space and the freedom to come and go as you please how about one of our city centre apartments? We've got 2, 3 and 4 bed apartments available, for more information on all of our lodging options see our Barcelona accommodation page.
Party: Your Barcelona hen weekend after dark
Barcelona comes alive at night, with street performers, bustling bars and glitzy nightclubs all adding to the mix! Around the Old Town, you'll find fantastic traditional pubs and bars, or stroll down Las Ramblas and you'll be surrounded on both sides by nightlife options. Plaça Reial is one of the main drinking areas, or we can arrange transfers to the Olympic Village. How about a guided bar crawl around the best venues in Barcelona, complete with an English-speaking guide? Or a casino experience or booze cruise, all topped off with popular VIP nightclubbing? For more information and even more fantastic ideas check out our Barcelona hen night page.
When: The best times to visit Barcelona
If you're heading to the city early on in the year then you'll be happy to know that from the 7th of January the infamous winter sales begin and shops across the city slash their prices up to 50% or 70%. The sales also make a welcome return in July and there are many discounts just before Christmas at the Barcelona Shopping Night, perfect for hen weekends in Barcelona. For the best weather you'll want to visit the city between March-September, though if you want to avoid the crowds you should go in spring or autumn when there's still usually a sunny climate. If you're going to Barcelona in April keep in mind that Easter is the most important religious celebration of the year in Barcelona - they put on a huge parade and people flock to the big religious buildings. In August there are lots of local street parties and then in September there's the La Merce Festival which is one of the most important Catalan traditions. In October there's the 48 hours Open House Festival where you can see all the various works of Gaudi as well as other big sights for free. Then over Christmas there's the huge Fira de Santa Llucia Christmas market - definitely worth a visit for incredible Christmas lights, amazing food and a jovial atmosphere!
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