Gau & Cafe – This open air bar has a really relaxed atmosphere, great drinks, great setting but it's number one ingredient is it's food. And the White Chocolate Cake is quite simply hmmmmmmmmmmm.............
Where? Calle de la Reina
Bristol Bar – Cocktail queens should take their taste buds along to this curiously English themed bar. It's not like a plastic pub, it's 100% Spanish, with a nod towards old Blighty. The food is rather fancy as well.
Where? Calle del Almirante
Bar Cock – Well, what's in a name? Thankfully the drinks are a lot better than the name would suggest, this isn't a heavy ‘dance all night' type venue but it does fill up with the party crowd before going on to dance elsewhere.
Where? Calle Tribulete
Mercado De San Miguel – Our top dining tip is to forget the tapas restaurants and head to this wonderful market. You'll find a huge range of different tapas and bites at every turn. A real foodie heaven.
Where? Plaza de San Migue
Naif – There's so much to love Madrid for and we'd certainly include Naif. This uber trendy sandwich/burger bar is the kind of place to find poets and artists... munching on fries. Plus the food is fantastic.
Where? Calle de San Joaquín
Sights & Sounds
Why wouldn't you take an Egyptian monument, pull it to pieces, transport it thousands of miles and rebuild it? Madrid did. It's just one of the many wonders to be found at Parues Reunidos, a huge public park which is the perfect spot to catch a few rays while letting the sun's magical rays help soothe any tender hen heads.
Madrid's glitterati and world famous celebs looking to party will sooner or later head to Gabana. This club can be rather exclusive but when the likes of presidents, international footballers, supermodels, movie stars are among your clientele you can probably afford to be. A simply amazing nightclub!
Velvet is one of the most modern clubs we've ever seen! Really, it's so funky we kept expecting to bump into our future selves. And the music is superb!
In the Diary
March - Carnival. Madrid's party loving locals take to the streets for concerts, parades, fireworks and typical Spanish late night living.
June - Mula Fest. It's all about da streets innit. Street food, urban art, culture, beats. It's gonna be well wicked, ya get me? (or Spanish slang equivalent).
June – Suma Flamenca. An incredibly wonderful and passionate look at all things Flamenco. Ole!
September - Dcode. Huge names jet in from around the world jet in to take part in the city's largest music festival.
Top of the Shops
Madrid is all about style, fashion designers and supermodels can often be seen in Salamanca, one of the city's trendiest areas, which is awash with top designer brands. Even if you don't want to send your credit card into meltdown, as window shopping goes, its a shopperholics paradise. Where else in the world would you find a shop that only sells capes?
Calle Preciados – Head to this central street to find top well known and familiar brands and El Corte Ingles, Spain's largest department stores.
Plaza Mayor – For more local and charm, the area behind Plaza Mayor has more traditional crafts and real colour.
Gran Vila – Just to the north of this main thoroughfare you'll find a number of independent boutiques and designers that won't break the bank.
Girls About Town - Getting around Madrid...
This hugely cosmopolitan city has an excellent travel network so you can wear those new heels with confidence (and then ride home). The underground Metro system is the city's artery, you can buy 1 & 21 day travelcards which allow you to travel on all forms of public transport.
Or if you're feeling fit you can hop on a BiciMAD public bike.
So what exactly does a hen party get up to in Madrid? Actually it's what can't a hen party do in Madrid? It's really no wonder this city is so loved by celebrities from Victoria Beckham to Beyonce. Horse Riding, Cocktail Mixing, Spanish Cookery Class, Flamenco or Salsa Dance Class or perhaps just relax in the Arabian Baths. See more...
Madrid is undoubtedly one of the greatest party destinations in the world. It mixes chic, sexy sophistication, adds a little flamenco heat, a drop or two of red wine and then takes it to some of Spain's finest nightclubs. However you want to party, Madrid offers a little something for everyone; Flamenco Show & Dinner, Opera, Male Strip Show, Ice Bar, Guest List Nightclubbing. See all our nightlife options...
It's time for a hen weekend in Madrid!
Bienvenidos a Madrid! The capital of Spain provides an absolutely stunning backdrop for any hen weekend with masses of beautiful architecture to see, fantastic shopping to do and a strong cultural environment to explore. Perfect for a city hen do in the sun, our Madrid weekends are always a winner with ladies who are looking for something a little classier than the usual rowdy resorts. From the lively fiestas to the refreshing water park and cool ice bar, you'll never be stuck for something new to try on a vibrant Madrid hen do! Why not give us a call today and get your weekend moving?
Why: Reasons to celebrate a Madrid hen party
There are so many options to choose between on a Madrid hen do - enjoy a leisurely afternoon in a vast green park or a rejuvenating spa afternoon followed by partying in some of the best nightlife areas in the world. There's more than enough to keep you busy and the girls will love Madrid! The city itself is the gateway to Spain, with excellent transport links, a short flight time from London and an extremely animated nightlife, as well as countless attractions and activities which promise to make your trip totally and utterly special. Madrid's strong cultural influences can also be detected in the dozens of art galleries, museums and theatres laced throughout the Spanish capital's streets, providing the perfect opportunity to while away a few sun-soaked hours!
Celebrating in Madrid is a fantastic way to blend fun daytimes with unforgettable evenings. From sightseeing at some of Spain's most famous museums to heart-pumping bungee jumping and the ever-cool ice bar experience, you'll leave the weekend away with nothing but incredible memories.
Shop: Madrid shopping areas & recommendations
Madrid has a really vibrant shopping scene, with international brands lying side by side, local shops and stylish boutiques. Stores in this city tend to have late opening times, often 10am-10pm and you'll find a great range of goodies for sale including clothing, shoes, wine, crafts and souvenirs etc – perfect for a little retail therapy! One of the most popular shopping areas in the city is the Salamanca District, one of the most upscale neighbourhoods where you'll discover cool restaurants, fashionable bars and luxurious shops. As well as taking a window shop down the main streets Calle Serrano and Calle Velazquez, you can find some great local shops along the smaller streets, including Calle Claudio Coello and Calle Lagasca. If it's retail therapy you're after then Madrid is a real treat - just take a stroll in and around the city centre for well-known names and retail gems to enjoy on your trip and take back home with you.
Stay: Choosing your Madrid accommodation
Madrid's popular neighbourhoods include Alonso Martinez and Barrio de las Letras, both of which have a lively atmosphere and a great range of restaurants, bars and clubs – ideal while in Madrid. You'll be within an easy walk or taxi journey between your base and the heart of Madrid. Fortunately, we offer top quality, great value accommodation in excellent locations and you'll and your group will always benefit from our high standards and extensive experience. Whether you want to stay in a comfortable 3 star hotel or would rather rest in a modern, luxury apartment, GoHen has you 100% covered!
Party: Where Madrid hen parties head after dark
You'll find Madrid's best nightlife north of Gran Via, around the Calle Fuencarral area. There are also some great bars and clubs around the Plaza de Dos de Mayo, or for something a little more relaxed (think sipping wine at an outdoor café) the La Latina area is fantastic for wine bars and traditional tapas restaurants on your Madrid hen party. If you want to mingle with the locals at a diverse selection of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, the Huertas district is the perfect place to head, or for rock music and cheap and cheerful drinks, the Bajos de Arguelles area is ideal, boasting traditional calimocho meaning red wine and coke (we don't blame you if you give this one a miss) and a convenient metro stop.
When: The best times to visit Madrid
Madrid's got a fantastic range of year-round events that caters to all interests and tastes, from musical events to family-friendly fiestas and colourful parades. Pay a visit in January for the Cavalcade of the Three Kings, May for Festimad, an annual music festival, or Suma Flamenco, with flamenco singing, dancing and guitars music. In July the Fiestas de la Virgen del Carmen kicks off with music, dancing and a fair, then in August the Castizo Fiestas celebrate the feast days of San Cayetano. Towards the end of the year (October and November) Festival de Ontono takes place with dance, theatre, music and artists from all over the world. Whenever you visit this vibrant, bustling city for your Madrid hen do, there's certain to be crowds cheering somewhere!
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