It’s hosted Olympics, been sung about by George and Freddie, and is home to artists, musicians and philosophers. And I’m the lucky man getting to pack my bag and go explore one of the world’s greatest party cities. It’s a tough job…
You see, here at GoHen, we don’t just pick a hotel, close our eyes and hope for the best. While not all hen companies are so thorough, we insist on visiting all our destinations regularly to ensure our hens get the best weekends and we get you the best prices.
Our Barcelona Destination Specialist Symon Stephens reports back on the best of Barcelona hen parties.
Best Bar For Laughs
Chupitos – There are just so many reasons to love Chupitos, 500 of them are the shots you can buy, starting at just €2 a drink. Yes, they have over 200 different shots available, some delicious, some ‘nasty!’ but all lethal. The décor is cool, the bar staff are really friendly, and the tunes are good. A great place to start any big night out.
Chupitos – Passeig de Colom, 8, 08002 Barcelona
Best Local Poison
Spain produces some excellent wines. In particular, there are some reds from the Catalonia region which are definitely worth getting acquainted with. Full-blooded, dark, passionate, if I was a good wine critic, I’d be using all those words but I’m not, I’m just a bloke who enjoys good wine, sitting in the evening air along Las Ramblas as he watches the world go by.
Best Local Bar
Sor Rita – Ken and Barbie dolls in sex positions, blasphemous religious icons, and more kitsch than a drag queen’s Christmas tree, this weird bar is amazingly cheap and all kinds of odd, in a good way. Playing mostly Spanish music you’ll also find Spanish drinks and Spanish snacks. If you really want to go local, this is the place to do it, right in the heart of the vibrant Gothic Quarter.
Sor Rita – Carrer de la Mercè, 27, 08002 Barcelona
If you’re heading out in Barca there are three main areas.
- La Ramblas, the famous avenue is lined with bars and restaurants that come alive at night, it’s also a great spot to people watch.
- Gothic Quarter (Barrio Gotico), home to some of the best bars and restaurants in the city, this is the place, to explore and where you’ll find the locals.
- Port Olympic, you’ll find the most flamboyant and shouty of the bars and clubs here. The area is far more about being seen, but if you like clubs, this is the place.
Top 5 Things to Do in Barcelona
- Spain Games – Packed full of hilarious games, it’s like your own giant game show experience.
- Cocktail Mixing – Shake what yo mama gave you as you learn to make classic summer cocktails.
- Private Cruise – Hit the waves and drift away on your own private catamaran. Tan-tastic!
- Spanish Cooking – Learn how to cook wonderfully authentic Spanish cuisine.
- Arab Baths – A simply amazing experience in these historic baths. Pure bliss!
Tapas! Clearly. But this is the real deal, packed with flavour and the best local ingredients. You’ll find tapas all over the city, but my top tip would be to head to the Gothic Quarter and look for where the locals are dining. Grab a table and enjoy the true taste of the city.
Did I sit down, order too much but eat it all anyway? Yes, yes I did, and after so many visits to Barcelona, I really should know better!
There are so many to choose from but if it was me choosing (and I’m putting my hen hat on) I’d go Cowgirl Training. It’s really intense but brilliant, you get to try horse riding, lassoing and target shooting, like a real cowgirl, in a stunning location. It’s one of those experiences that you just never forget and it’s brilliant fun for a group of friends.
Read more about Cowgirl Training.
Best Way to Get About the City
Barcelona has a metro (underground) train system which covers the city from the beaches to the bars, to the best shops and biggest landmarks. Grab a Hola BCN travel card for the best deals and hop-on, hop-off travel.
Top Barcelona Tip
Shopping. If you’re a fashionista or simply a lady who likes her clothes, Barca is packed with stores and designers you won’t see back home. The Spanish love their outfits, they’re very good quality and, in particular, bags, shoes and leather goods are excellent. Not something I reported when I got home, I don’t think my credit cards could take that kind of a battering.
Anything to Declare
I am a little bit in love with Barcelona, it just has a great feel and there’s so much to see and do there, whether you want to party, shop, relax on the beach, catch a live band or catch your own dinner, it’s a city that never disappoints and I already can’t wait to go back again.