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In our opinion, Algarve is pretty much as close as you can get to paradise. It's got approximately 200km of golden sandy beaches, clear warm sea, and one of the sunniest climates in Europe. It's already the most popular tourist destination in Portugal, and one of the most popular in Europe - with almost 10 million visitors looking to party per year, Algarve's allure is undeniable. And when you add in the combination of elegant bars and wild nightclubs, Algarve makes an ideal hen night destination.
The Algarve has a wonderfully vibrant nightlife, with a great mix from mellow beach bars to all night parties! There's something for everyone, and with a huge number of bars and clubs spread all along the seafront and glitzy cocktail bars set high above the skyline you'll be well placed to celebrate in style. Head to the Vilamoura Marina, where you'll find great bars and pubs as well as a friendly atmosphere and live music most nights, or take the girls over to the Quinta do Lago area you'll find fresh seafood restaurants and lively nightlife venues. Between visiting areas it's important to pre-plan some entertainment for your Algarve hen night, and we've found the best entertainment options in the area to make sure you party the night away and the girls love it! How about heading to one of the Algarve's best casinos to roll some dice, play some roulette and have a laugh with the girls? Or we can arrange a guided bar crawl, given by an English-speaking local around the best bars and pubs in the area - you'll save time and avoid disappointment! Whatever you decide to do, you'll have a great time in this lively Portuguese region!
There really isn't anywhere in the Algarve that isn't a great holiday destination, but if you're looking for a sparkling and varied nightlife, Albufeira is the city for you. Along the area known as ‘the Strip' (towards Areias de So Joo) there are lively and busy bars, which often stay open until four in the morning, and Albufeira's largest nightclub. In summer, this is one of the busiest and most dynamic areas in Albufeira, though it does quieten down in winter. If you're looking for something a little more laid back, the Old Town is more relaxed, though still full with plenty of buzzing bars open to the early hours.
Although the Algarve has a multitude of activities to do during the day, the nightlife is largely dominated by the bar scene. However, if you and the ladies are looking for something a little more laid back, there are plenty of restaurants around to relax, eat, and sip a glass of wine in - restaurants on the Albufeira Marina offer stunning views out over the ocean as you eat. Making the most of the cooler weather at night is also a good idea; take this opportunity to go for a walk along the beach and see the sun set over the water. Unforgettable!
Walking around Albufeira (and Algarve in general) is the easiest way of travelling, and can be a really pleasant way to take in the beauty of the city - as well as topping up your sun tan too! If you do decide to take a cab, they can usually be found around city centres or train stations. If you want to go a little further, GoHen can arrange all of your transfers for you - and save you the hassle of trying to work out the easiest way to get around in the meantime!
Algarve is a fantastic hen night destination if you're looking to dance the night away - bars and clubs both often stay open until well in to the morning, especially in summer months. Where you go to party depends very much on what area of the Algarve you're staying in. Albufeira has the largest concentration of nightclubs, though Vilamoura is a close second. Along the strip and throughout the rest of the city the clubs play primarily a mix of house, club and electro music.
There are dozens of bars along the strip - just pick a start point and work your way along! Most of the bars have a large selection of cocktails and shots - try Cuica or Patcha. If you're hoping for something a little tamer, head to Old Town instead. Libertos is a cosmopolitan cocktail bar, with highly rated live music in the early evening, and a DJ later into the night. Bank Restaurant and Bar is open for the same hours as the bars on the Strip, but with food and a more relaxed atmosphere, it's great for those who aren't looking to be on their feet all night. And Le Club is just a little outside Albufeira, but with a chic and stylish cocktail bar and Italian menu, it's well worth the journey.
The food in Algarve is largely centred around traditional Portuguese dishes, and the fresh seafood caught in local areas. Finding cuisine from other countries isn't easy, but there are Japanese, Dutch, Irish, Indian, and Chinese options available, and Italian is very popular. For local and fish dishes, Os Arcos is wildly popular with tourists and locals alike so you may want to book in advance. O'Leme serves both fantastic steak and seafood, so it's an excellent choice if you're in a group with diverse tastes. For hens on a budget, A Tasquinha do Rossio is incredible value. At the other end of the scale, try Vila Joya for Michelin starred food. And if you're all missing home and looking for some comfort food? Little Britain Bar and Restaurant can whip you up a roast dinner in no time. With regards to etiquette in Algarve, tipping is generally around 10%, or a little higher - they won't include service charges on the bill, so remember to add it on yourselves if you wish to tip. Restaurants and bars will probably open later than you're used to, frequently not serving until seven in the evening. Our specialist knowledge of the area can be used to help you find a restaurant that meets your tastes and budget.
If you're hoping to get out the UK for a some fun in the sun, there's no better destination than the Algarve! The beautiful weather, the vibrant nightlife - and with GoHen's range of activities, your days can be as action-packed or laidback as you want. Why not go for one of our packages, to make sure you get the most out of your Algarve hen night? We'll also recommend the best bars and clubs around to ensure you experience the best of Algarve, before dropping you off at the airport the next day. Alternatively, try our Beach Babes package! As well as the 4* hotel, you'll also be able to go on a BBQ cruise - a full day trip out to sea, including a BBQ on a beach accessible only by boat! There's no better way to soak up the sun. All of our packages are customisable, or if you've got something specific in mind, take a look at our website and create your own beautiful Algarve hen night!