Cinco Lounge - This is a cocktail bar with a difference. Dripping with elegance and chic design, the Cinco is a fabulous addition to a truly memorable evening.
Foxtrot - We love this bonkers bar, part London boozer, part Mediterranean themed speakeasy, it really is a crazy mix topped off with fantastic tunes and a superb drinks menu.
Clube Ferroviario - Bars like this are the reason sand was invented! Every stretch of beach should end with a fantastic beach bar. As well as ice cool cocktails you'll find amazing food and a great early evening atmosphere.
La Paparrucha - Meat eaters will love this amazing restaurant with the very best Argentinian steak on offer. The staff all speak perfect English and are happy to explain anything on the menu for you.
Open Brasserie - Featuring the flavours of the Mediterranean, this sleek, trendy restaurant serves clean, succulent, crispy flavours from across the region and is very well priced.
Sights & Sounds
The Parque Das Nacoes is a particularly impressive park where you can lay out, enjoy a little sun and rest any weary hen heads. Alternately the shops in the Alfama area of the city make for great retail therapy.
Ministerium is one of Lisbon's trendiest clubs. As well as a great bar and restaurant the club itself boasts a fantastic sound system and has some great guest DJ's dropping by.
In the Diary
June - Santo Antonio Festival - The city's biggest party with great food, drinks and plenty of local flavour.
July - Superbock - Huge headline acts drop by Lisbon's largest musical festival.
August - Jazz em Agosto - "Jazz in August" It's a festival of Jazz. In August.
Top of the Shops
Lisbon is simply superb for shopping. There is something for everyone from vintage markets to top international designers.
Feira da Ladra - Tuesdays and Saturdays until 1pm you'll find a great flea market that is full of retro and vintage design gems. It's is well worth a rummage to snap up some real bargains. Where? Campo de Santa Clara.
Luvaria Ulisses - This incredible little shop on Rua do Carmo sells nothing but gloves. That might sound odd until you feel the quality of the leather of these timeless, classic accessories. Where? Rua do Carmo.
Lx Market - On Sundays, housed in a giant disused factory you'll find a wide range of second hand and new contemporary and hippy chic clothes, jewellery and oddities. Where? Av. da India.
Girls About Town - Getting around Lisbon...
The city's Metro (underground train) system is excellent and while the announcements are made in Portuguese the ticket machines are bilingual so you'll have no problem with tickets. A day pass is a cost effective way to make the most of your ticket. Bicycle hire is also popular in Lisbon and a great, healthy way to get about.
Glorious Lisbon! Ok we admit it, it's one of our favourite European destinations, not simply because of the stunning weather and incredible nightlife, but the sheer range of incredible activities we dive into every time we're there. Surfing, Burlesque Lessons, High Ropes, Wine Tasting, Cocktail Mixing... The list is endless and it's simply impossible to not have fun in lovely Lisbon. See more...
In our opinion Lisbon is simply one of the sexiest cities in the world, the local senoritas, the seňors, the hot Latin, the sophisticated bars and clubs... Sigh! Yep, you can't help but be smitten kittens. To make sure you don't miss a thing have your nightlife all booked in advance with the guest list entry and reservations to the hottest Clubs, Restaurants, Casino and Bars. You can even opt for a Guided Bar Crawl.
It's time for a hen weekend in Lisbon!
Known to some as the San Francisco of Europe because of its fantastic sunny climate and the striking Abril Bridge which is the spitting image of its American counterpart, the Golden Gate Bridge. The streets are relaxed, quaint, winding and pretty and it's easy to while away your whole day hopping between cafes and bars, wandering along gorgeous beaches and then designer shopping, a trip to a club and a jazz bar at night on your Lisbon hen weekend. This understated capital really does have a huge amount to offer and can hold its own against the better known European capitals.
Why: reasons to celebrate a Lisbon hen do
Lisbon offers all the delights you'd expect from Portugal's sunny capital city with quaint museums, art galleries and Romanesque, Gothic and traditional Portuguese buildings all adding to its colourful cityscape. There are great shopping centres, striking sights and delicious restaurants wherever you go, as well as a fantastic range of activities to fill in the gaps. Whatever your group are after, chances are the city will have something to fit the bill on your Lisbon hen weekend - and the girls will absolutely love it!
Lisbon's a real delight for a hen group wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of other more congested European cities but it also has plenty of options on offer when you feel like trying a little more action. How about making the most of the striking coastline with surfing lessons, or putting pedal to metal with go karting? We've got 16 fantastic activities for your Lisbon hen do, so whether you're after total relaxation or high octane adrenaline, the city has something to offer. Check out our Lisbon activity page and let us know which would be best for your hen party.
Shop: Lisbon shopping areas & recommendations
Lisbon is one of Europe's best shopping destinations, with huge shopping centres, popular high street shops and independent boutiques for your Lisbon hen do. Head downtown to Baixa where you'll find the Rossio, Augusta Street and Freedom Avenue, all lively shopping areas with excellent jewellers and old buildings to visit in Lisbon. You'll find all the main high street stores at Rua Augusta such as Zara, Benetton, Levi's and H&M. If you're after more luxurious brands however, take a walk up the Avenida da Liberdade, where you'll find Louis Vuitton, Armani and Burberry. The famous small shopping centre, Armazéns do Chiado, is home to some great local shops and nearby a large Marc Jacobs shop opened in front of the famous Theatre. Whatever you're after, Lisbon's fantastic shopping scene is bound to have something to suit!
Stay: choosing your Lisbon accommodation
When planning your Lisbon accommodation, one of the most important elements to consider is your location and handily, all of our options are central and comfortable, meaning that all the main nightlife areas and sights are well within walking distance. Thinking about any specific requirements you and your group might have such as parking, as well as any location preferences like being close to the main shops or a train station are important and we're always happy to help you find the perfect hotel! Whatever your accommodation requirements might be, we've got a great range of options, from our incredible value 2 stars to spacious 4 star hotels. See all our accommodation options here and let us know which suits your Lisbon hen do best.
Party: where to head after dark
Lisbon has some truly fantastic nightlife areas. In the hilltop Barrio Alto district, you'll find a lively and vibrant nightlife lining the narrow streets with dozens of restaurants, bars and nightclubs attracting party revellers until dawn - there's more than 100 bars and restaurants to try out here! The traditional downtown area is popular for nightclubs, with many party spots having a late closing time and be sure to check out Cais do Sodre square for big disco clubs and a range of great bars. It's also advisable to add some pre-planned entertainment, whether that's a high speed casino evening, a tasty restaurant meal or a guided bar crawl from an English-speaking local guide. There's something to suit the requirements of every Lisbon hen do crowd!
When: the best times to visit Lisbon
Lisbon tends to be sunny all year round, making it a great place for outdoor activities like surfing and bike hiring on most months of the year. As well as this, there are some great annual festivals and events - in January there's the Winter Festival with music and art, then March celebrates the tasty International Chocolate Festival, and in April try out the Lisbon Fish and Flavours Festival for some tasty bites. In May there's the Rock in Rio Festival with international bands on three stages and then in June there's the Lisbon Book Festival. Whenever you visit, you can be sure of sunny, bright and enticing local festivals on your Lisbon hen do!