Destino 56 - This airy, light bar sits right next to Malvarrosa Beach, so whether you're in need of refreshment after an oh-so-taxing day of topping up your tans or the hens are simply searching for the most ambient venues in Valencia, this stylish cocktail lounge is sure to provide a drinks selection as stunning as its ocean views.
Where? Paseo Neptuno, 56 46011, Valencia
Hawaika - Tikki-themed venues are always effortlessly cool, and this unique bar is no exception. With a wide range of tropical fish as well as a few parrots on display, there's a fantastic atmosphere that you'll absolutely love. Step into this Polynesian wonderland...'If you like Pina Colada...'
Where? Calle Heroe Romeu, 6 46008, Valencia
Jimmy Glass Jazz Bar - Music loving hens rejoice, this vibrant venue provides delicious cocktails, tasty tapas and the kind of riotous jazz music that makes us want to spend all night on the dance floor with a Margarita in hand. Soak in the low lights of this trendy spot and party like its 1920...'and all that jazz!'
Where? Carrer de Baix, 28 46003, Valencia
Casa Carmela - Foodies are sure to be aware that Paella was born in Valencia, and no trip to this stunning city would be complete without tasting the original recipe. That's exactly what Casa Carmela offers you; a traditional dining experience in wonderfully antiquated surroundings next to one of the city's most beautiful beaches.
Where? Carrer d'Isabel de Villena, 155 46011, Valencia
Casa Montana - This stylish restaurant is well known as a meeting place for local politicians, intellectuals, artists and possibly your bunch of giggling hens! Treat yourselves to some delicious gastronomical creations including fried anchovy fillets and cod croquettes that are sure to tantalise your taste buds.
Where? Calle Jose Benlliure, 69 46011, Valencia
Sights & Sounds
It's almost impossible to visit Valencia without reading about it, hearing about it or seeing it way, way off in the distance; The City of Arts and Sciences really is worth your time. The striking modern architecture is incredible, and what lies inside is even more stunning. There's an opera house, science museum and planetarium, but it's the aquarium (Europe's largest) that impresses us most with its wide range of weird and wonderful fish - failing that, there's always plenty of beaches, Malvarrosa being the local favourite!
Electropura looks as if a Spanish architect from the 1970's got rather tipsy one evening and decided to design his dream disco, and when he woke up the next day, decided to build it! This lively venue is seriously funky, and the emphasis here is solely on drinking and dancing with your nearest and dearest to retro-chic vinyl sounds. Perfecto!
Where? Carrer del Pintor Salvador Abril, 20 46005, Valencia
As you'd expect, Spanish clubs can get pretty humid...unless they're outside! L'Umbracle is a massive open air nightlife venue where you can party amidst palm trees and other exotic plants indigenous to Valencia. This huge walkway is usually part of the City of Arts and Sciences, but on selected evenings it transforms into a luxurious party-goers paradise.
Where? Av. del Professor Lopez Pinero, 7 46013, Valencia
In the Diary
February - Carnaval. Make like David Bowie and start dancing in the street, it's time to party! Valencia's carnival is lively and fabulously festive.
March - Fallas. A quirky, unusual festival that you really have to see for yourselves. Locals build massive paper mache models depicting anything and everything - only to burn them at the end of the week in la crema!
June - La Tomatina. You've seen it on telly, and now it's your chance to experience it first hand. Take part in a world-famous food fight just outside of Valencia; just remember to bring a pair of goggles!
June - Night of Saint Juan. Also known as ‘The Night of the Witches', this national holiday draws the people of Valencia to the beaches in their droves as they celebrate both San Juan and the coming of summer - that means music, bonfires and plenty of dancing.
Top of the Shops
Valencia has a reputation for effortless style when it comes to the wardrobe, and the city's fashionistas have a passion for fashion that you'll be desperate to emulate during your time here. Psst, we'll let you in on a secret though. Those same stylish senors and senoritas didn't break the bank for their wears, and you won't have to either!
KAUF Vintage - Head to this centrally located fashion boutique and discover some stunning bargains that have been curated from London, Berlin and Amsterdam.
Where? Carrer de Cadis, 38 46006, Valencia
La Casita de Papel - Retro-chic loving brides-to-be will love this niche little store nestled away just off the gran via. There are steals here that'll look as if you've paid top dollar when you hit the clubs back home in your good-as-new Spanish threads.
Where? Calle Denia, 6 46006 Valencia
Sister Birkin - As well as discovering some truly beautiful side streets on your way here, you'll also find a wide range of clothing imports from the world over. What's more is that it's so cheap that you probably won't be able to resist making a cheeky purchase - we couldn't!
Where? Carrer de la Sabateria dels Wiquets, 11 46001, Valencia
Girls About Town - Getting around Valencia...
As with most cities, there's a few ways to get around Valencia, the most obvious of which being the buses, but there's also a quick metro system as well a train network that can take you to select areas of the city and beyond.
Or if you're tired of being stuck on the bus, why don't you take a breath of fresh air with a Valenbisi public bike hire?
On your Valencia hen do, you'll discover that there's so, so much more than sun, sea and sexy Spaniards. This fabulous city is a paradise for hens, and there's a bounty of memorable activities that could be perfect for your big weekend. Visit the rejuvenating Hot Springs or top up your tans aboard our Catamaran Lunch Cruise. If the senoritas are seeking a little more adventure, our Sea Kayaking, Canyoning and Abseiling options are all worthy of any party who fancy themselves as would-be Charlie's Angels!
Valencia is definitely the dark horse in the race for the best nights out in Spain, and there's plenty of no-good to be getting up to once the sun goes down. Whether you're sailing the coast on a Booze Cruise, embarking on a Sunset Catamaran Cruise or enjoying some tasty drinks with some sizzling on-stage entertainment, you'll have a truly memorable evening. Of course, we don't want you wasting valuable time in any queues, so we'll arrange guestlist entry into the best clubs in Valencia, all you have to do is turn up ready for a great night of dancing!
- 1. Valencia's beautiful, tranquil beaches
- 2. Being the birthplace of paella, the food's fresh and tasty
- 3. The compact, historic Old Town centre
- 4. The culture - Valencia's packed with museums, galleries and theatres
- 5. The warm Mediterranean climate
It's time for a hen party in Valencia!
Famous for its absolutely fabulous climate, beautiful beaches and sparkling nightlife, Valencia is one of the most lively and vibrant cities in the whole of Spain. Situated near Ibiza, Valencia is lively all year round and has 10 miles of stunning beaches as well as great value nightlife, tasty fresh seafood and a rich cultural scene. What more could you possibly ask for!? When you book with GoHen, we'll take care of everything on your Valencia hen do and make sure that the trip goes without a hitch from start to finish.
Why: Reasons to celebrate in Valencia
If the city's striking beaches, sparkling nightlife and Space Age architecture isn't reason enough to take the girls away for a Valencia hen party, how about the fantastic range of daytime activities and the delicious cuisine on offer? From the people to the paella, there really are so many reasons to visit and your friends will love it. Spend the morning on a catamaran before enjoying a cocktail mixing session through the afternoon, then get the evening going with a tasty tapas tour. After that, your evening awaits with excellent bars and guestlist nightclubbing at the best clubs in the city.
Valencia's strong culture is another reason to visit - it's packed with museums, theatres, fairs and art galleries as well as great events and festivals all year round. In between visiting sights and cultural happenings you can wander to the beach and relax under the sun, plus all of this can be enjoyed in the gorgeous Mediterranean climate! You and the girls will have a fantastic, unforgettable time in Valencia and we'll be with you every step of the way to help organise the whole weekend.
Shop: Valencia shopping areas & recommendations
Valencia's a fantastic place to shop, mainly because it's so compact and is very easy to get around. You'll find the main shopping area around Calle Colon, including three huge branches of El Corte Ingles, the Spanish department store chain. It's a bustling, friendly street with all the main fashion brands such as Zara, as well as designer boutiques, cafes and restaurants. From Calle Colon you'll find even more shopping choice - take a stroll down Calle Jorge Juan and you'll see the Art Nouveau masterpiece Mercado Colon, which has been recently restored to perfection and is a fabulous place to have a coffee and do some shopping on your Valencia hen do. Another popular choice is Poeta Querrol, a chic street where you'll find some beautiful designer stores and at its centre, the beautiful gothic palace which is home to the National Ceramics Museum. Lastly make time to explore the Barrio del Carmen, a maze of streets with one-off boutiques and a huge range of quirky restaurants and bars.
Stay: Choosing your Valencia hen do accommodation
The Calle Colon area is close to all the main activities, restaurants and nightlife in the area, making it a central hub for any stay in the city. As well as being close to everything it's got a friendly atmosphere, and you'll find visitors and locals rubbing shoulders in the beautiful sunny surroundings, which is ideal. As such, we'd recommend this area as the main base for your stay. Fortunately we offer a group-pleasing selection of accommodation around this area to suit all needs and budgets. Whether you want to stay in one of our central 3 star hotels, our luxurious 4 star hotels or even in a city-centre apartment, we've got something to suit every group and you'll be well placed to enjoy your weekend to the full!
Party: Where Valencia hen parties head after dark
Valencia's party scene starts late in the evening, only getting into full swing around midnight and there are clubs and bars to cater to all tastes. The busiest nightlife scene is in the Barrio del Carmen district, particularly Calle Caballeros and the side streets going off from this. Other areas around this district which are popular with partygoers are Plaza Canovas and the area around the University but the easiest to get to by far is Barrio del Carmen. Here you'll find Irish bars mixing with traditional Spanish pubs and glitzy bars. To find the best bars in the city, we'll arrange for an English-speaking guide on to take you around the best venues, or you could even spend an evening session cocktail mixing before joining in the nightlife here! Whatever you decide to do, top it off with guestlist entry at one of Valencia's best nightclubs and you're onto a winner!
When: The best times to visit for a hen party in Valencia
Valencia has a range of festivals and events taking place all year round, from musical events to religious fiestas and sporting shows. One of the most popular is La Tomatina (AKA the Valencia Tomato Fight), which sees an attendance of around 44,000 people, who indulge in a mass fight where tomatoes are vigorously hurled at one another! The Feria de Julio, which takes place in July, is also well worth visiting and celebrates with nightly entertainment, including concerts and firework displays, or visit in summer for the Campus Party celebrating innovation and technology. On the 5th of January each year there's the La Cabalgata y La Noche de Reyes, when the streets of Valencia are filled with decorations to welcome the new year and the three Magis arrive on horses, or pay a visit in October for the Film Festival which celebrates with film showings and film-related activities. No matter when you visit for your hen do, there'll certainly be something going on somewhere to get the crowds gathering!