Why Portugal is great for a hen do
A couple of weekends ago, I travelled to Portugal for a friend’s hen do. I absolutely love Portugal (find out why here) but I’ve only ever visited Albufeira in the Algarve with my family before so I was really intrigued to see whether it would make a good hen do destination. I had a great weekend and here are some of the reasons why Portugal is great for a hen do…
1. It’s close
One good thing about Portugal is that it’s really quick and easy to get there from the UK – our flight from Manchester took three hours and I think it’s even quicker from East Midlands or Birmingham airports. This means that you don’t waste any precious drinking time!
2. It’s cheap
This is one of the things I love most about Portugal – it is SO reasonable! We stayed in the Oura Bay Hotel Apartments and it was only €45 each. They were basic apartments but absolutely perfect for a hen do as we barely spent any time in the room. Food and drinks are also cheap – you can get main meals at dinner for less than €10 and if you drink pints, these are usually €2 (although cocktails are usually between €5 and €8. I only spent about €200 for the whole weekend. This is perfect for a hen do, as weddings can be so expensive for guests, you don’t want to spend a fortune on the hen do.
We ate at Urban Pizza on the first night delicious seafood pasta and super cheap wine and we got to see the sunset from here. We also ate at Indian Night Tandoori Restaurant in the old town of Albufeira which was definitely one of the best curries I’ve ever had. As well as this, we visited various bars in town for breakfasts, where toasties were a budget-friendly option.
3. It’s not TOO rowdy
Don’t get me wrong, the main strip in Albufeira is pretty lively but it’s not up there with Magalluf in terms of wildness. There’s also the Old Town where you can go for dinner and drinks if you’d like a bit more of a relaxed night.
4. There’s plenty to do
From boat trips to exploring caves, beach clubs and surfing, there’s so much to do in the Algarve that if drinking isn’t your thing, your hen will still have plenty of fun. There are lots of beaches to discover and little towns to explore as well and there’s the option of a villa holiday if you’ve got a big group so you can just relax and have BBQs.
I took myself on a solo adventure one afternoon to explore the beach at Albufeira and it was really stunning – I even dipped my toes in the water, although it was freezing!
Roll on the wedding this weekend! What are your favourite hen do destinations? Let me know in the comments!
[I was sent a playsuit from Hunkemoller for inclusion in this feature]