Albufeira hen weekend itinerary
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 so here’s my Albufeira hen weekend itinerary…
How to get there
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. There are flights to Faro available for pretty cheap from all major UK airports. The short flight time means that you don’t waste any precious drinking time!
We also booked a transfer from the airport for our Albufeira hen weekend as there were quite a few of us, but if there are less of you, you can jump in a taxi, the resort is only about 30 minutes from the airport.
Where to stay
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 around €45 each. There were five of us sharing an apartment. They were basic apartments but absolutely perfect for an Albufeira hen do as we barely spent any time in the room.
Save: Orange Terrace Hostel
This hostel looks so cool and it’s location is perfect for exploring Albufeira. It’s got quirky interiors and an outside space which reminds me of Ibiza. If I was on a budget I’d book a bed here.
Splurge: Epic Sana Algarve Hotel
This hotel is in between Albufeira and the more expensive resort of Vilamoura and is set in a landscaped pine forest with direct access to the beach. I would definitely book this for a more expensive hen weekend. There is also a spa here – heavenly!
Where to eat
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 hen parties, as weddings can be so expensive for guests, you don’t want to also 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 for an Albufeira hen party.
Where to party
Don’t get me wrong, the main strip of bars and clubs in Albufeira is pretty lively but it’s not up there with Magalluf in terms of wildness, although there are plenty of hen and stag groups, especially in the high summer season.
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. It’s a bit more traditional Portuguese than the rest of the resort.
Things to do in Albufeira
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. There are so many options for Algarve hen weekends.
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!
I had a great weekend in Albufeira and I can’t wait to get back to Portugal. 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]