Albufeira Hen Do

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Albufeira Hen Parties

Situated on Portugal’s beautiful Algarve coastline, Albufeira was once a peaceful fishing village but has blossomed into a beautiful and bustling hen party destination. The year-round sunshine, gorgeous sandy beaches and eclectic nightlife makes this one hell of place to celebrate that super important last weekend of freedom! There are two main areas, the Old Town and the Strip.

The Strip is situated in the Montechoro area where you can party bars and clubs for almost 24 hours a day! Take your Albufeira hen party here to experience some of Portugal’s wildest and loudest nightlife.

The picturesque Old Town features cobblestone streets with mosaic patterns, shops, bars and restaurants. Come nightfall though, it’s nice and lively with live music and entertainment. The main square is Largo Duarte Pacheco. It’s a great place to grab a bite to eat and people watch.

And we haven’t even told you about the beaches yet! They’re sooo good here; white and golden sand and crystal-clear water’s that’s so inviting and perfect for watersports during your hen weekend in Albufeira. Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman’s Beach) sits at the front of the Old Town. It’s friendly and relaxed by day and electric by night. In the daytime, head up to its viewpoint called Pau da Bandeira. It’s got panoramic views over Albufeira including the beach, sea, boats and white houses that are perfect for a pic or two.

Praia da Oura is the party beach. Close to the Strip, it’s really popular with young party goers so you’re sure to bump into other hen and stag groups as you explore the buzzing bars and clubs in this area. Another great one is Praia de Falesia, known for its stunning rock formations. It’s even been compared to the Grand Canyon!

There’s so much more to a hen party in Albufeira than just beaches and bars. We’ve also got an enormous range of fun activities to help you laugh and make memories with the girls every single day of your trip! Take a look…

Hen Party Activities in Albufeira

Make the most of this stunning coastal location by getting out on the water with a wet and wild activity that everyone will love during your hen do in Albufeira! The gorgeous destination boasts a balmy climate but if you find yourself getting too hot, cool off in the most fun way possible with a visit to a waterpark! Take on epic slides, exhilarating rides and chill in the swimming pools while making the most of the gorgeous weather.

Partying on land is so last year! Take your hen do celebrations to sea with a fun-packed Boat Party in Albufeira! You’ll get transfers to the boat and be welcomed with two drinks each before you dance to tunes spun by top DJs, play hilarious games and get your hands on fab giveaways! Nightclub entry is included after the cruise so the good times roll on long after you’ve disembarked!

If relaxation’s more your jam, head on a Vineyard Tour where you’ll learn all about this top tipple and even have a wine tasting to really get to grips with grapes. A hen party Spa Day is always popular! Unwind with your besties and feel any stress melt away as you enjoy the facilities including a heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath. Ah, heaven!

Fancy something a bit more exciting? Jump on a Quad Bike or Go Kart and find out which of the girls is the best driver once and for all! See some beautiful sights whizz past and you tackle tight corners and overtake on fast straights whilst satisfying your need for speed!

There’s so much choice here so your hen do in Albufeira can be as chilled out or as crazy as you like, from dolphin spotting boat trips to cocktail making, bar crawls to buggy racing.

Fun facts

Did you know?

  • Albufeira is the biggest and liveliest of the resort cities lining southern Portugal’s gorgeous Algarve coastline.
  • The Algarve is one of the least densely populated areas of Europe with just 76 residents per square kilometre.
  • Falesia Beach is frequently rated amongst the 25 best beaches in Europe by TripAdvisor.
  • Portugal’s national drink is the aguardiente de medronho (also known as firewater), a deliciously strong fruit brandy (48% alcohol!) that’ll kick start your Albufeira hen night with a bang!
  • Bargain loving hens will love the drinks prices here. Expect to pay around €1.50 a pint.
  • Albufeira was once a small fishing village.
  • Caldas de Monchique is a 30-minute drive away and features a gorgeous waterfall with waters that reach 32°C and are said to have healing powers including curing respiratory and rheumatism issues.
  • Tourism in the city was virtually non-existent until the 1960s when people discovered what a gem this seaside resort is.
  • Mr No Ears was a local street cat who’s still so popular after his death that he’s got thousands of social media followers. There’s even been a stray cat charity set up in his name.
  • A 40-minute drive away, you’ll find the Ocean Revival Project, the largest artificial reef structure in the world, made of four sunken warships.
  • Albufeira was known as Baltum in Roman times and re-named Al-Buhera in the 8th century by Moorish settlers.
  • Albufeira Marina is on the Western outskirts of the town and is a great place to have a drink or catch a boat tour.
  • Nearby Pera hosts an international sand festival every year where 45 tons of sand is used to create an outdoor exhibition space for sculptors.
  • This party city is situated in the district of Faro.
  • More than five million tourists visit the Algarve every year. Fancy becoming one of them with an Albufeira hen weekend?

Albufeira in numbers

  • Albufeira experiences 300 days of sunshine a year.
  • There’s a whopping 125 miles of coastline here.
  • On your hen do in Albufeira, make sure to explore the 85 Blue Flag beaches.
  • Almost half of Portugal’s Michelin starred restaurants are in this city.
  • It takes around two and a half hours to fly from the UK to Faro Airport.
  • You can drive from Faro Airport to Albufeira in approximately 35 minutes.
  • Albufeira has a population of more than 40,000 people.
  • Summer temperature reach up to 35°C. Lovely!
  • There are more than 100 hotels in the city centre.
  • Most of Albufeira was destroyed by the great earthquake in 1755. It took the city until the 19th century to recover industrially.

Local Celebs

Cliff Richard owns a lovely vineyard in Albufeira so you might bump into him during your Albufeira hen do as you’re sipping on a glass of the good stuff! This sunny destination also provides a holiday home hideaway for a number for fab celebrities including Total Eclipse of the Heart singer Bonnie Tyler, iconic popstar Madonna, Avengers actress Scarlett Johansson, Boyzone’s Ronan Keating and a whole host of ex-footballers.

Food and Drink

Trust us, your taste buds are going to seriously spoilt during your hen do in Albufeira! Fancy treating yourselves to a bit of fine dining? You’ll be happy to hear that almost half of all Portugal’s Michelin starred restaurants are in Albufeira so there’s a great selection to choose from if you want to celebrate in style. Don’t worry if you’re on a budget or just prefer something sweet and simple, there’s plenty of medium range and cheap eats to fill everyone’s bellies.

Seafood is big business here. You’ve got to try the national fish dish, bacalhau, a dried and salted cod that’s seriously tasty! Their national drink is also a must try. Aguardiente de medronho (also known as firewater) is delicious but drink responsibly. At a mammoth 48% alcohol, this fruity brandy will knock your socks off! We offer an excellent range of dinner out options from beachside fine dining to traditional Portuguese meals. See what takes your fancy.

Albufeira Nightlife

The nightlife in Albufeira is as famous as its beaches! The Strip in the Montechoro area is Albufeira’s most lively hotspot. Packed with mainly young, Northern European partygoers including plenty of hen and stag groups, there’s always a great crowd here. Once the sun goes down, the neon lights come on and Avenida Sa Carneiro becomes two kilometres of Portugal’s hottest and rowdiest nightlife! You’ll find a mahoosive range of watering holes including places with bucking broncos! How long could you hang on for?

There’s always a bargain to be had with cheap pint prices that you just don’t get in the UK! Bar staff will also try to lure you into places with special offers and drinks promos so expect a pretty purse-friendly bachelorette party in Albufeira! The pedestrianised Old Town is still lively but gives groups a slightly more upmarket last night of freedom for the bride-to-be.

From cocktail bars to traditional pubs, there’s a watering hole to suit everyone but you’ll still see those rowdier sports bars and dance all night clubs. Kick the night off in style with some hen party Cocktail Making in Albufeira! A pro mixologist will lead your fun workshop, greeting you with shots and a bottle of bubbly before teaching how to make (and drink!) two of your own drink concoctions!

Arranging a hen party can be super stressful. Take some of the hassle away by booking a complete night out with our Guided Bar Crawl! An English-speaking guide will take you two six awesome bars so you can sample the best of this party city’s nightlife. You’ll get a shot in each bar before eventually moving on to one of the best nightclubs in Albufeira where you tear up the dancefloor until 6am!

The Best Time to Visit Albufeira

There’s never a bad time to jet off for a hen do in Albufeira! International Festival of Sand Sculptures comes to nearby Pera (a 20-minute drive away) in June. Professional sand sculptors from all over the world head to it to create some truly jaw-dropping sand sculptures of places, scenes and celebs.

Al-Buhera Festival takes place every July on the square of Fisherman’s Beach and features concerts and dance performances as well as stalls selling food, drink and local, handmade products.

August is host to the Sardine Fesitval in nearby Olhos de Agua. If you’re not a fish fan, this probably isn’t for you but if you are, come on down to enjoy fresh sardines, wine and live music in a chilled-out atmosphere.

Portugal’s famous for its seafood and the first weekend of September sees the return of the Fisherman Festival (Festa do Pescador) where you’ll be able to taste loads of fresh fish and seafood as well as watch dance performances and live musicians.

Huge crowds flock to the square behind Praia dos Pescadores on New Year’s Eve for a big party, live entertainment and, of course, fireworks to see in the new year. This is a great way to double up the celebrations during your hen night in Albufeira!

Getting around

This beautiful seaside resort is split into two, the Old Town and the Strip, but getting around is still a breeze. Walk around to make the most of the gorgeous sights including the old buildings, cobbled streets and sandy beaches. If you’ve been dancing all night, you might want to rest those the party feet the next day and who could blame you!

Hop in a taxi or bus to get where you need to go quickly during your hen do in Albufeira. If you fancy seeing a bit more of the Algarve, you can even rent a car and drive around at your own leisure. You won’t regret!

Fancy a Hen Party in Albufeira?

If all that sounds right up your street and you want more hen party ideas in Albufeira, you’ve come to the right place! Take a look through our big range of activities available in this Portuguese party paradise and find something perfect for your group. Whether you’re one of the hens or the bride-to-be herself, we’ll help you go down in history for arranging the best hen do ever!

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