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A hen weekend in Lisbon is a guaranteed hit! Known as the city of seven hills because, you guessed it, it was built on seven hills. Lisbon is packed with stunning views, beautiful architecture and social media-worthy photo ops that are sure to make all your friends back home super jealous!
What to Expect During a Lisbon Hen Do
Explore the winding streets and get your shopping fix at the flea markets. Mind out for those cobbles if you’re wearing heels though! With lots of shopping, sights, sun, sea, sand and even a Sangria Bike! This city that’s sunny all year round is the perfect hen getaway.
There are a whole range of activities to enjoy, from relaxing in a spa to surfing in the ocean and exploring the city with a treasure hunt to finding your way out of an escape room. With good food and good wine – Lisbon is already looking like a pretty good idea!
Once night falls, you’ll discover a massive range of buzzing bars where the party spills on to the streets. When in Lisbon, you’ve got to taste a ginjinha, Portugal’s national drink. Beware though, this yummy cherry liqueur has a pretty high alcohol content! This drink is usually served in a shot glass so knock one back whilst you’re in the city and savour its sweet taste before you carry on your night out.
Get your best Portu-gals together (see what we did there?) and get ready to explore this gorgeous destination!
See the capital of Portugal in a quirky way onboard a prosecco bike that combines sightseeing with a drinking session for guaranteed good times. This is an amazing way to see the city from a different perspective while having loads of fun with your friends, celebrating in style. This portable bar on wheels is a quirky mode of transport where you’ll sit on seats with pedals around a bar. You’ll all be responsible for pedalling the bike, moving it around the city sights, while a chauffeur steers for you. And the bike will be stocked with loads of lovely prosecco for you to have as many glasses as you want.
Hop on a boat and soak up the stunning views of the coast and the beautiful, blue, glistening water. Set sail from Alcantara Quay and feel like a VIP as you board the boat, getting a friendly welcome from the crew and a welcome drink. Then it’s time to relax on deck as you make your journey through the water. Your boat tour can be as relaxing or as crazy as you like, ranging from yacht trips with a laid-back lunch to sunset party boats with a DJ and loads of booze. If you choose the latter, you’ll even get nightclub entry when you disembark.
Kick off the last weekend of freedom with some naked man naughtiness in a nude life drawing class where you’ll try your hand at drawing a nude male model. The model will pose in nothing but his birthday suit. This is just as funny as it sounds because, yes, you will be blushing and giggling with the girls as you try to sketch everything you see! What better way to celebrate your hen party in Lisbon if you’re a group of cheeky girls? Paper and pencils will be provided and don't worry if you haven't drawn in years because the expert teacher will take you through all the tricks of the trade.
When the day draws to a close and the sun starts to set, why not shake things up with a lively cocktail making masterclass? A professional mixologist will guide you through the intoxicating world of cocktails, teaching you a little about their history and showing you exactly what goes into making them so tasty. They’ll perform a demonstration of the most popular tools and tricks before inviting you up to the bar to make your own cocktails, using premium spirits and fruity mixers. Fun games get everyone laughing as you show off your best shake face and compete against your mates.
Want to inject some cheekiness into your celebrations? Then watch the bride-to-be go wild as you take her to see male strippers perform. These hunky guys will put on one hell of a show for you as they undress and make you laugh with a combination of striptease, lapdance, dazzling dance routines and comedy. For a complete party package that your whole group will love, try the Hen Fiesta! You’ll get a three-course meal, drinks, private dance from a sexy male stripper, a bar crawl and nightclub entry to end things on a high. Just don’t forget those dancing shoes!
Lisbon is really popular with hens, stags, visitors and locals, giving it a great atmosphere come nightfall when crowds flock to Bairro Alto. This party paradise is well known throughout Europe, boasting many lively pubs, bars and clubs with partygoers spilling into the streets. You can expect a fun crowd as you let your hair down and get your drink on. If you want to experience the best of the city’s nightlife during your Lisbon hen do, get yourselves on a bar crawl. A professional guide will take you to several of the best venues in the city, treating you to free drinks, games and drink deals for a night to remember.
Fancy something more active for your hen do in Lisbon? Unleash your inner beach babes with an action-packed water sport. This gorgeous city is surrounded by bodies of water such as the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. You’ll see loads of sights from the water from the coastline to historic castles and naval forts as well as getting your adrenaline pumping. How about kicking things off with a surfing lesson or spot of kayaking? No previous experience is needed because you’ll get full instruction from a professional who’ll make you feel at ease on the water. Whether you wipe out loads or take to it like a duck to water, you’ll have a blast!
Add a drop of class to your party weekend with a wine tasting. It’s time to get a true taste of Portugal as you get your hands on a selection of different white, red and rose wines from the Douro Valley and Alentejo regions and beyond. Your wine tasting will be led by an expert sommelier (wine waiter) who’ll explain why wine tastes so delicious and how it’s made. If you like, you can even have a guided tour of a vineyard where you can really get to grips with grapes. You can even add food to your wine tasting that’s perfectly paired with each glass of wine.
If you want to relax and unwind during your weekend away, you’ve come to the right place with this city boasting gorgeous weather and stunning scenery. If you want to up the ante, take the bride-to-be on a spa day where she can shake off all the stress from wedding planning and leave feeling tip top. You’ll use all the facilities including the swimming pool, steam room, sauna and jacuzzi. You all deserve pampering so why not add an indulgent spa treatment? The spa’s professional therapists can give you a manicure, pedicure, facial and a range of massages. Which one will you choose?
Unleash your cheeky side with a burlesque dancing class that’s led by a professional burlesque instructor. Your class will take place in a city centre venue where the instructor will get the ice broken with a fun warm up before they teach you a dazzling yet naughty choreographed dance routine. You’ll learn how to tease, please and flirt with the audience as you shake, shimmy and strut your stuff. Why not check out the rest of our range of fun activities and experiences on offer and see for yourself how much fun there is to be had on a Lisbon hen party?
So great! They had 8 complete beginners dancing a routine within an hour, lots of laughs but learnt some new steps too! Thank you so much!
Great fun! The bride had a great time, so did all the group. Cathy was so welcoming, fun, funny and helpful. Thanks again so much, we all had a really brilliant time!
Such a great trip!! Thanks Eduardo and Diogo 💕
Unfortunately we were unable to do the high ropes as at least 3 of the 12 participants were over 100kg in weight. This was disappointing as the information was not disclosed to us and I think is an important piece of information when booking for this activity. Nevertheless, the hosts were very accommodating and were able to switch us on to Paintballing as a group which was great. They really engaged with us and made it a fun experience which helped in forgetting the disappointment of high ropes.
José Mourinho, born in Lisbon, is someone who needs no introduction. No? Ok, well he’s a professional football coach and former player who recently served as the manager for Manchester United football club in the UK. He is now regarded as one of the best football managers of all time!
Luís Figo, born in Lisbon, is a retired Portuguese professional footballer. He played as a midfielder for a number of different clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan to name a few.
What talk of football and Portugal would be complete without mentioning Cristiano Ronaldo. He is considered by most as the greatest football player in the world, and of all time. He has won countless trophies and titles through his professional footballing career. His celeb status far exceeds his footballing abilities now, he even has the most liked Facebook page on the platform.
Finally, Sara Sampaio was born in Porto along the coast from Lisbon. She is an internationally renowned model known for her ‘angel’ status at the Victoria’s Secret brand. She has been on countless Vogue covers and has walked for a number of huge designer brands at fashion week.
You’ve got to try the Bacalhau à brás – most restaurants have this special dish on their menu. It’s made up of shredded codfish with fried potato, onion and scrambled eggs. It can come with various toppings but is most commonly topped with black olives and parsley.
Ginjinha (or Ginja) is a Portuguese liqueur made from infusing ginja berries (sour cherries) in alcohol and sugar. It usually comes served in a shot glass with a cherry in. This local drink is a must-do whilst in the city. Get a round in whist you’re out one evening and savour its sweet taste!
If you find yourself running out of time to explore Lisbon, or just fancy a drink whilst you head on your sight-seeing. why not try out a Sangria Bike? You guessed it, you’ll be served sangria on a bike! You’ll all have to do the pedalling as you sip on sangria going through the streets of Lisbon. This is one activity not to be missed as it’s a hilarious way to have fun with your friends whilst still seeing the top attractions.
When the sun starts to set, head to a cocktail bar and try Cocktail Making with your friends. You’ll learn all about how to make these delicious drinks as well as tasting everything you make. Yum!
When planning a hen do in Lisbon, it’s best to think about when to go well ahead of time. As different seasons of the year can vastly change the price of not only plane tickets but accommodation, as well as how crowded the city will be.
March to May and September to October are the best times to go when the weather’s warm, the hotels are cheaper and of course there’ll be fewer crowds. If you can’t stand the heat too much then this is a very pleasant time of year to come!
Alternatively, you can head to this city in the summer months where the sun is stronger, the temperature is hotter, and the streets are crowded. This is, of course, a very popular time to come so make sure you book ahead to ensure your hotel space!
An unusual, but not unheard of, time to come is from November through to February when the weather is cooler but still pleasant and warmer than the UK! The prices will drop at this time and you’ll have the city to yourselves and the locals.
Once you’ve had a good read over everything you can do and explore in Lisbon, it’s time to check out the various individual listings and see what takes your fancy the most. From Cocktail Making to Car Tours and Sangria Bikes to Pole Dancing there’s something for everyone in your group to enjoy on your Lisbon hen do. All you need to do is enquire via the activity page where you’ll be able to speak directly with the activity provider, ask them any questions you have about the event and get yourselves all booked in!