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Why visit Madrid? Well, this is Spain’s headiest city where the revellers stay out late, and life is seized with both hands. So, you and the girls can expect passionate nights and days on your Madrid hen do where you’ll fall in love with the city’s culture and fiery charm.
At the centre of it all is Plaza Mayor with everything you need for a night of revelry. The offshoot streets are full to the brim with restaurants and cafes where you can choose from a simple meal of street food or go full-on upscale in some of Madrid's celebrity haunts with five-star service. Whether you want some cheap and cheerful eateries or aren’t watching the wallet on your last weekend of freedom, you’ll find something delicious. Hidden around the corners are some seriously banging nightclubs that don't start pumping until the early hours. This city doesn't really ever sleep so get ready to party hard. If in doubt, let the lovely locals show you how!
This Spanish city is a culture vulture's paradise and you’ll most likely not have enough time to go and see everything that’s on offer for visitors so use your time wisely. If your group are art fanatics, then your ears will prick up to hear that Madrid is home to what’s known as the Golden Triangle of Art! These three museums, Prado, Reina Sofis and Thyssen-Bornemisza, are home to some of the biggest artists to ever live and the Prado especially should be on all art lovers bucket lists.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with fun activities too from learning the moves to transform into a flamenco dancer to exploring the rich tapas culture. Whatever your Madrid hen party style, if you’re girls who love sun, sangria and new experiences, you’ll love visiting one of the best cities in Spain and making memories you’ll treasure forever.
There’s so much to do on your hen do in Madrid, whatever your budget and whatever you’re into. Kick things off in style with a Flamenco Dance Class. This traditional dance has been super popular with hundreds of years and is a great way to break the ice and let your hair down with the girls as you twirl, strut and get into the rhythm. You’ll have a number of props to help you really get the feel for this dance and you can even dress to look the part! Don’t forget to take loads of photos, ladies.
Cool off from all that Spanish sun with a fun trip to a Waterpark! Located around a 30-minute drive from the city centre, here you’ll find 12 exciting attractions including waterslides, a wave pool, sandy beach, lazy river and more. There’s no better activity to get you in the holiday mood!
If you fancy something a bit more challenging, don your detective hats and give a mind-boggling Escape Room a try. You’ll have just one hour to go into the room and solve the many puzzles and riddles and crack clues in order to escape. Leave no woman behind!
Arranging a hen party can be stressful so take a load off by treating yourselves to a Spa Day in Madrid. Unwind and relax to the max with this 90-minute spa circuit where you’ll have access to the thermal pool, whirlpool, aroma shower, sauna and relaxation area. You can even add an indulgent 15-minute massage to leave you feeling tip top before you carry on your celebrations with the girls.
Pop singer-songwriter Enrique Iglesias and his famous father Julio Iglesias were born in Madrid as was David and Victoria Beckham’s son Cruz. Fast and Furious actress Elsa Pataky was also born in the Spanish capital and has been spotted holidaying with her hubby, Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, numerous times. Who will you spot on your hen weekend in Madrid?
Spanish food is quite simply delicious, so your taste buds are in for a treat! From cocido madrileno (beef and vegetable stew) to churros (fried pastry) dipped in chocolate and all sorts of tapas, there’s a dish everyone will enjoy here. For a convenient way to sample lots of tasty local food, try a three-course meal at one of the city’s most popular restaurants. You’ll get patatas bravas and houmous to start, followed by a delicious steak dinner and some mouth-watering cheesecake for dessert. What’s more, you’ll get bottomless drinks throughout your reservation with a choice of sangria or beer. What better way to toast your Madrid hen do?
If you fancy not just eating but learning how to make Spanish food, try a Paella Cooking Class that’s led by a professional chef who’ll show you the ropes. You’ll gather round the big, open pan to get stuck into making this tasty, traditional dish before sitting down to eat what you’ve made, alongside a scrumptious dessert and glass of sangria. Best of all, you’ll have the skills to create your own paella any time you like when you get home.
The people of Madrid are known to other Spaniards as ‘gatos’ or ‘cats’ due to their custom of staying out late every night so you know you’re in good company on your hen night in Madrid. A usual Spanish night out will see you travelling from bar to bar, club to club and sometimes not even getting home until the sun starts to rise so take inspiration from the friendly, party-loving locals and get ready to really let your hair down for a night to remember.
Why not start your last night of freedom off with a Wine Tasting? An English-speaking wine connoisseur will help you get to grips with grapes and introduce you to three delicious wines.
You’ll find out a lot about each one as you drink it and share opinions on your favourites with your friends. You’ll also have tasty snacks to munch on to help soak up a bit of that alcohol.
Once you’re suitably warmed up, it’s time for a bar crawl before heading to a nightclub until the early hours. Unlike many other European capitals, English isn’t always widely spoken, although this is something that’s changing with the younger generations. Regardless, you’ll find the locals to be friendly and more than capable of showing you how it’s done in the party stakes!
There’s never a bad time to visit the capital of Spain but if you fancy having your hen do in Madrid when there’s something especially exciting going on, here’s a rundown of some of their most popular annual events. Kick things off in February with Madrid Carnival. This colourful celebration includes a masquerade ball, street theatre, music and dance performances and closes with the Burial of the Sardine, a long-standing tradition.
The Suma Flamenco Festival takes place every June and features flamenco shows, performances and workshops from some of the nation’s best dancers, singers and musicians including appearances from flamenco stars and promising newcomers.
Madrid’s Le Semana del Orgullo (Pride) celebrations are amongst the best in the world, attracting up to two million people, and take place from the last weekend of June until early July with fun concerts, a heels race and an amazing parade. Head to Chueca to be in the centre of the action.
August 15th celebrates Virgen de la Paloma. They have a massive street party where the roads are closed off to traffic and you can enjoy rides, games, parades, concerts, competitions and religious events. If you fancy an all-night party, Noche en Blanco takes place in September and is an all-nighter dedicated to art, literature, cinema, dance, theatre and more. Expect live music, performances and events with the museums and other cultural venues staying open all night long.
After London, Madrid has Europe’s biggest transit system and we’d suggest it’s how you and the girls get around. Buses and subways use the same system, so tickets work on each, which keeps things nice and simple. Ticket machines are in both Spanish and English, as are announcements, making it that little bit easier for you to work out the new system.
If you’re looking for more personalised travel on your hen do in Madrid, getting a taxi will whisk you through the streets on time and lets you wear those new shoes without worrying about how far you have to walk in them! You can do this by flagging them down on the street of calling a local firm. You can even book one of our airport transfers to make getting from the airport to your accommodation a total breeze.
So, there you have it. If you like sun, sangria, culture, nightlife shenanigans and filling your time with loads of fun activities, the Spanish capital is a must visit destination for that last weekend of freedom. If you want more hen party ideas in Madrid, browse our full activity listings now.
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