Madrid is a great destination for a hen party (or bachelorette party for American brides-to-be): with great weather, reasonable prices and amazing nightlife, the city has a lot to offer no matter what kind of break you are planning. So from quirky and alternative to full-on glam, we take a look at the best hen party activities in Madrid.
A very Spanish take on the traditional beer bikes that are making their drunken way around many European capitals lately, Madrid-based Bbike offers a sangria option for hens who fancy sipping on Spain’s summer favourite. The 45-minute bike ride takes up to 18 passengers past some of Madrid’s most famous sights and is sure to make for some excellent Instagram snaps.
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Go Car Tours
In this unique sightseeing tour, two people drive around the city in a Go Car – the first ever GPS storytelling car, a tiny yellow vehicle that zips you around the city. You can follow suggested routes already programmed into the car, or explore where you fancy, and the best part is you can go at your own pace, stopping when and where you like to take photographs. One hour trips around Madrid’s historic centre start at €35 ($40), while three hour trips start at €60 ($68).
If your bride is a creative or alternative type, why not plan a graffiti class? You’ll explore the diverse neighbourhood of Lavapiés, discovering its street art and the stories behind the barrio’s urban artists. Best of all, you’ll get hands on experience, learning how to create your own stencil and how to spray paint, making your very own piece of Madrid street art. The graffiti workshop is available from Wednesday to Sunday, 11am and 5pm, with prices starting at €18.15 ($20.70) per person.
If you’re planning a summer hen party then spending the day relaxing by a rooftop pool could be just the dose of glamour you’re after. Room Mate Oscar, in the trendy Chueca barrio, has a fabulous rooftop with great views across Madrid. (Prices are €35 for a full day Monday-Thursday and a half day Friday-Sunday or €60 for a full day from Friday-Sunday and include a complimentary glass of bubbly. Reserve by emailing the hotel.) Another great option is the rooftop of Gymage, in the heart of Malasaña, which has a pool, loungers and a bar, and is free to access.
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Following the rooftop theme, there’s no better way to kick off the night than enjoying a cocktail or two and watching the sun set (hello, amazing Instagram shots) at one of Madrid’s rooftop bars. Circulo de Bellas Artes has some of the most iconic views over Madrid, and the 360 degree panorama is stunning. The Roof at ME Hotel is the place to see and be seen, and has fabulous views across Plaza Santa Ana and beyond. HAT Hostel has a hip rooftop with a laid-back vibe and, intriguingly, cocktails served in bags – a must-try during your hen party in Madrid?
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Hammam Al Andalus, Madrid
A great way to pamper yourselves before the big day, a spa day lets you chat and chill before you chomp on all the tapas Madrid has to offer. For an authentically Spanish experience head to Hammam Al Andalus, a hammam that harks back to Spain’s rich Moorish past. Experience the rejuvenating waters and enjoy a relaxing massage or hot stone treatment.
Flamenco might hail from the south of Spain, but some of the best dancers and musicians work in Madrid. If your bride is a dance fan, why not take in a flamenco show or even test your skills in your own flamenco class, a great way to immerse yourselves in this traditional aspect of Spanish culture. Flamenco Sara Martin offers hour-long private classes in central Madrid (above Antón Martín market, a great place for a post-flamenco glass of vino). Make sure to request an English-speaking instructor when you inquire about booking.