Planning a hen do can be tricky so I’m going to be publishing a few posts on my hen do experiences – hopefully they’ll give you some inspiration!
One of my most memorable hen dos was in Lisbon, where I and 5 others went for a long, lovely weekend of food, wine and port.
If you’re tired of Paris and Barcelona and wary of the rising prices in Amsterdam and Prague, come to Lisbon. It is beautiful.
The people are so friendly, the architecture is fascinating and of course the food and drink is brilliant. What I liked about it most was that it’s not trying to be like its more popular neighbours – it’s got its own identity and it just works. Yes, they work to their own timetable, but just relax and roll with it. It’s generally a place to relax and wander – perfect for spending the days of a hen do.
Lisbon has some great food so work up an appetite by looking round the castle first. Make sure you walk from the main square of the city up to Castelo (the castle area) and not only will you pass beautiful cobbled streets, and interesting shops, but the hill climbs really are something!
One day we walked along the pier several hundred yards and got a scheduled boat crossing which took us over to Belem. Belem is quite a cool area with art and bars and restaurants. Once you get there you’ll also find an amazing ice cream parlour from which we sampled lots! Next to that is one of the city’s largest parks. Occasionally it holds markets but we enjoyed lounging on the grass and soaking up the heat and atmosphere. If you do like your boat trips, there are also quite a few private operators offering day trips which look really good.
We were there for two nights and were lucky enough to visit two fantastic restaurants for our evening meals. When you go to Lisbon, book these places. The food is fab but it’s the decor that made the experiences so memorable. They are Kais and Chapito.
These photos are just of Kais’ restaurant and the nightclub attached.
On the final day, we went to Wine Bar do Castelo – an incredible wine cafe in the city’s old town. The owner’s knowledge and stock of wine and port were incredible and my mouth waters every time I look at the photos of the food we ate!
Also, it’s super hot there at the moment so book a trip to Lisbon, I cannot recommend it enough. (It’s quite affordable for a short break too!)
What other tips can I give you? Try the custard tarts. Don’t bother queuing for a tram. Walk everywhere. Take your camera with you everywhere you go – the city has a great character that you’ll want to capture. Go to relax and indulge.