Whether you’re heading off for a hen party or looking into your first girls’ holiday without the parents, Spain has plenty to offer for ladies who want to have fun. It can be bold and brash or refined and cultural, and we’ve got the top spots to help you start planning.
With plenty of other Brits holidaying in Benidorm, you’ll feel right at home here. The two massive bays of golden sand are full of water-based activities including the obligatory banana boat rides and more unusual cable-skiing.
Nights out can be wild in Benidorm, with a whole host of party venues that stay open until sunrise. As well as plenty of bars, pubs and Ibiza-style clubs more relaxed nights can be had at cabaret shows and karaoke nights, giving you the change to sing your heart out.
There’s plenty to do during the day too, as Benidorm has enough shops and markets for a serious spree. There are waterparks, theme parks and animal parks all really close by for days away from the beach.
The popular beach resort of Salou has just as much going on during the day as at night time. If you want an active holiday, it could be the spot for your girls’ break as the massive PortAventura theme park is right on the doorstep, which has been likened to Disneyland. You can also swing and zipline your way through Bosc Adventura Park or have a go at paintballing and rock-climbing.
The port area is a good place to start off your night with some tapas and drinks before taking advantage of happy hour prices in the British-style pubs, karaoke bars and fancy dress discos. For something a bit different there’s the renowned House of Illusions magic and comedy show, which includes dinner.
Staying in Salou, you have the added benefit of being close to Barcelona for day trips and nightlife of all descriptions. Also close by is friendly Sitges, where you can catch top drag acts or dance the night away in Pacha nightclub.
Lloret de Mar
In the otherwise quiet region of Costa Brava, northern Spain, Lloret de Mar is the standout place for nightlife. One of the busiest and largest resorts in Spain, its clubs include St Trop playing house and electronica, Caribbean themed Bumpers with a glass dancefloor and Tropics, which has regular foam parties.
With 13 beaches in and around town there are plenty of shores to relax on during the day. If you’re travelling in July then check out the colourful Lloret de Mar fiesta starting with processions and ending with spectacular fireworks. Lloret de Mar is also close to Barcelona, so you can take cultural trips or sample the bars and clubs there.
Known as a luxury resort, Marbella isn’t as expensive as you might think, but would definitely add a touch of class to your hen do or girls’ party. Together with nearby Puerto Banus, Marbella is the place to see super yachts and fast cars, as well as their polished owners. You can party like the rich and famous on its golden mile or relax with drinks in the old town.
Beaches in Marbella are equally as varied. There are 24 in total, ranging from quiet relaxation zones to watersports central. Nikki Beach is famed for having one of the best luxury beach clubs in the world, with world-class DJs and acrobats to watch whilst sipping champagne cocktails.
Benalmadena, Torremolinos or Fuengirola
Take your pick of these three Costa del Sol hotspots – they’re all so close that you can experience a bit of each of them during your stay. Benalmadena has a buzzing square with heaps of nightlife. Right beside it is Torremolinos, which has big clubs that open late and stay open until morning. They include The Palladium where you can either swim in the pool or move on the dancefloor to the beat of the DJs. Open from 3am until 9am, it’s more of an after-party than a nightclub.
Just slightly further along the coast, Fuengirola has the Parque Miramar Shopping and Leisure Centre for retail therapy, restaurants and cinemas. The town also has a good selection of Brit bars, Irish pubs and nightclubs where you can dance the night away.
Between Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Fuengirola there are plenty of daytime attractions, including Benalmadena Aquarium, Tivoli World theme park, Aqualand waterpark, the Crocodile Park and Fuengirola Zoo.
So if you’re itching to get away with your BFFs, Spain supplies the beaches and the party atmosphere – all you need to bring is your bikini and dancing shoes.