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Bottoms up: stag and hen destinations

Best hen and stag destinations for 2013



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What started as one night of care-free fun (or should that be debauchery) with your close friends and family, has now developed into a full-blown, take-time-off-work-and-start-saving extravaganza. For the maid-of-honour or a best man, the pressure of choosing the right destination and activity for a hen or stag party can be daunting, with some celebrations taking up whole weekends, or weeks, in destinations all over the world. 

With help from stag and hen organisers Eclipse Leisure, we take a look at where in Europe people celebrate their last nights of freedom and what activities they like to indulge in while they’re there.

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Bottoms up: stag and hen destinationsLet's get the wedding season started with some superb party cities...Let's get the wedding season started with some superb party cities...2013-04-18T15:45:002013-04-18T15:45:00channellifestyletrueBest hen and stag destinations for 2013What started as one night of care-free fun (or should that be debauchery) with your close friends and family, has now developed into a full-blown, take-time-off-work-and-start-saving extravaganza. For the maid-of-honour or a best man, the pressure of choosing the right destination and activity for a hen or stag party can be daunting, with some celebrations taking up whole weekends, or weeks, in destinations all over the world. With help from stag and hen organisers Eclipse Leisure, we take a look at where in Europe people celebrate their last nights of freedom and what activities they like to indulge in while they’re there.tophen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)hen and stag dos(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addictsSofia’s ski park, as well as its cheap nightlife, makes the Bulgarian capital a great destination for an après-ski themed weekend. Soon-to-be brides and grooms with a passion for snow can look to Sofia for a cheaper alternative to a weekend in the Alps. Skiing and boarding is by far the most popular activity for a stag or hen celebration in Sofia but groups may be tempted to explore the city’s selection of museums. The National Opera and Ballet Theatre and iconic Alexander Nevski Church are definitely places to stop and see – but with a pint costing on average around €2, it’d be just as fun to explore the city’s traditional pubs and bars. topSofia: best for snow addicts(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts(©Rex)Sofia: best for snow addicts(©Rex)London: best for a night outThe UK capital is one of the best cities for nightlife, with easy access to a variety of bars, nightclubs and ‘how to…’ lessons. It's good for cheesy and classy hen parties from Dirty Dancing-themed dance lessons to cocktails in a five-star hotel.Stag groups also like fun on wheels in London, typically choosing a Beer Bike ride, followed by seeing a female oil-wrestling show and being escorted around by a sexy hostess. In London it seems the night-time activities are clearly a priority, leaving the day free to sight-see the Houses of Parliament, visit the Olympic Village or maybe take a walk around the Natural History Museum. Or maybe just nurse a hangover on Clapham Common. topLondon hens(©Rex)London hens(©Rex)London hens(©Rex)London hens(©Rex)London hens(©Rex)London hens(©Rex)London hens(©Rex)London hens(©Rex)London hens(©Rex)London hens(©Rex)London hens(©Rex)London hens(©Rex)London hens(©Rex)London hens(©Rex)Bath: best for pampering Unsurprisingly the stats show that when choosing a hen do in Bath, one of the top activities to do in the city is a spa and pamper session. With the historic Roman Baths in the centre of the city, there are a large choice of spas, from those that take advantage of Britain’s only hot spring to smaller spas that specialise in skincare. The second favourite activity for hen-dos in Bath is a treasure hunt, which is fitting when you consider the city’s Georgian and medieval architecture. But it’s not all relaxation and quaint activities in Bath, after Brighton, it’s the second most popular destination for a night clubbing hen do.topBath: best for pampering (©AP)Bath: best for pampering (©AP)Bath: best for pampering (©AP)Bath: best for pampering (©AP)Bath: best for pampering (©AP)Bath: best for pampering (©AP)Bath: best for pampering (©AP)Bath: best for pampering (©AP)Bath: best for pampering (©AP)Bath: best for pampering (©AP)Bath: best for pampering (©AP)Bath: best for pampering (©AP)Bath: best for pampering (©AP)Bath: best for pampering (©AP)Amsterdam: best for something differentAlthough the top activity choices for stag groups are, predictably, a lap-dancing club and a tour of the Red Light District, while hen groups prefer to book a male stripper or cocktail lesson, there is plenty on offer if you don't want it to be about sex. The city has amazing museums, a Heineken brewery, coffee shops (just be warned about the brownies) and in spring, the leafy canals are great for group cycling tours.  topAmsterdam(©Rex)Amsterdam(©Rex)Amsterdam(©Rex)Amsterdam(©Rex)Amsterdam(©Rex)Amsterdam(©Rex)Amsterdam(©Rex)Amsterdam(©Rex)Amsterdam(©Rex)Amsterdam(©Rex)Amsterdam(©Rex)Amsterdam(©Rex)Amsterdam(©Rex)Amsterdam(©Rex)MarbellaMarbella is a choice destination for glamorous hen dos. It caters to an upmarket yacht crowd, and so for classy hens and stags, there are plenty of posh clubs and bars, with a selection of nightclubs and bars in Puerto Banus (pictured) that offer extravagant cocktails and stunning panoramic views of the luxury yachts in the harbour.  topMarbella(©Getty Images)Marbella(©Getty Images)Marbella(©Getty Images)Marbella(©Getty Images)Marbella(©Getty Images)Marbella(©Getty Images)Marbella(©Getty Images)Marbella(©Getty Images)Marbella(©Getty Images)Marbella(©Getty Images)Marbella(©Getty Images)Marbella(©Getty Images)Marbella(©Getty Images)Marbella(©Getty Images)Berlin: best for beerIf you're lucky and your mate is getting married in October, you can have the stag or hen do during Oktoberfest (pictured), the month-long beer festival in September. The main event takes place in Munich, but other German cities such as Berlin also celebrate it. If not, there is the Beer Bike. This novelty attraction appears in other European cities, but Berlin is generally recognised as being the Beer Bike expert. This pull-along pub perfectly combines sightseeing, exercise and drinking, complete with pedals underneath your barstool, a barrel of beer on board, plastic glasses and even a mobile sound system. Things to do in Berlin range from getting your passport stamped at Checkpoint Charlie to wandering the festival-like atmosphere at Mauerpark and visiting the iconic Brandenburg Gate. For nightlife lovers, there is a choice of exclusive nightclubs and gay bars, although the oil female wrestling shows often prove popular with stag groups. topBerlin and beer(©Rex)Berlin and beer(©Rex)Berlin and beer(©Rex)Berlin and beer(©Rex)Berlin and beer(©Rex)Berlin and beer(©Rex)Berlin and beer(©Rex)Berlin and beer(©Rex)Berlin and beer(©Rex)Berlin and beer(©Rex)Berlin and beer(©Rex)Berlin and beer(©Rex)Berlin and beer(©Rex)Berlin and beer(©Rex)

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