If you are planning a Barcelona stag or hen weekend this year, recent events in Catalonia may have given you pause to think. Will the political situation in that part of Spain affect tourist services in 2018 ? Will the region around Barcelona become independent? Could it even fall our of the EU and ask for visas to get in ? And, most worrying of all, would Barça have to play in a separate Catalan League (and without Messi)? Is it time to think Cataplana instead of Catalana ?
Well, we think it is highly unlikely that any of these things will happen. That last thing anyone in Barcelona (or Spain) will want stop do is rock the boat for the tourist business. Spaniards from al regions of Spain will keep welcoming visitors with their usually genial bonhomie, party spirit and overall tolerance. Even those drunkards among you!
However, if you do think there is need to look at other options for your stag or hen weekend, we have no shortage. In fact, we just reckon that one of our Portugal locations are well worth a try. So, are you gonna go Catalana or Cataplana ?
Well Barcelona, the capital of Catalunya needs very little introduction. There is no doubt it’s one of the the great destinations for a stag weekend. And a hen do in Barcelona is almost a must at least once in your life ladies. You probably feel you know its virtues: the old medieval streets, the design and architecture, the beaches, the tapas and the great night action.
However, our Portugal destinations are amongst the liveliest and most interesting destinations for stag or hen weekends. Lisbon, the capital is a classic in its own right (much like Barcelona, although many would say its cultural claim and general style and atmosphere is even greater). Porto with its fantastic picture postcard riverside area, bridges and legendary wine consumption is not far behind. Porto is undoubtedly the rising star among Portuguese weekend locations for party weekends.
But if you are looking for a resort that gives you not only beach, boats and bars but a vast assortment of spectacular daytime activities, and great weather all year, think seriously about the home of that Portuguese stew with meat or sefaood, the Cataplana. Were are talking about the Algarve and it’s main resort, Albufeira.