For stag weekends away, Spain comes up trumps for so many reasons: year-round sunshine, world-class football, short flights and fantastic late night clubbing. Stunning beaches and passionate party towns aren’t hard to find in Spain, but for guaranteed stag heaven, here are the top five.
Extraordinary architecture, superb beaches and fantastic footy – a Barcelona stag do has it all, and more. When the sun goes down, start off with a San Miguel at the buzzy bars on Las Ramblas, before heading into the maze of steamy clubs, traditional tavernas and swanky bars – getting lost is a given, so go with the flow.
Join the rich and famous in the Costa del Sol’s celebrity playground. If you’re feeling flush, party on the exclusive ‘Golden Mile’ or flash your cash in Nikki Beach’s elite bars. Even in such luxurious surroundings stag weekends in Marbella don’t have to cost the earth. For a less pretentious side to the city, wander the narrow alleys, explore rustic bars and try freshly-grilled sardines; or charter a boat with your mates, go deep sea fishing and catch your own then see the night in with a beach barbeque and cold beers.
Spain’s capital has more bars and restaurants per person than any other Spanish city – no wonder its people know how to party! 24-hour fiestas, traditional bull fighting and fiery flamenco dancers – Madrid has energy like no other capital. But don’t forget to save some for the pitch. Get the boys together and challenge the locals to a game in the Royal Park, or take a tour of Real Madrid’s awesome Santiago Bernabéu stadium.
Lloret de Mar
From fishing trips to foam parties, Lloret de Mar is stag paradise. This Costa Brava beauty is renowned for its stunning beaches, stack of sporting activities and massive range of bars. Spend lazy mornings on the beach, race round the go-kart track, or re-live your childhood in the waterpark, before hitting the legendary casinos, clubs and karaoke bars.
Five miles of golden beach, over 2000 bars and a micro-climate that means warm days all year round, it’s not hard to understand why Benidorm is so popular for stag weekends. With more clubs, cabarets, pubs and strip bars than any other, this is a passionate party town. Sleep it off on the stunning beaches, or clear your heads with an afternoon of downhill mountain-biking in the lemon-grove covered hills.