When one of my friends announces he’s getting married, I must admit one of my first thoughts is ‘when and where is the stag do?’ After all, it’s a great opportunity to gather everyone together and catch up on the latest goings on.
There’s also, of course, lots of fun to be had, including brilliant activities and plenty of beer. Going abroad is becoming increasingly affordable and I think holding a stag weekend somewhere nice and sunny is a great way to relax with friends.
While you can click here to find a more comprehensive list of stag destinations, below are some of my favourites and the reasons why.
Do you like to party?
Obviously, you can find a brilliant nightlife in most cities abroad, but if you want the stag to have a holiday with a difference, there’s perhaps no better place than Ibiza, Spain. This is famous for being home to some of the best clubs in the world, not to mention hosting top DJs. You will no doubt want to head to the likes of Pacha, Space, Amnesia and Es Paradis, as well as go on a bar crawl to get a feel for what the Balearic Island is all about.
The great thing about Ibiza is that while you can spend hours partying, it has a quiet side to head to for when you need to recover or enjoy some peace. Did you know that as a result of its culture and biodiversity, it has actually been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site? If you do want to squeeze in some culture, visit the church of Santo Domingo, the City Hall and the Episcopal Palace.
Do you want something budget friendly?
I sometimes think that going abroad can be cheaper than having a stag weekend in the UK, especially as you can spend your days lazing on the beach and your nights enjoying cheap meals and drinks. Benidorm, in Spain, is one of those places where your money really does go far. It’s known as being affordable for groups of friends, couples and families, so you can’t go wrong booking a stag do here. Plus, it’s just a short flight from the UK, so you can get your holiday started as quickly as possible.
If you want to treat the stag, a catamaran cruise is a good option. You can all chill out on deck as you soak up the Spanish sun and can easily cool down by taking a dip in the ocean. You’ll also find lots of good set menu deals and happy hours come the evening.
Would you like to combine sun and sports?
While the great British outdoors is perfect for a wealth of sports, you can’t always guarantee the weather will be in your favour. This is one of the main benefits of booking a stag weekend abroad, as you can take part in brilliant activities without fear of being rained on. Tenerife is one such destination, with the Canary Island enjoying 3,000 hours of sunlight every year, an average temperature of 22 degrees C and a spring-like climate each month. This is great, as it’s not too hot or cold to tackle the likes of karting and quad biking, as well as any water sports you fancy.
Another one of my favourites is the Algarve in Portugal, where you can participate in activities such as dirt buggy racing, paintballing and riding a speed boat.
If you’ve been abroad on a stag do, where did you go and what were the highlights?
Will Stearn splits his time between trying out extreme activities in exotic locations, and working in London for Maximise.co.uk.