There is a week left before the New Year and most of you are probably already thinking about where, how and with whom to celebrate it. Here we present 5 places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Spain.
Barcelona: the light show
Barcelona offers a huge variety of options for celebrating New Year’s Eve. One of them is in front of the famous Agbar Tower. At night, the facade of the tower is illuminated in a dazzling array of thousands of multi-coloured LED lights. On December 31st, the panels of the tower gradualy illuminate, accompanied with the chime of bells accentuating the rhythm to which the 12 cherished grapes are eaten (it is the Spanish tradition). New Year’s Eve in Barcelona is really spectacular!
Madrid, Puerta del Sol: joyous hustle and bustle
The central square of Madrid, Puerta del Sol (“Gate of the Sun”) is one of the most popular and traditional places to celebrate the New Year. On December 31st, thousands of people gather around the clock tower, and after the bells chime, a great and majestic festival begins: everybody opens their bottles of cava (Spanish champagne), then the sound of glasses clinking, laughter, joking, and congratulations can be heard all around.
Toledo: a taste of history
During the Christmas holidays, Toledo shines with multi-coloured lights. The smell of burning wood, roasted chestnuts and hot chocolate invade the streets, and you have the impression of being in the world of a fairy tale. In the historic center of the city, a small touristic train circulates that takes you from the stone entrance gate of the city to the palace-fortress, called El Alcazar (in the Middle Ages it was the residence of the Spanish kings), which is situated at the top of the hill. On New Year‘s Eve, you can enjoy a delicious dinner in an old restaurant of Toledo, and then you can eat the 12 grapes in one of the squares whilst toasting with a glass of cava or wine.
Alvarado Castle, Burgos: the royal festival
If you prefer the medieval times, splendid views and fine cuisine, you should spend the night in an old Spanish castle. It will definitely be your most vivid memory worthy of remembering your whole life. The Alvarado Palace (Posada Torre) is an ancient castle, which in former times was the residence and the meeting place for the kings and court nobility. The price of two nights at the castle (from December 30th to January 1st) is 200 euros per person. It includes breakfast, a delicious New Year’s Eve dinner with musical accompaniment and drinks at the bar.
Cruise: for seafaring enthusiasts
You can celebrate the New Year in a completely different and special way.If you are on board a cruiseship., you will be offered a delicious menu, as well as a varied festive programme and wonderful performances. There is a large choice of destinations: the Canary Islands, Portugal, Italy, France, as well as some other exotic destinations such as Argentina, Brazil and Hawaii. The cruises´ points of departure are the following: Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia and Malaga. The New Year’s Eve festive mood is guaranteed on board a glamorous liner.