New Year’s Eve, known as Nochevieja in Spain, is celebrated in style in Catalonia’s capital. Join the revellers at the Montjuïc Magic Fountain in the Plaça Espanya from 11.30pm to be entertained by some of Barcelona’s best live musicians. Join in the countdown to midnight and experience the national tradition of eating grapes for good luck as the chimes ring out across the main square. The New Year arrives with a spectacular firework display and a typical Catalan tradition - human tower building. An alternative celebration takes place at the Poble Espanyol museum - a chance to count down to 2018 and party until dawn in one of the capital’s most stunning architectural treasures.
The New Year’s celebrations tend to kick off at around 11.30pm in the city’s main squares. The metro runs all night during New Year, making the city very easy to navigate despite the crowds. If you’d like to celebrate in a more intimate atmosphere, another option is to enjoy dinner and drinks at one of Barcelona’s top bars - try Opium with its gorgeous terrace for a trendy alternative. For something more raucous, a visit to legendary club Razzmatazz is guaranteed to keep you dancing all night long.
If you’re ringing in the New Year in Barcelona, make sure you buy your grapes for the chimes at midnight. This 19th century tradition of grape-eating started in Madrid as a way of mocking the bourgeoisie’s custom of celebrating New Year with expensive champagne and grapes. This then turned into its own tradition and spread across Spain. The idea is to eat one grape per chime of the twelve bells at midnight - no easy feat! If you manage to do it, you’ll have good luck for the year ahead. The trick? Buy seedless grapes!
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While you’re in Barcelona, make sure you leave time to check out the many sights in this amazing city: wonder at the architectural prowess of Gaudí dotted around the city; take a tour around the imposing Basilica of the Sagrada Familia; and check out one of the country’s most famous stadiums, the Camp Nou.
If you’re looking for more information about celebrating New Year’s Eve in Barcelona in 2017, please head to the city’s official website where you can find out which parties will be happening on 31st December 2017, buy tickets for the top New Year’s Eve parties in Barcelona and learn more about the tradition of eating grapes at midnight.
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