New Year’s Eve, known as Nochevieja in Spain, is celebrated with grapes, cava and fireworks in the nation’s capital. Join the revellers in the main square, Puerta del Sol, from 11.30pm to be entertained by some of the city’s best live musicians and performers. Join in the countdown to midnight and experience the national tradition of eating grapes for good luck as the chimes ring out across the square. The festivities in Puerta del Sol are the country’s official celebration and are broadcast across Spain. Once the chimes have struck, head to one of Madrid’s many bars and clubs to celebrate the arrival of 2018 by dancing until dawn.
The New Year’s celebrations tend to kick off at around 11.30pm in Puerta del Sol. To get there, head to Sol Metro station or, as this is likely to be extremely busy, it may be quicker to take the tube to nearby Opera or Chueca and walk from there. Check out the tube map here. Unfortunately, the metro closes early on New Year’s Eve in Madrid so take this account when you’re planning your trip home. An alternative is to stay out all night and make the most of the city’s famous clubs, such as Teatro Kapital, New Garamond or Barco.
If you’re ringing in the New Year in Madrid, make sure you buy your grapes for the chimes at midnight. This 19th century tradition of grape-eating started in the capital 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 Madrid, make sure you find time to see some of the spectacular sights of this great city, including: the Royal Palace, located just opposite the Teatro Real; check out some of the world’s greatest masterpieces at the Prado National Museum; and enjoy the sunshine by lazing about in one of Spain’s best city parks - El Parque del Retiro.
If you’re looking for more information about celebrating New Year’s Eve in Madrid 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 the capital and learn more about the tradition of eating grapes at midnight.
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