New year’s eve in Madrid
In Spain, 31 December is a very special celebration, where the fun and partying go on well into the early hours. If you want to get the year off to a good start, then come and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Madrid and Barcelona. You will have a great time in these two cities eating the traditional “lucky grapes”… And during the rest of the night, too!
Would you like to know how we see in the New Year in Spain? Eating twelve grapes. Tradition has it that you have to eat them one by one, in time with the striking of the clock at midnight on 31 December. What is more, if you manage to eat all the grapes on time, you are in for a year of prosperity and good luck. Everyone is waiting for that moment on New Year’s Eve and the striking of the clock is even broadcast live on television throughout Spain. Whether or not you believe in magic, try the experience – it is great fun.
There is one place that is especially famous for this tradition: Puerta del Sol Square for the New year’s eve in Madrid. On this day, family or friends usually get together for a delicious dinner and then the twelve grapes. In Madrid, thousands of people converge in front of the clock in Puerta del Sol to eat the twelve grapes and see in the New Year. The square turns into a great party with a fantastic atmosphere. There is confetti and streamers everywhere; music, bangers and trumpets, people dressed up with wigs, hats and masks; and above all, everyone is up for a good time.
For the New year’s in Barcelona, people go out and gather in Plaza de Catalunya Square to eat the twelve grapes. If you fancy joining in this celebration to say goodbye to the “old” year, bear in mind that people start to arrive in these places long before midnight to get a good spot, especially in Madrid, where a large crowd gathers.
Every year on December 31, Madrid stages the increasing popular race which ushers in the new year. The San Silvestre Vallecana is an annual 10 km road race which takes place on 31st December in Madrid. Along with the Madrid Marathon, this race has become one of the most prestigious road races in Spain. It is has two editions, a fun run for amateur athletes and an elite race for professional athletes.
If you are thinking of a New year’s day in Spain, you can not miss a step in its capital, Madrid, the heart of the Iberian lifestyle. Book one of our luxurious and exclusive apartments in the center and you can enjoy the incredible cultural offer of the city.