On the longest night of the year in Barcelona, there are a multitude of events ready for tourists and locals alike. The city offers endless options and plans for all tastes and ages.
If you’re after a quiet, heart-warming New Year’s Eve, most restaurants in the Catalan capital are opening their doors to seduce your taste buds with specially designed menus, desserts (and grapes – a traditional local good luck charm – eaten while the bells countdown to midnight) and a gift bag (several objects such as necklaces, sunglasses, confetti, etc.) to ensure a lively, fun-filled evening.
If you’d prefer a trendier option, the city’s leading hotels are offering gala dinners that will spill over into the early hours, fuelled by drinks and music, where good food and a cosmopolitan ambience go hand-in-hand.
However, if you fancy having even more fun to see in the New Year on the dancefloor, there are several parties in bars and nightclubs that will go on until the following morning.
In different parts of the city, such as Plaça España or outside the Parliament building, every year thousands of people get together to eat the traditional grapes and toast the New Year in the street.
The largest and most iconic gathering takes place in Poble Espanyol, where you’ll be able to celebrate the New Year and count down with grapes, the traditional gift bag and good music until the early hours. Tickets must be purchased in advance, like for nearly all New Year’s Eve parties in the city, so we recommend making a booking or buying tickets before attending any event or restaurant, to avoid disappointment.
Another, slightly different option is to try our Tapas Tour on the 31st. The only tour in Barcelona on New Year’s Eve! As well as seeing the most iconic sites and sampling the city’s traditional cuisine, you’ll be able to enjoy the local custom of eating 12 grapes and toasting with a glass of cava, with a little gold inside.
Whichever plan you choose, make sure you wear red underwear to ensure good luck in 2017!