Barcelona has a place in all our hearts. But it isn’t just a destination for the summer. In winter the city will warm your heart and what better way than to spend New Year’s Eve in Barcelona.
As the year slowly but surely draws to an end, Barcelona comes to life once more. The city gleams with festive splendour during the Christmas period and on New Year’s Eve, leaving visitors with nothing but a huge smile on their face. The festive spirit even continues into the New Year – things aren’t truly over until the Three Kings have paid a visit on Epiphany to give children their gifts. But that’s not all of course. La Nochevieja is a massive celebration in Barcelona, and it’s really one of the top choices if you’re looking to do a city break to usher in the New Year. I’ve put together a few tips for you, so that you know which events and traditions are noteworthy, and how you can make the most of a New Year’s Eve in Barcelona!
One of the main draws for spending New Year’s Eve in Barcelona is the weather. At the end (and beginning!) of the year, temperatures tend to hover between 12 and 18°C, and it’s not uncommon to have the sun shining all day long! Definitely a far cry from the weather at home. ;)
Since the temperatures are so mild, it’s the perfect weather for sightseeing – you can take your time wandering the beautiful streets and admiring sights without having to wrap up in a gazillion layers. The fresh sea breeze and lovely rays of sun will perk you up! There really is no better way to cure any winter blues you may be having and start the new year feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
New Year’s Traditions in Barcelona
During the day you should definitely think about getting some grapes from the supermarket. Might seem like a weird request at first, but in actual fact it’s one of the main New Year’s Eve traditions in Spain! When the clocks strikes midnight at the turn of the New Year, Spanish people eat a grape for each chime of the clock. If you manage to eat all 12 grapes in time, then you will have an especially lucky year ahead of you. The tradition of uvas de la suerte has been around for more than 100 years. As you’d expect there are some clever street vendors in the city who have realised that most tourists don’t know about this tradition until they actually go there, so they make a fair few quid selling very overpriced grapes. So that’s why I recommend going to a supermarket in good time as you’ll be well-prepared for midnight – and avoid getting ripped off!
Celebrating in Barcelona
Is there an official fireworks display in Barcelona?
Loads of people ask if there’s an official fireworks display and if the locals set off their own fireworks. In general, the barceloneses are a lot more low-key when it comes to fireworks, but it doesn’t mean that the parties are any less fun. There’s always a massive event that takes place in Plaça d’Espanya, where you’ll find lots of live music acts and a fireworks display at the National Museum. The glitzy affair is even broadcast on TV as well – you can take a look at last year’s festivities here:
As well as the official celebration at Plaça d’Espanya there are other parties taking place across the whole city. Here are some of my personal favourites:
Poble Espanyol: The famous open-air museum is one of the most popular sights in Barcelona and it’s actually a great place to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The party starts at 10:30pm and carries on until the small hours of the morning. There’s plenty of live music, grapes and champagne to toast the new year, but there’s no fireworks display like in Plaça d’Espanya.
Razzmatazz: Fancy partying in one of the city’s most popular clubs instead? Then head to Razzmatazz, a massive venue in the hip neighbourhood of Poble Nou that features several dance floors and a roof terrace. Tickets to the event here in previous years cost around €50 – €60, and it’s a great way to celebrate with the locals. You can find information about it here.
Shoko Club: Just a short distance away from the harbour is Shoko Club Barcelona. Boasting a stylish restaurant with a view of the sea, the club area truly comes alive at New Year’s Eve thanks to the opulent parties. Tickets to their New Year’s Eve Gala start from €50.
Plaça de Catalunya: If you’d rather keep costs low, then head to this lively square to celebrate for free! Loads of locals come here to toast and celebrate together. It can get rather busy, but the atmosphere is lovely and warm!
Torre Agbar: Situated a little further away from the city centre, the Torre Agbar is one of the most eye-catching buildings in the Barcelona skyline. At New Year’s, the buildings entire façade is lit up in an impressive display of lights.
Rooftop terraces: Many hotels in Barcelona feature a rooftop terrace where you can welcome the New Year with fantastic views of the city. Some awesome terraces to consider are Granados 83 or the Soho.
New Year’s party at the W Barcelona: If you want to do New Year’s in serious style, then the W Barcelona is the place for you. But you might be surprised to find that the party here doesn’t necessarily come with a huge price tag. Like in other clubs in the city, you can attend the Whiteout Party in the W Lounge for €50, or attend the party in the Eclipse for €100. If you really want to go to town, then you can opt for the New Year’s Eve Dinner which costs €250 per person. Doesn’t really get any fancier than that!
New Year’s Day in Barcelona
Every successful New Year’s trip to Barcelona is rounded off with a perfect first day of the New Year. After a hearty breakfast, you should take the Tramvia Blau to the nearby mountain, Tibidabo. From here, you can take in phenomenal views that stretch from the city right out to the sea. There’s space to have a picnic, the perfect way to chill and recover after what was undoubtedly a very big night out. See if you can spot the spires of the Sagrada Familia or the Torre Agbar! I definitely recommend checking out the Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor – or as it’s also known in Spanish, the Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús. This temple is situated right on the top of Mount Tibidabo and it’s seriously breathtaking stuff.
So, I don’t know about you, but a New Year’s Eve in Barcelona sounds pretty appealing! Let me know if you have any stories from a visit there!