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!
Whats the weather like in Barcelona during New Years?
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 the 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.
What are some of the traditional ways to celebrate New Years in Barcelona?
If you want to celebrate like a true resident of Barcelona there are a few ways to do it. Here’s a list of some of the essential ingredients for the most traditional way to ring in the new year.
Dinner: For people from Barcelona the last meal you have in the year is one of the most important. You might be a visitor to the city but there are plenty of places to get your final feast of the year. If you read on I’ve prepared a list of some of my favourite restaurants in this enchanting city.
Grapes at Midnight: If you’re truly committed to spending your last night of the year as a true Spaniard then you need to get a hold of 12 grapes. This is something that is both a tradition and a superstition. According to legend if you manage to down 12 grapes in the 12 seconds before midnight you’ll have 12 lucky months. It’s definitely a bit of a challenge and can lead to some pretty funny situations!
Red Lingerie: This might be a bit stranger for some people than the grape tradition but there is some method behind the madness. For the Spanish red symbolises prosperity, passion and is especially symbolic of love. You might find the love of your life with this tradition!
Gold in your Glass of Cava: We all love a glass of champers once midnight hits but before you guzzle your glass of the good stuff you might have to drop a piece of gold to get the good luck. If you’re looking for a profitable 2019 this definitely the tradition for you.
Wish List: This probably isn’t that uncommon, similar to a new year resolution. A twist on this one would be to write a list of the bad that has happened and burn it before midnight. That way you start the year with a fresh clean slate.
So there you have it. When you’re planning your trip to this amazing city I would reccomend making sure you have at least one of these great tradtions going for you. I’d definitely reccomend practicing getting those 12 grapes in 12 seconds though! Could avoid a trip to the emergency room ;)
Where are the best places to celebrate New Years in Barcelona?
Dinner in Barcelona
As I mentioned earlier one of the most important traditions of a Spanish New Years celebration is making sure your last meal is a good one. Luckily for you, if you’re visiting Barcelona during this time there are plenty of amazing restaurants in the city. Of course, my biggest piece of a advice would be to make sure you book well in advance. Some of these restaurants will be booked out for months before the big day.
Here’s a couple of restaurants that have a special menu for the end of year celebration:
Els Quatre Gats: this historic place has been open since 1897 and has played host to a number of famous people. One of the most famous of them was Picasso.
Casa Fuster: This place is if you’re really looking to push the boat out and say hello to 2019 in some serious style.
the Pla: Located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. This restaurant is for you if you want a relaxed hip atmosphere with plenty of great options.
As I have mentioned though there are plenty of great options throughout the city. If you check up on TripAdvisor before you go, I can guarantee that you’ll find a dinner that you’ll never forget!
The best New Year’s Eve parties in Barcelona
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.
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!
Fireworks 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:
How to get around Barcelona at the end of the year
Unsurprisingly, Barcelona can be a pretty mental place around New Years. If I was you I would avoid getting taxis as the traffic can be a bit insane. Luckily the city has some amazing public transport. The best part of it is that it doesn’t close during New Years. Here are some of the specific tickets you can get for public transport in Barcelona:
Single ticket: € 2.15 / one way
T-10: if you are in Barcelona with the T-10 of 1 zone you will have enough, 10 trips for only € 9.95
T-Day: if you are one day in Barcelona and you are going to use public transport a lot this card for only € 8.40 (per person) is ideal and you can use it by bus, train, metro and tram.
Hello BCN! : serves for all public transport in Barcelona
2 days: € 14.50
3 days: € 21.20
4 days: € 27.50
5 days: € 33.70
BCN Card: for public transport + free visits to more than 25 museums and places of interest + discounts
2 days: € 20
3 days: € 45
4 days: € 55
5 days: € 60
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!