The best cities in Spain to enjoy New Year's Eve

The best cities in Spain to enjoy New Year's Eve / esmadrid.com
The best cities in Spain to enjoy New Year's Eve / esmadrid.com
16 December 2019, Redaction

With the end of the year approaching, our desire to party and celebrate is awakened, isn't it? To channel this desire, there’s nothing better than celebrating New Year's Eve with our friends in a crowded street party. Madrid's Puerta del Sol is famous because most of the main television channels broadcast the bells from there, but it is definitely not the only street or square from which you can count down and bring in the new year.

Don't think much more about it and get ready to discover the best cities to enjoy New Year's Eve:

Avenida María Cristina, Barcelona

New Year's Eve in Avenida María Cristina / flickr.com/photos/barcelona_cat/
Avenida María Cristina / flickr.com/photos/barcelona_cat/

The Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina flows into the Magic Fountain of Montjuic and is the perfect setting to bring in 2020 with a multimedia show of light, water, fire and music. This location is something else, as the visual impact of the lights and fireworks joining the fountain will leave you in awe.

Don't give it a second thought and spend New Year's Eve in Barcelona; 80,000 people already brought in 2019 here last year, which elevates this celebration to the category of PARTY with capital letters.

Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Valencia

Christmas in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento / Creative commons
Christmas in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento / Creative commons

The Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Valencia, a place that during Christmas acquires a lot of charm thanks to its spectacular decoration, is the epicentre of the celebrations of the new year. The thousands of people who gather here during New Year's Eve are watching the clock in the Town Hall building and from 12 noon onwards the balcony of the Town Hall becomes a musical stage.

If you decide to spend the last night of 2019 in Valencia you will see that the protagonists are the music, light and, of course in Valencia, the abundance of fireworks.

Plaza del Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela

Christmas decorations in Plaza del Obradoiro / flickr.com/photos/elentir/
Christmas decorations in Plaza del Obradoiro / flickr.com/photos/elentir/

The Plaza del Obradoiro is one of the most beautiful places in Galicia and from this spot, Galician radio and television broadcast the new year chimes. Between the Santiago Cathedral and El Parador, thousands of people receive the new year to the sound of the bells rung out by the Torre da Berenguela.

Come and experience this New Year's Eve in Galician style, eating twelve grapes according to Spanish tradition and enjoying fireworks displays. Usually the party is livened up by groups or Galician orchestras that ensure a good atmosphere throughout the night.

Plaza Mayor, Salamanca

Christmas decorations in the Plaza Mayor / Wikimedia commons
Christmas decorations in the Plaza Mayor / Wikimedia commons

Salamanca celebrates the end of the year in its Plaza Mayor on 31st December but, although it may seem surprising, there is actually another “New Year's Eve” that has become much more famous: University New Year's Eve.

It is celebrated in mid-December so that students who live outside Salamanca can symbolically celebrate New Year's Eve with their classmates and the celebration brings together some 20,000 people. The tradition is replaces the traditional grapes with sweets and of course the party lasts until dawn.

Plaza del Carmen, Granada

Christmas lights in Plaza del Carmen / granadatur.com
Christmas lights in Plaza del Carmen / granadatur.com

The Plaza del Carmen, where the Town Hall is located, is the best place in Granada to welcome the new year and there could not be a better place to do it because of its beauty, not to mention the fact that it’s found in the heart of the historic and monumental centre of the city.

Goodie bags and the traditional lucky grapes will be distributed among the first to arrive at the square and all attendees can enjoy a show of light, colour, live music and fireworks.

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