Holidays Barcelona during the last few days of the year is absolutely recommended. The whole week several festivities are celebrated. Like the feast of San Esteban on the 26th, only celebrated in Catalonia, and the feast of Los Santos Innocentes on the 28th, which has quite some similarities with April Fools. Maybe you are looking for a place to spend for welcoming and celebrating 2012. In that case, we give you a few tips about Barcelona’s new Years Eve and the local customs.

  • New Years Eve Barcelona is most of the time spend together with the family. Instead of going out to party, people start the evening having dinner together in their homes or in a restaurant. We strongly recommend you to make a reservation if you want to have dinner in a restaurant!
  • The tradition in Spain is to eat 12 grapes during the last 12 chimes of the clock in Plaza el Sol in Madrid. People in the rest of Spain tend to turn on the TV to see this clock and the final countdown. It is laughable and exciting to see people trying to eat 12 grapes in 12 seconds, it is supposed to bring luck in the next year. And at twelve they drink Cava, a sparkling wine, typical for the Catalonian region.
  • New Years Eve Barcelona Celebrations are not too noisy with fire crackers and fireworks compared to a lot of other big cities, because it is not custom to use a lot of fireworks overhere.
  • If you want to celebrate outside, you could go to Plaza Catalunya which is mostly crowded. People countdown and celebrate the beginning of the New Year and a lot of foreigners go here too.
  • Instead of checking out the fireworks Barcelona, you can check out Torre Agbar. This futuristic building will be lit with a special light show welcoming 2012.
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Torre Agbar during New Years Eve. Photo by Toniher via Flickr

  • If you want to celebrate the New Year 2012 until the early hours, you can party in one of Barcelona’s clubs like Opium mar, Choko, Sotavento, Luz de gas, Sutton, etc.Remind to get your tickets in advance, it’s is mostly cheaper and going on spec is not really recommended. Some places might have vip-parties or are fully booked.
  • Another typical traditions in Barcelona, it to wear red underwear on New Years Eve. It is supposed to bring luck in, especially, love and passion… Whether it works is a matter of trying out. One more thing: you should got the red underwear as a present, you are not supposed to buy it yourself!
  • If you are looking for an apartment for New Years Eve Barcelona, we recommend you to stay in one of our New Years accommodations Barcelona, perfect to stay in with the whole family or with friends. Well equipped and no worries about getting up in time to make it to the breakfast before the buffet closes or anyone disturbing you.
  • If you seek an offer for Barcelona’s New Years Eve, we recommend you check the Desig Barcelona web, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook. From time to time we publish a discount code which makes your stay in Barcelona even more worth it.
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grapes. Photo by Poldavo (Alex) via Flickr

1 Comment »

  1. Crystal says:


    My name is Crystal and I’m the event coordinator for Dostrece Bar and Restaurant. We are hosting our 10th annual New Years Eve dinner and party. I just wanted to inform you of the event so as to inform your readers of the event. Here is a link to our new letter that informs you of everything: I hope to see you there.

    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas,
    Crystal B.

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