in Spain on New Years Eve, then make your reservations as early as possible,
New Year's Eve
is very big here. Most bars and restaurants are open for private parties
only, and many towns organise street parties with entertainment and firework displays that
last all night.
For most Spaniards it is a night for going out and
At the stroke of midnight it is tradition to eat 12 grapes -
one on each stroke of the clock, to bring good luck for the new year.
On New Year's Eve,
Noche Vieja (which translates better to Old
Year's Night), or San Silvestre in Spain.
Celebrations revolve around
the eating of grapes. The idea is to eat 12 grapes at midnight, one
grape on each stroke of the clock, for luck. It is difficult to do, so
you'd better be ready to wash it down with Cava.
New Year in Spain is announced
on Television via the
twelve chimes at midnight from the Puerta del Sol in Madrid. An hour later in the Canaries with those
of the Cabildo in
Las Palmas on Gran Canaria.