Planning to Visit Barcelona on New Year’s Eve? Here’s All You Need to Know

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One of the most visited cities in the world, Barcelona is a tourist's paradise. An expanse of historic architecture, a thriving food scene, an enviable blend of mountains and beaches and an exciting nightlife makes Barcelona a definite inclusion on your bucket list. If you're planning to visit the Mediterranean city, New Year's Eve is when you should be making the trip.

The vibrant streets of Barcelona really come alive on the last day of the year with people out in the streets after midnight, celebrating the New Year with their friends and family. The atmosphere is magical and there's a lot you can do, including going on a fancy dinner or attending one of the many exciting New Year's Eve parties in the city. Unsure of how to plan your New Year's Eve in Barcelona? We have got all the information you need right here.

What’s the hype?

What makes New Year's Eve in Barcelona special? Is it the electric atmosphere at parties across the city’s pubs and bars? Or all the fantastic events organized across the city to celebrate New Year's Eve? The occasion is also deeply rooted in tradition amongst locals, 31st evening is spent with family enjoying a typical Catalan dinner and then stepping out to celebrate. Apart from a family dinner, there are many quirky traditions followed by locals. Some popular ones you can indulge in include adding something golden in your glass of wine, wearing red underwear or eating twelve grapes at midnight, timed to the chimes of the bells.

Over the years, Barcelona has upped its New Year's Eve game, following the footsteps of other cosmopolitan cities like New York, London and Sydney. Plan your New Year’s Eve in Barcelona using our list of fun activities!

How to spend NYE in Barcelona

1. Street events at Placa d'Espanya

One of the best parts about celebrating New Year's Eve in Barcelona is getting to party with the locals. One such event, held at the foot of Montjuic, which is free for all, offers music, lights and a thrilling pyrotechnic display. Thousands of people gather at Placa d'Espanya to enjoy the show, including families and kids. The pre-show begins at 09:30 PM with the Magic Fountain light display. The actual New Year's Eve event begins at 11:45 PM with a stunning firework show and music performances. Make sure you reach the venue before time to get yourself a good spot.

If you're looking for a public space celebration, you can also head to Placa Catalunya. Given its central location, Plaça Catalunya is packed to the brim on New Year's Eve. Do note that there's no scheduled program here and people are just out and about having a good time.

2. Party at Poble Espanyol

In their own words, the 31-year-old club Poble Espanyol hosts the biggest and best New Year's Eve party in Barcelona. The club is enormous and has three different sections: Plaza Mayor, a massive outdoor space which doesn't compromise on comfort, the VIP lounge area, and the Marquee. The New Year's Eve party begins at around 10:30 PM and lasts up to 06:00 AM. There are different categories of tickets available for the party, starting from €35. Unless stated otherwise, your tickets include four drinks, the traditional grapes and other novelties.

If you're planning on staying in the outdoor space, remember to wear warm winter clothes. There are many other clubs in the city that host parties for the New Year including Shoko Club, Pacha Barcelona, Otto Zutz, Opium Barcelona, Razzmatazz, Disco City Hall, Catwalk and more.

3. Fine dine and wine

If going to a rager is not your idea of fun, you can always have a fancy dinner in one of Barcelona's many Michelin star restaurants. Most restaurants in the city have a special menu for New Year's and you can take your pick depending on your budget. For instance, at El Palace, you can enjoy a rooftop Winter Garden Gala dinner which includes live music, cocktails and a 6-course meal. Another great option is Torre d'Alta Mar, located at a height of 75 meters. The fine dining restaurant offers spectacular views of the city and a level of opulence hard to match up to. If you looking for an elegant yet affordable dinner, make your way to Dos Torres. This beautiful modernist house and garden is located in the wealthier part of the town, which means it's much quieter and chilled out. Other options include Els 4Gats, El Nacional, Monvinic, Cafe Kafka among others.

4. Relax at a rooftop

There's something infinitely charming about spending New Year's Eve watching fireworks on a rooftop with friends and family. The best way to go about finding a rooftop terrace is by attending local parties. If you're staying at an AirBnb, chances are the building will have a terrace you can chill at. There are rooftop restaurants and bars available as well if you're looking for something a little fancy. One such unique option is the Mirablau Club on Tibidabo Hill that offers breathtaking views of the entire city. Other options include The Majestic, Mandarin Oriental, Alaire Terrace Bar, 1881 Sagardi among others.

5. Public fireworks

At this point, New Year's Eve is synonymous with a dazzling fireworks show and Barcelona does not disappoint. While individual event organisers often have their own fireworks show, it doesn't match up in scale to the one at Placa d'Espanya. The fireworks are set off near Magic Fountain, adjacent to the square. The show generally starts at 11:40 PM and ends a lot after 12:00 AM.

Tips For Your Trip

  • It goes without saying that New Year's Eve is a busy time in Barcelona and tickets for most events and parties tend to sell out pretty early on. To avoid losing out on tickets, book them online in advance
  • Given just how crowded the city gets and how public most events are, you need to be extra cautious about your belongings. A lot of pickpockets target unassuming tourists in public spaces.
  • Hotels and lodgings tend to overbook pretty early on given the holiday season rush. Book your hotel at least a couple of months in advance to get a good deal both in terms of price and location.
  • While in Barcelona for New Year's Eve, try Turron, a type of nougat that is amongst the most sought-after sweet treats in the city. It is available in variants including almonds, chocolate and rice.
  • If you forget to buy grapes for the New Year’s Eve tradition, don't worry. There will be plenty of people around to help you out. The prices they'll charge for this 'help' will be higher than usual though.
  • It gets pretty cold in Barcelona during December. Bring warm clothes, a raincoat and an umbrella to stay warm. Do pack in a pair of lighter clothes as well since there's a possibility of clear skies.
  • Dress according to the event you're headed to. If you're planning on staying in the streets, wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • If you're on a multi-day trip to the city, get a travel card that allows you access to the city's public transport options, along with free access to certain attractions in the city.


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