Fin de Año en Barcelona

Without a doubt, one of the most eagerly anticipated celebrations of the year is that of New Year’s Eve, known as ‘Nochevieja’ in Spanish. In spite of the fact that Barcelona might not be as well-known for its celebrations as, for example New York’s Times Square, London’s Big Ben, Paris’s Avenue de Champs Elysées or Madrid’s Plaza del Sol, this has changed as recently as 2013, when Montjuïc’s Magic Fountain started to host the city’s official New Year’s festivities.

More information about New Year’s Eve in Barcelona

If you’re going to be spending New Year in Barcelona, we’re sure that you would be interested in knowing a bit more about the traditions and customs of the city, as well as those of the rest of Spain, so that you can make this most of the festival.

How and where do people celebrate New Year’s Eve in Barcelona?

If you are one of the many tourists who decide to spend New Year in Barcelona, we hope the information we’ve given below is useful to you.

1. Going to the official event 2017 / 2018

New Year's Eve official event

Taking place next to Montjuïc’s Magic Fountain, Barcelona’s official New Year’s Eve celebrations were first organised in 2013. The party starts at 11pm and is free of charge; you’ll be able to enjoy performing arts and the Magic Fountain’s ‘son et lumière’ show, a chance for everyone to get together and to forget about the cold! At midnight the 12 bells chime, at which point everyone, the majority of whom live in Barcelona but also tourists from all over the world, celebrates the arrival of the New Year. The pyrotechnic display then starts, lasting for several minutes. This usually finishes just before half past midnight, at which point those people who have partied enough start to return home, and those who want to continue their celebrations go to a local bar or nightclub, if they have already bought tickets.

Map and how to get there

SHOW: From 23:30 to 0:15.
METRO: ESPANYA (lines 1 and 3). The Metro runs all night on New Year’s Eve.
DAY BUSES: lines 9, 13, 37, 48, 55, D20, H12 (which all usually run until around 22:30-23:00), and the tourist bus.
NIGHT BUSES: N0, N1, N2, N13, N14, N15, N16, N17 (these buses usually run from 23:00, throughout the night).
ON FOOT: if you’re already in the Poble Sec or Sants-Montjuïc area, the best way to get there is on foot.

After watching the fireworks, if you were planning to catch the Metro straight away we’d recommend waiting a bit, as there are often queues due to the sheer amount of people travelling at the same time. Another option, if you’re catching Line 3 of the Metro, is to walk up to the nearby stop of Tarragona, where the queue won’t be anything like as long.

2. In your hotel or accommodation

New Year's Eve hotel Barcelona

The vast majority of hotels and accommodation options usually organize a New Year’s Eve dinner, and in many cases a post-dinner party, or even a package offer, so that all the guests can enjoy this special occasion. It’s certainly an excellent idea, given the convenience of staying in the hotel and enjoying the celebrations all under the same roof. Although every hotel will have a different way of organising and charging for their events, they will all charge you extra if you’d like to join in their celebrations.

3. Parties in the local bars and restaurants

Barcelona’s restaurants, and many bars, also join in the celebrations by organising special New Year’s Eve dinners, which are of course a wonderful way to see in the New Year. After dinner you can also choose to go to one of the many nightclubs in Barcelona, if you feel the night’s still young and you want to see in the New Year on a high.

Recommended bars and restaurants

c/ Manuel Arnús, 2
Dinner and New Year’s Eve party
(0034) 934 18 58 80

c/ Tuset 19-21
Dinner (party optional)
(0034) 937 00 44 53

c/ Montcada, 20
Dinner and New Year’s Eve party
(0034) 933 10 06 73

c/ Balmes, 24
Dinner and Drag Queen show

(0034) 933 17 22 48

Poble Espanyol
Flamenco dinner and show
(0034) 933 25 68 95

pl. Catalunya, 21
Dinner and New Year’s Eve party
(0034) 932 70 23 05

pl. Rosa dels Vents
Dinner and party (W Lounge)
(0034) 932 95 26 37

Passeig Barceloneta, 32
Dinner and New Year’s Eve party
(0034) 932 240 47

Passeig Joan de Borbó, 88
Luxury dinner
(0034) 932 21 00 07

Passeig Marítim, 36
Dinner and New Year’s Eve party
(0034) 932 25 92 00

c/ Pau Clarís, 92
Dinner and New Year’s Eve party
(0034) 933 34 02 58

pl. Doctor Andreu
Dinner-cocktail and party
(0034) 934 17 92 79

4. Nightclubs and organised parties

Many nightclubs organise New Year’s Eve parties on their premises, for which we recommend buying tickets in advance. This will ensure that you avoid disappointment, as well as often saving money on the on-the-door entry price. Depending on the year, huge New Year’s Eve parties are sometimes organised in some of the city’s large open spaces that can accommodate big crowds. It’s also advisable to book tickets for these in advance.

Nightclubs and parties recommended

c/ Pamplona, 88
New Year’s Eve party
(0034) 933 20 82 00

pl. Doctor Andreu
New Year’s Eve party
(0034) 934 18 58 79

c/ de Vila i Vilà, 99
Burlesque Show
(0034) 932 05 51 11

c/ Ramón Trias Fargas, 2-4
House music with international DJs
(0034) 932 24 07 40

Passeig de Gràcia, 73
Music and quiet atmosphere
(0034) 934 45 32 26

pl. Reial, 17
Party and music with DJs
(0034) 933 04 12 10

Avda. Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, 13
New Year’s Eve party
(0034) 935 08 63 00

Passeig Marítim, 34
Party (optional dinner)
(0034) 655 57 69 98

Passeig Barceloneta, 38
Party (optional dinner)
(0034) 648 81 59 85

c/ Lincoln, 15
New Year’s Eve party
(0034) 626 95 18 23

Rambla Catalunya, 2-4
New Year’s Eve party
(0034) 932 38 07 22

c/ Tuset, 13
Party with DJs
(0034) 667 43 27 59

It’s always best to book your New Year’s Eve entertainment in advance, whether it’s dinner in a restaurant, a party in a bar or nightclub, or an organised event. This means you’ll be sure to celebrate New Year’s Eve the way you want to, and by doing so you might also save money. Now the opportunity to spend a fantastic New Year’s Eve in Barcelona just depends on you, so don’t hesitate any more and get planning – we’re waiting for you!

New year’s eve party video

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Five tradition and customs

If we were to compare the traditions of celebrating New Year’s Eve in Barcelona and the rest of Spain with those of various cities across Europe and the rest of the world, we’d find that although there are a few similarities, there are also many differences.

1. New Year’s Eve Dinner

There’s no traditional meal as such for New Year’s Eve in Spain, but it’s normal for the people of Barcelona to dine with family and friends, and it’s the time of year when people decide to treat themselves to something a little more elaborate or expensive, with good seafood featuring wherever the budget permits.

2. The chimes and the twelve grapes

The Spanish tradition of accompanying the midnight chimes by eating twelve grapes appears to have started towards the end of the 19th century, quite possibly in Madrid in 1896, when a group of people decided to go to the Plaza del Sol to re-enact, with a little irony, the custom which was observed by the bourgeoisie – that of accompanying their New Year’s Eve meal with grapes and Champagne. It gradually turned into a tradition in itself, partly due to the coverage in the press, and became an annual event in 1909 when the farmers of Levante, Murcia and Alicante decided to popularize the tradition in order to meet an overproduction of grapes that year, bringing it across Spain, including to Barcelona.

Now it’s said that whoever manages to eat the twelve grapes at the sound of the twelve chimes at midnight without choking will have good luck throughout the forthcoming year.

3. Red lingerie!

Wearing red lingerie on New Year’s Eve is more of a superstition than a tradition. It’s becoming more common, and as the colour red is seen to be synonymous with prosperity, especially in relation to love, it’s seen to bring luck in the year that lies ahead.

4. A ring in a glass of Cava

Another tradition is that of toasting the New Year with a ring inside a glass of Cava. It’s said to bring wealth and prosperity in the coming year.

5. New Year’s Resolutions

Making a wish list of things to achieve or experience in the year ahead is almost an obligation, in order to approach the New Year with enthusiasm and good intentions. Of course making a list isn’t good enough in itself – it comes with the promise to make an effort to ensure that the resolutions become reality.

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