Celebrating New Years in Spain
If you are spending your New Year’s break in Spain then be sure to celebrate it the right way. Read on to discover how the Spanish celebrate New Year’s in preparation for your time over there.
New Year’s Eve (Nochevieja) and New Year’s Day in Spain is a time to celebrate what the year has brought you, what the new year will bring you and spend quality time with family and friends around you.
Food to enjoy
Food in Spain is important throughout the year, particularly at Christmas time and New Year’s.
Many families in Spain come together to celebrate New Year’s Day by eating a lentil and chorizo soup or stew at lunch time. One reason why they eat lentils originates from Italy, where they are thought to bring prosperity.
On New Year’s Eve people participate by eating 12 grapes.
They eat one grape at one strike of the clock or chime of the church bells. When eating a grape, the person makes a wish and this tradition means many people view the 12 grapes as lucky.
Pro tip – be sure to buy small, seedless grapes to help you eat all 12 in time! Each grape represents each month, so if you manage to eat all 12 and make a wish when eating each one, then you’ll be sure to have a good, lucky New Year.
In many parts of Spain people gather in their local square to celebrate this tradition together before ringing in the New Year. So, if you are spending New Year’s at one of Trujillo’s villas then be sure to head out to the main square to celebrate the New Year that’s to come alongside our friendly, heart-warming locals.
Additionally, this offers the opportunity to take in the breath taking Spanish Renaissance architecture of the square.
Drinks to get you merry
As well as eating 12 grapes, drinking bottles of cava is a must! Cava is a type of sparkling wine originating in Catalonia; a region of Spain, but is also produced in other regions of Spain. Therefore, you will be truly immersing yourself into the Spanish culture by drinking sparkling wine that is produced here.
Part of the tradition of drinking cava at New Year’s in Spain involves dropping a gold item into their glass before the midnight toast.
If you drink the entire glass after the toast and get back your gold items then it is thought to bring you actual fortune, as well as good fortune, for the New Year.
Other quirky traditions
In Spain at New Year’s it is a long-lasting tradition that the first step you take should be on your right foot following the English saying of ‘start(ing) on the right foot’.
Therefore, whatever you do following the final strike of the clock or chime of the bells, be sure to place your right foot down first so that the New Year will bring you good luck and fortune!
Key places to celebrate New Year’s Eve
One of the most famous places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Spain is in Madrid at the Puerta del Sol Square. People from all over gather in the square just before the countdown to the New Year to celebrate and ring it in surrounded by friends, family and others. The square becomes home to a huge party on New Year’s Eve.
Other places to celebrate the New Year in Spain include Plaza Espańa in Barcelona, Plaza de Avuntamiento in Valencia and Plaza del Carmen in Granada.
If you are in Barcelona then it is recommended that you get close to the Magic Fountain because here there are water and music displays and stage performances.
Also, if you are spending time in Trujillo at one of our luxury villas then head to the main square to celebrate the New Year there alongside the locals and other holidaymakers.
Here at Trujillo Villas we cannot recommend it enough to visit Spain at Christmas time particularly to celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Browse our selection of luxury villas in Spain to spend a truly magical holiday to Extremadura.