New Years parties in Madrid are celebrated with traditional Spanish flare in the homes of residents, on the streets of the town, and in restaurants, bars, clubs, and Madrid hotels. Cities all around the country such as Seville and Barcelona also celebrate the holiday in grand fashion, but none of the celebrations quite equal those on New Years Eve in Madrid.
New Years Parties in Madrid
Madrid is the largest city in Spain and also the capital. It is the third most populous city in the entire European Union. Ibiza and Mallorca are enviable locations to ring in this festive holiday, but New Years Eve in Madrid hosts some of the biggest and wildest parties on the Iberian Peninsula. If you have the opportunity to enjoy a Madrid New Year you will not be disappointed. People gather together to celebrate with a glass of Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) and to dance and listen to music as they kiss the old year goodbye and enthusiastically greet a new one with New Years pictures and toasts.
Many clubs and restaurants host New Years parties in Madrid much like those in Las Vegas or New York City. For around 40 to 60 Euros you are able to purchase reservations to a fine restaurant that includes dinner, drinks, and a midnight toast. If you are having dinner as a part of your 2016 Madrid New Year celebration then you are best advised to do so as close to the city limits as possible so as to not miss out on the Metro running downtown to all of the festivities going on later in the night. You will encounter plenty of nightlife, dining, and entertainment in the various neighborhoods in Madrid. For a spectacular New Years Eve in Madrid consider heading to the Puerta del Sol or the Plaza Santa Ana where you will find a range of establishments celebrating the occasion. Be aware, however, that in order to make sure that employees get to spend this important holiday with their families as well, many places close at 1 a.m. Places like the Hotel Catalonia Las Cortes and other such fine hotels and resorts are also a good option for people looking to celebrate the New Year in luxurious surroundings while in Madrid.
As you prepare for your Madrid New Year, you will need to purchase more than just a bottle or two of Cava. You will also want to buy twelve grapes. The grapes are an important part of the Madrid New Year tradition and really of the whole country's in general. At the stroke of midnight you eat each of the twelve grapes for each stroke of the clock. This is an interesting tradition that is not unique to Spain, but celebrated most widely here. It is not surprising given the fact that such amazing wines are produced in this country that grapes should become an important part of the cultural celebration surrounding New Years Eve in Madrid and other parts of Spain. This charming tradition and the relaxed and romantic general atmosphere in Spain will make your Madrid New Year a truly pleasurable and distinctive experience.
Spaniards love to have a great time as much as anyone else. On New Years Eve the Cava, grapes, music, dancing, food and fun is abundant. There are countless New Years parties in Madrid. One is sure to be the perfect fit for your ideal 2016 New Years Eve celebration.
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