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What to do in Barcelona for New Year’s Eve

Barcelona news and culture | 26.12.2022

It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2022 and greet the New Year, an amazing opportunity to celebrate with family and friends and have fun before going back to the dreaded routine.

If you are planning to spend the last night of the year in Barcelona, you are surely looking for the best New Year’s Eve plans in the city. We help you with a selection of things to do that will make this night the most special one. Keep reading to find the best ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Barcelona this 2022!


A typical New Year’s Eve in Spain

In Spain, the last night of December is called Nochevieja, which is the evening of the 31st. Usually, your night starts feasting with family and eating traditional dishes and sweets. There is also a tradition to wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve for good luck.

When midnight comes, Spanish people eat 12 grapes synchronized to the last 12 seconds of the year, marked by bell chimes! If you manage to eat them all in time (and without choking), you will be blessed with good luck for the following year.

After finishing the grapes and cava, locals will often head out to meet friends at various points in the city and party the night away, though some people stay in and keep the party going at home.


Top plans to do in Barcelona for New Year’s Eve 2022

There’s all kind of ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Barcelona: from gatherings with the family, party time with friends at the local clubs or fun with kids. These are some of our favorite ones:

Try one of Barcelona’s restaurants on New Year’s Eve

Many restaurants host their own New Year’s Eve dinner in Barcelona, and they usually stay open for the countdown and well past midnight. Most of them offer a closed menu with a set price that includes drinks and dessert, so you won’t be shocked when the bill comes.

Make sure to plan your dinner in advance because the restaurants might get booked up quickly. This is a great opportunity to taste the traditional Catalan and Spanish dishes of the season. A delicious and comforting Mediterranean meal, accompanied by tasty wines and champagnes… Can you think of a better way to start off the new year?

Celebrate the NYE’s countdown from the streets

The main spot to welcome the New Year in Barcelona is Plaça Espanya, next to the Montjuïc fountain. This is the official celebration in the city, consisting of a free event with music, lights, and a wonderful pyrotechnic display around the Magic Fountain. Make sure you get there early. The event itself begins around 11:45 pm and includes a spectacular firework show and some performances. Watching the Magic Fountain of Barcelona in New Year’s Eve is a great option if you’re spending a few days in the city, and you don’t have friends or family here.

Join a New Year’s Eve party in Barcelona

Most of the clubs in Barcelona celebrate New Year’s Eve with a theme party that becomes THE party of the year. If you’re looking to dance the night away, there’s plenty on offer, but remember to buy tickets in advance! Razzmatazz, Opium and Pacha Club organize great parties on the 31st, and they will surely be packed. 

Rooftop Terraces to welcome the New Year

If you fancy seeing the city’s fireworks from above, then check out some of the many rooftop terraces available in the city. For views looking down into the whole city, check out Mirablau Club on Tibidabo Hill.


Book your accommodation for New Year’s Eve in Barcelona

If you are spending New Year’s Eve in Barcelona and looking for the perfect accommodation, we recommend you book one of our apartments in Barcelona, located near the best attractions and right in the center of the city.

Our apartments are furnished and totally equipped for families, couples or group or friends. We will sort out anything you need thanks to our exclusive 24/7 concierge service. Discover all our apartments for rent in Barcelona and find the ideal one for your stay in Barcelona!

Enjoy this Holiday season with YouStylish apartments and have a Happy New Year!

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