How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Barcelona 2014

Barcelona New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve in Barcelona (or “Cap d’Any” to the locals) is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry. The city more than makes up for having no central firework  displays with bars, hostels and clubs all promising the biggest and best 2014 NYE parties in the country.

At midnight, you are supposed to eat twelve grapes – one for each chime –  to bring you good luck for the rest of the year. This is no small feat, as grapes are pretty difficult to eat fast; you’ll notice people buying pre-peeled and tinned varieties to help things along in the big moment. Another tradition is to wear red underwear…

You can also expect to see L’Home dels Nassos, a character from Catalan myths, parading through the city streets giving out sweets to children. Legend has it that L’Home dels Nassos begins the year with 365 noses, and loses a nose every day until he’s left with just one on 31st December.

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2014 NYE street parties

Plaza Cataluña: Although it’s not an official event, about 50,000 people huddle around this main square in anticipation of the big moment – when the clock strikes 12 the grapes are scoffed and washed down with cava. No glass is allowed but they usually distribute biodegradable cups for you to decant your bottle of fizz in.

Torre Agbar: So Barcelona may not have a central firework display, but you can always rely on the Tower of Agbar to put on an awesome light show on New Year’s Eve. Located in Glòries, the tower changes colour with every midnight chime.

Poble Espanyol: This open-air museum built on Montjuïc Mountain has been hosting the biggest NYE party in Barcelona for 25 years. Spread across 3 indoor venues with live music and a steady flow of alcohol, you can expect the party to be raging until 6:30am. Tickets cost €35 and you can buy them in advance here

The beach: One of the best things about Barcelona is its city beach, and the weather in December is definitely bearable if you’re in the mood for a beach party. The seafront is always in full swing with bars and restaurants spilling out on to the road and the sand. Some of the biggest clubs can be found at the Olympic Port including Shôko, Opium Mar, Sotavento and Carpe Diem. At midnight, most places let off their own fireworks.

Running Crazy: Why not spend your Vew Year’s Eve doing a 10k run past Barcelona’s biggest sights? 8,000 runners set off at 5:30pm as the sun goes down along some of Barcelona’s grand boulevards and past many of the top sights. Find out more here

Other large crowds gather at Las Ramblas and Plaza Reial. It’s a Spanish tradition to kick of New Year’s Eve with a family meal before the young people head out to party.

The best clubs for NYE in Barcelona

So once you’ve had your meal (and your 12 grapes at midnight) it’s time to head out on the town. Here is a selection of the best Barcelona clubs and what they have planned for NYE 2014

Best for…feeling like a local in the know
A normal week here looks something like electro and house downstairs, live indie bands and DJs upstairs, and classic disco and indie djs on the top floor. It’s a medium-sized venue off the main cluster of clubs along Avenida Diagonal and definitely a local affair. The details of their NYE party are yet to be confirmed but there will definitely be a huge party.
Pl. Joan Llongueras 5 | Find out more here 

Best for…living it up large
Macarena Club:
The regular Macarena crowd can’t get enough of a pumping bassline. It’s certainly come a long way since it’s flamenco club roots – although the passion and energy of the crowd is still as strong as ever. There is definitely an NYE event scheduled, however detailed are yet to be confirmed.
Carrer Nou de Sant Francesc 5 | Find out more here

Last-minute accommodation

For the best price on your New Year’s Eve stay, be sure to book your accommodation as early as possible. We have some  great deals on hostels in Barcelona in our listings, including these guys:

Casa Gracia Barcelona Hostel: If you’re looking to join the crowd at the Plaza Cataluña this is the perfect place to stay as it’s just a few steps from the square.
Customer Rating: 94.9%
NYE availability:  Dorm beds from €34.20 per person, per night, privates from €43.65pppn | Book now

Sant Jordi Alberg: Just ten minutes’ walk from the Ramblas and Gothic quarter, staff organise parties and outings. They have a cosy lounge with movies for recovering the morning after.
Customer Rating: 97%
NYE Availability: Dorms from €32.90pppn | Book now

NYE transport

The metro in Barcelona runs throughout the night on New Year’s Eve in Barcelona, so you’ll have no problem getting back to you hostel.

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