Madrid; a New Year’s Eve guide for the international student
Madrid is a very international, cultured and amazing city. The capital of Spain is exciting, and living there is an adventure. In this blog, I will try to guide you and tell you as much as I can about what this city has to offer you with New Year’s Eve!
There are many ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Madrid. Nochevieja, New Year’s Eve in Spanish, is the biggest party night of the year. The cava will be drunk all night long, the clubs do not close until the metro is opened again and there is a party-vibe everywhere. I will tell you about the best ways to celebrate the first night of the new year!
At Puerta del Sol, the main plaza in Madrid, there are lots of people celebrating the New Year. The huge clock, shining all over the plaza from the tower of the Real Casa de Correos building (the old postoffice), marks the official start of the New Year. When the clock strikes 12 dongs, the Madrileños eat 12 grapes. They eat a grape for every month of the new year, because they believe this brings them luck in each of the twelve months. When the clock strikes 12, the cava (Spanish sparkling wine) is opened and the partying can begin.
After you drank your first glass of cava in the New Year and you want a great party, go to one of the two biggest clubs, most popular clubs in Madrid. In Kapital, you pay 50 euros for free entrance, 5 mixed drinks and seven floors of different styles of music. Joy Esclava has an open bar with New Year’s Eve, which means you can drink all night long for only € 75,-. This is only when you buy your tickets beforehand, because at the door the tickets will cost 20 euros more. These parties both start at 12:30.
If you are not that into partying, you can also celebrate it in a more traditional way. It is typical for the Madrileños to celebrate the New Year with their family. As I already mentioned in the Christmas blog, the Spaniards spend the holidays mostly with their family. The holidays run from nochebuena, which is Christmas Eve, until the 6th of January, Three Kings Day (Día de los Reyor Magos).
Traditionally, the Spaniards have see food, scallops, shrimp or oysters) for dinner. Other dishes could be lamb or fish. They also watch the clock of Sol strike midnight on their television, drink cava and eat the 12 grapes for luck in the New Year.
Happy New Year everyone!!
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