What to Do on New Year’s Eve in Barcelona in 2019

This blog post was originally posted on December 14, 2015 and was updated on November 14, 2019.

There’s no better place to party than Barcelona—especially on New Year’s Eve.

From traditional sit-down dinners at home with the whole family, to all-out ragers in the city’s hottest nightclubs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on New Year’s Eve in Barcelona. The vibrant Catalan capital is the perfect place to ring in 2020, no matter what your party style may be. Complete with grapes, seasonal food and a whole lot of cava, New Year’s Eve in Barcelona is unlike anywhere else on earth. Get ready for a party you’ll never forget!

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Feast on a New Year’s Eve menu

Just like at Christmas, many of Barcelona’s top restaurants offer special set menus on New Year’s Eve. While prices are much higher compared to a normal night of the year, it’s often the most delicious way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Barcelona. Enjoy a culinary journey around Catalonia and Spain as a whole through fabulous food designed by world-class chefs and paired beautifully with fabulous local wines. Don’t forget the cava to wash it all down!

READ MORE: Where to Eat Dinner on New Year’s Eve in Barcelona in 2019

It's not New Year's Eve in Barcelona without plenty of cava!
Plenty of cava is a New Year’s Eve must!

Head to a New Year’s party

Think you’ve already experienced Barcelona’s nightlife to the fullest? Think again.

On New Year’s Eve in Barcelona, dozens of the city’s most iconic clubs open their doors for special festivities that last until well past dawn. Usually tickets will be much cheaper online than at the door, so be sure to check your favorite club’s website in advance to secure your spot.

You only live once, so don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to dance and party the night away on New Year’s Eve in Barcelona!

Eat grapes at the Magic Fountain

No matter where you may find yourself in Spain, the first thing locals will do at the stroke of midnight on January 1 is immediately start shoving 12 grapes in their mouths.

This fun tradition, while surprisingly difficult to take part in (have you ever tried eating 12 grapes in 12 seconds before?) is said to help ensure good luck in the new year. Here in Barcelona, you’ll find the biggest crowds and most festive atmosphere at Plaça Espanya at Montjuïc’s famous Magic Fountain.

The grape-eating is made all the more festive with lights, music, and of course, fireworks. New Year’s Eve in Barcelona doesn’t get much better than this!

The 12 midnight grapes are a key part of celebrating New Year's Eve in Barcelona. Can you eat yours before the clock finishes chiming?
It isn’t officially the new year until all the grapes have been eaten! Photo credit: Chris Oakley

Spend the evening with Mediterranean views

The Hotel W, which you’ll probably recognize from its distinctive sail shape, is the other epicenter of New Year’s Eve in Barcelona besides the Magic Fountain.

Here, locals and visitors alike gather to experience one of the most exclusive New Year’s Eve parties in the city. The location can’t get much better—right on the popular Barceloneta beach with sweeping Mediterranean views—and the classy hotel truly goes all out for the celebration.

Take a swim

You think we’re kidding, but we’re not! Just ask the hundreds of brave souls who take part in El Primer Bany de l’Any (“the first swim of the year”) at the San Sebastián Beach.

First thing in the morning on January 1, everyone takes to the waves to start the new year off on a memorable (and cold!) note. Be sure to join them if you think you’re up to the challenge!

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