When I spent my first New Year’s Eve in Barcelona, people told me that this night is traditionally spent in families’ homes and that the party only gets started some time after midnight. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there is certainly no lack of merriment on the streets if you know where to look. If you are after a bit of atmosphere and people to share the last moments of 2016 with, here are some of the liveliest places where the crowds gather.
Street events for Barcelona New Year’s Eve 2016-2017
For the 4th year running, Avinguda Maria Cristina, just off Plaça Espanya, is hosting a colourful celebration filled with music, special effects and fireworks centered around the Montjüic fountains. There will be thousands of people standing by, waiting for that moment they get to spray everyone with Cava. Make sure you get there early if you want to be close to the action.
As one of the central spots of the city, it’s no surprise that Plaça Catalunya gets absolutely packed on New Year’s Eve with people ready to party. If you forget your grapes and Cava, never fear, there will be plenty of people around ready to help you out…for a price. If you’re looking for crowds, this is the place to be.
In an attempt to lure people out of the city centre, the Agbar Tower started its own tradition. This iconic piece of the Barcelona landscape in Glòries puts on a giant lights show to welcome in the New Year with the entire façade lit up in different colours, timing it perfectly with every chime of the clock.
Clubs and parties to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Barcelona
The above places file out pretty quickly after midnight as people head off to their respective parties. If you’re looking to party the night away, there are plenty of clubs that offer their own festivities. Here are a couple of popular ones and I would definitely recommend buying tickets in advance.
With 5 rooms to choose from with different DJs, there’s surely something for everyone. Choice of entrance from 10:30pm (€50 in advance, €60 at the door) or from just after midnight (€40 in advance, €60 at the door). More info at Razzmatazz
If you like 90’s music and you are looking for a more affordable way to welcome 2017, Apolo Night Club offers it all. At just €18 you can head here for a full array of DJ’s that will play all night long. The party starts at 1am so you will have to celebrate the bells beforehand. More info at Apolo
If you’re planning on seeing the fireworks at Plaça Espanya, it’s not far to travel to this party mostly followed by young students. The event lasts from 10.30pm to 6am and it costs €35 in advance and €50 on the door (other VIP tickets also available). Remember to wrap up warm as it is an outdoor party. More info at Poble Espanyol
The metro runs all night but bear in mind that the closer you get to midnight, the busier it will get, so make sure you leave to get where you’re going in plenty of time.. Take it from someone who spent one New Year in Barcelona stuck on the metro at midnight missing the fireworks. Whatever you end up doing, check you have your obligatory 12 grapes for luck, and see in the New Year with a bang.
Our Old City and Gaudí Free Walking Tours will be running as usual on December 31st. Please remember that there are no tours on January 1st so see you all on the 2nd!
Photograph by Jacinta Lluch Valero
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