Are you all back from the Christmas hungover? Well, after 2 days of eating non-stop, we now have to concentrate on burning up all those calories around Barcelona discos! Have you decided what you are doing on New Year’s eve? I know, every year it’s such a headache to think of what you want to do, what your friends want to do, and to make those two coincide…
Well, whether you are here in Barcelona or planning to spend it here or elsewhere in Spain, I will definitely recommend you to consider going to a ‘cotillón’. These parties take place all around Spain in discos or bars. They cost around 30-50 euros, and include a fun-pack to spend the whole night in one place, without having to think ‘where do we go now?’. The fun-pack consists of some free drinks (5 or so), snacks, a ‘cotillón’ bag (with confetti, streamers, a mask and other things) and maybe some tickets to take part in a special draw that night.
This is the most common choice among groups of friends in Spain. For the ones in Barcelona, you can check tickets websites, or discos websites. I would personally recommend the one in City Hall (very close from the school, just off Plaza Cataluña) for 25 euros (with 2 drinks) or the one in Otto Zutz for 40 euros and 5 drinks included. If you have a favourite place to go out in Barcelona, you should just ask there for their ‘cotillón’.
On New Year’s Eve you mustn’t forget about the Spanish tradition ‘por excelencia’. Do you know how we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new year? We gather together to eat the ‘lucky grapes’. At midnight, we eat 12 grapes as the 12 bell strokes on the clock sound. On TV, each Spanish channel have special programmes for midnight that day. You can check an example:
Don’t forget to buy your 12 grapes for New Year’s Eve! Here in Barcelona, there is a big party in Plaza Cataluña, where people go to eat the grapes and celebrate the new year with cava. If you are close, you cant miss it!
¡Feliz Año nuevo a todos!