I’ve spent one New Year’s Eve in Barcelona and it was one of the worsts. This is because I didn’t pay attention or checked the forums before going.
So let’s start:
- Don’t expect the weather to be great, as I did. I was freezing and in need to buy clothes for winter as my luggage was for spring. Check the weather.
- Don’t expect public concerts or celebrations like we have in my home country, where everybody attends in public markets.
- if you still do wanna do go out in Plaza Catalunya you shall be with the immigrants, all crowded, fireworks and a lot of alcohol in the air. It quickly becomes a ring for street fights and broken bottles.
- Everything closes early at night, but at least there are a lot of beer can vendors. So please make your shopping ahead, check for restaurant and stay at home late at night.
- If no reservation ahead, restaurants are full and often closed before midnight. Catalans stay with families and friends and go out after midnight. I ended up having a panini on La Rambla and then entering a club for the night.
So, please prepare your trip by checking the weather, packing accordingly, checking the restaurants, maybe a concert.
Be polite and respectful with the locals as they tend to be very family linked and to observe specific habits like the eating of grapes.