The Spanish capital and one of the biggest cities in the whole of Europe comes to life on New Years Eve, with the temperate Mediterranean climate making pleasant weather likely, and enabling the street parties and outdoor, family friendly celebrations favoured by the local populace.
In Madrid for NYE 2018 there are no plans for a large scale municipal fireworks display as the city looks to continue to be a victim of the sweeping austerity measures affecting the continent. Don't let this put you off visiting though, there will still be a massive variety of parties and entertainment taking places at the city's buzzing bar, restaurant and hotel scene, and the crowds will still gather in the central Puerto del Sol as the countdown to midnight approaches, with the main party clustered around the Casa de Correos building.
The main Spanish tradition is eating grapes as the clock strikes midnight - one for each of the twelve chimes to be precise, so make sure you pay a visit to the local fruitmarket before you head out for the night, although you will usually find that enterprising street vendors will capitalise on the tradition by selling (overpriced!) bunches to you as the hour approaches.
The New Years Eve party in Madrid lasts until dawn, with the bars keeping their doors open until the last of the patrons have left, so you may not get the best value out of your hotel room, but there are plenty places to choose from if you would like to extend your visit. Top recommended hotels include the Artrip, Hotel Preciados, Gran Melia Fenix, NH Palacia de Tepa, Hotel Atlantico, The Westin Palace Madrid and Catalonia des Cortes.
This site is an excellent resource for finding the top concerts, events and parties in Madrid over the new year holiday period: Madrid party listings
Places to watch live online - there are webcams positioned at key locations around the city, including at the Puerto del Sol, which can help bring you closer to the party come new year's eve:
If you're planning on visiting Madrid over the New Year period, then like most major European city destinations over the festive season early reservation is strongly recommended.
One venue we can recommend that always hosts special events and has some excellent offers over the festive season is the Westin Palace Madrid.
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