Should you find yourself in Valencia for New Year, you’ll be
spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring this beautiful city.
Its heady mixture of historical architecture like the Church of San
Nicolas and the Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas, coupled with the
ultra modern, L'Oceanografic and the City of the Arts and Sciences,
is truly a wonder to look at.
Go shopping in the bustling Placa del Mercat and peruse the fresh fruit and vegetables, chocolates, souvenirs and spices. Grab a drink and a snack at one of the bistros and enjoy perusing the area. Or enjoy the warmer festive climate by taking a stroll through the huge Turia Gardens, a great spot for outdoor fans, cyclists, runners and keen photographers.
If you are in Valencia during December then venture to Plaza Ayuntamiento to see the large Christmas Tree and festive lights, or if you want to get your skates on there are usually icerinks in a couple of the shopping malls, El Saler and Aqua. If you want some festive treats then look out for the market in front of the Cathedral on Plaza de la Reina that sells traditional sweets, including delicious marzipan, nougat (Turron) and Spanish shortbread (Polvoron), nom nom! There’s also the Mercado de Navidad del Mercado Central.
For some carnival fun, take yourselves off to the Port of Valencia, around Calle Ingeniero Manuel Soto and la Avenida de Francia for the Christmas Funfair, with rides, candy floss and lots of fun.
It’s all happening on New Years Eve in Valencia, head to Plaza
del Ayuntamiento for the big countdown into 2017 and party the night
away with live DJs and fireworks. This is a huge free party so
remember it will be busy!
It’s a fabulous tradition in Spain to eat 12 grapes while the bells chime in the new year, just in case you’re looking around wondering if people are trying to fit in their 5-a day for 31st December. No, they are eating one grape for every bell chime and then if you‘ve got some on hand, washing it all down with a good cava!
If you are looking for nightlife then you should head to Barrio del Carmen in Valencia’s Old Town packed with bars and restaurants, a great alternative for bringing in the new year.
Hotels, restaurants and bars/clubs will be holding their own celebrations so check with the venue and get booked up in advance.
Enjoy some Spanish cuisine at one of the many inviting restaurants including:
Ricard Camarena Restaurant
Here is a great live webcam from Plaza del Ayuntamiento
If you’re spending New Year in Valencia then make sure you book
your accommodation in advance to ensure you get the place you want -
popular choices include:
Hospes Palau de la Mar Hotel
The Westin Valencia
You can search for deals at all of these venues, plus other local hotels here.