This blog post was originally posted on December 8, 2015, and was updated on October 19, 2018.
Passionate Seville comes more alive than ever on the last night of the year.
From cozy family celebrations at home to massive, all-out fiestas in the street, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Seville. Whether it’s your first time in the city or you’ve called the Andalusian capital home for years, we think you’ll agree that New Year’s truly takes Seville’s fun and festive atmosphere to the next level. Here are our favorite ways to send the old year out with a bang and welcome the new with open arms!
Enjoy a New Year’s meal at a restaurant
Seville’s food scene is unrivaled throughout the rest of the year. With that being said, just imagine the extravagant options available on December 31! There’s no better way to say adiós to 2018 than with a hearty meal shared in good company. This is a popular option for many families who want to celebrate by treating themselves with a classy meal out. However, it also makes a great choice for visitors from out of town spending New Year’s Eve in Seville.
Keep your eyes open for any special holiday menus at restaurants throughout the city. From a fresh, healthy meal at ConTenedor (Calle San Luis, 50) to upscale wine-and-dining with sweeping riverside views at Abades Triana (Calle Betis, 69), there’s no shortage of perfect culinary experiences awaiting you throughout the city. No matter where you’d like to eat, just be sure to call ahead and reserve your spot, as space is limited for these popular holiday meals.
Eat grapes in Plaza Nueva
Eating grapes may seem like a fairly inconsequential activity, but not here in Spain. On New Year’s Eve, the tasty fruits take on special meaning as Spaniards across the country pop 12 grapes into their mouths at the stroke of midnight, one for each chime of the clock. They say that this brings good luck in the new year, so it can’t hurt to try! On New Year’s Eve in Seville, Plaza Nueva is party (and grape-eating) central. It gets crowded, but creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere you won’t soon forget. Plus, it’s hard to beat the gorgeously decorated location set aglow with twinkling holiday lights!
Head to a New Year’s Eve party
Get your party on in style at one of the most exclusive events on New Year’s Eve in Seville! Throughout the city, plenty of luxury hotels host cotillones, or galas, where you can ring in the new year in the lap of luxury and party until dawn. One of the most extravagant experiences takes place at the iconic Hotel Alfonso XIII (Calle San Fernando, 2), where you’ll be able to enjoy a sit-down meal followed by an all-night cocktail party complete with dancing.
Another more low-key yet equally excellent option is available at the EME Catedral Hotel (Calle Alemanes, 27). Their yearly New Year’s Eve festivities consist of dinner in their lovely terrace restaurant followed by a sophisticated party at their rooftop bar (one of the best in Seville). The awe-inspiring views of the cathedral and majestic Giralda tower provide the perfect backdrop for ringing in 2019!
See a flamenco show
Everyone has heard of flamenco, but you haven’t truly experienced this passionate art form until you’ve seen a show here in Seville. Internationally known for its iconic flamenco tradition, the Andalusian capital provides a whole host of traditional flamenco shows on New Year’s Eve. Two iconic locales with special New Year’s Eve events each year are Casa de la Memoria (Calle Cuna, 6) and the Museo del Baile Flamenco (Calle Manuel Rojas Marcos, 3). We can’t think of a more Andalusian way to ring in New Year’s Eve in Seville!
Take a cruise up the Guadalquivir River
Can’t decide between all of the above? Luckily, you don’t have to. For the ultimate way to experience New Year’s Eve in Seville, take a special river cruise with Sevilla Guia. Their once-in-a-lifetime New Year’s Eve experience includes a traditional meal, flamenco show, the midnight grapes (of course!) and free-flowing drinks at an open bar. All this takes place as you float up the Guadalquivir, offering stunning views of Seville on either side.
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After studying in Andalusia, Jaimie made sure he was on the first possible flight back to Seville—the day after graduation! Many years later, he is fully immersed in Spain’s culinary world and has shown thousands of guests the secrets of sherry and tapas.