Plan a short break to Portugal and ring in the New Year in a more special and celebrated way this time. Be it Algarve, Lisbon, Porto, Madeira or any other city, the New Year’s Eve in Portugal is indeed a memorable affair. The activities involved as part of New Year here are many, but unique ranging from massive fireworks in the sky to eating 12 raisins while making 12 wishes for every month of the year.
Beginning with Porto, the City Council here promotes some of the best wine experiences for New Year. There are several entertainment places in the city that you may head to such as Avenida dos Aliados party, a few good restaurants in Ribeira and the cruises on River Douro. Visitors can even think of spending the evening in Lisbon. Praça do Comércio, Parque das Nações, and Cais do Sodré or Bairro Alto are its prime neighborhoods where you can have fun and frolic at its best.
Serra da Estrela and Algarve are two other eminent localities in Portugal where you can head to with your friends and family hoping for a blissful evening. One can plan a mini vacation to Tavira, Lagos or Faro in the fascinating settings of Algarve. For the adventure seekers, Serra da Estrela is just the ideal New Year getaway as you can enjoy several snow sports as well.
Even if there is nothing special going on, the local residents head to streets to raise toast to the New Year in Portugal. However, Madeira is one place that is an excellent local favorite for celebrations.
New Year’s Eve in Portugal (31st December 2015- 1st January 2016)
Posted Date: 21st September 2015
New Year Eve in Madeira
Being the most important tourist destination on the island, Madeira has a special mention in Guinness Book for its massive firework displays that last nearly 10 minutes.
These are spread over various regions in the city including the capital Funchal’s amphitheatre, at the sea and other regions. If possible stay back for the entire night to revel in ongoing celebrations.
Reminder- Do place advance reservations for your flight and hotel rooms as Portugal is quite a crowd puller.