• New Year’s Eve at Puerta del Sol in Madrid

    Puerta del Sol

    Thousands of people gather in the Puerta del Sol of Madrid, mile ‘0’ from where depart the roads of Spain in all directions and a meeting point that in 2012 has been big news around the world by acts of protest of millions of people.

    On the night of December 31st, all the people look to the chimes of the clock of the post House and await, excited, the arrival of a New Year’s Eve with the hope to have more fortune than in 2012.

    All kind of people assume this tradition that boasts little more than one century, but which has crossed the Atlantic and has become the starting point for a custom in the Latin American countries.

    An immense outdoors cotillion for celebrations which includes the traditional ‘twelve grapes of luck’ which, one by one, are ingested by the audience following the rhythm of each midnight chime.

    Each grape represents a month of the year and the desire that the good intentions came true during the New Year. Ahead, 365 days for destiny to reward each person with an outstanding year.

    Such contagious enthusiasm, more than welcome in such critical times, is lived in a unique way at Puerta del Sol in Madrid and turns into a massive spectacle where, aside from the dressing of Christmas lightings, spectacular lights and upbeat music, the real protagonists are the assistants.

    If you’re in the capital of Spain, or some of the Be Live Hotels destinations in this country, don’t miss the chance to get close to Madrid and live with the locals the last night of the year. It will be a magical and unforgettable experience and a very different New Year’s Eve.

    Creative Commons or Public Domain Image: Flickr/borkur.net

    Mar Santiago
    Mar Santiago
    She is a journalist and traveler, specialized in other cultures and countries in conflict. Mar has worked for major media networks as RNE, Diario16 Malaga and EFE.

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