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New Years Eve in Alicante

Credit: Creative Commons/rLachlan Hardy
Credit: Creative Commons/r Lachlan Hardy
In the Spanish city of Alicante, Christmas and New Year has never been a truly cold affair. The weather in Alicante is cool and almost warm during the day, so you are not compelled to wear all your woollens and shiver in the cold.
The New Years Eve in Alicante is a normal affair till the evening and the shops and offices go about their business till six o’clock. The evening meal is mostly a family affair, and friends and family gather together at home or at a restaurant to celebrate the evening with delicious food and drinks. Special delicacies made up of seafood such as prawns and lobsters are served for the occasion along with foot tapping music. Cava, an exotic Spanish equivalent of champagne, is popped open and the evening sets in welcoming the New Year with promises of hope and happiness for the future.

As the tradition goes, when the clock strikes twelve for each of the twelve chimes we have to eat a grape quickly. There are also many superstitions linked with this tradition such as wearing something black when the clock struck 12, writing down your wishes on a piece of paper and burning it or putting some amount of gold in the glass.

2 comments

Dee
Hi, Could you advise me please, We are going to Alicante for Christmas for the first time, do you recommend we go half board in the hotel, or eat out, will the restaurants be open Christmas eve and day? Also if we stay in a hotel going half board would you recommend one? It does not have to be fancy just a nice hotel that does nice food, thanks in Advance

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