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Friday, December 28, 2012 (read 1597 times)

5 Public Squares to See in Spain at Christmas

by Dilek

Christmas and New Year’s Eve are important events for Spaniards that they celebrate with great enthusiasm and joy. While Christmas in Spain is family gathering event around dinner table, New Year’s Eve celebration is more of a group activity.

It is a general tendency to rent country houses with friends, welcome the new year eating, drinking and singing till the sun rises or hotels have special offers for couples or families. There is a great majority wants to share the excitement with other people at streets and the best place to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve is public squares or in Spanish “Plaza Mayor”. It will be a pleasant way to spend this holiday week like Spaniards as they justify the common belief of being easygoing and knowing how to party. There is a Plaza Mayor in almost every Spanish town and these 5 amazing public squares that one should at least see or undoubtedly must be the reason to celebrate the New Year in Spain for a fun start of the year.

1-     Madrid: There are two important places in Madrid. One is Plaza Mayor and the other is Puerta del Sol. Plaza Mayor is a great attraction sight to visit yet generally when the bell tolls 12 times at midnight, people are ready at Puerta del Sol to eat 12 grapes and drink their champagnes.

2-     Salamanca: The famous Plaza Mayor where everyone first goes to see at his first visit is a wonderful landmark and example of Spanish architecture. It will be quite clear how it can be awesome to celebrate New Year’s Eve if you check the pictures of Nochevieja Universitaria.

3-     Seville: The capital of Andalusia, the heartbeat of flamenco and the south breeze will keep you warm at Plaza de San Francisco. Christmas is celebrated in a devoted way and you can see Belen figures in main locations. Plaza de España is also a must go location on your New Year’s celebration mini journey in Seville.

4-     Granada: The citizens of Granada will wait impatiently for the New Year to come at Plaza del Carmen. This year 3000 cotillion bags and grapes will be delivered to the crowd and also the fireworks will light up the sky at midnight.

5-     Barcelona: Plaça Catalunya is one of the main places to go and the previous years it hosted around 5000 people. Yet there is another place which offers you an unforgettable moment of the light show of the famous Agbar Tower is called Glòries.

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