Why not treat yourself this year, and celebrate New Year’s Eve 2017/2018 somewhere warm and sunny? We’ve got some amazing late deals, plus great value all-inclusive holidays, that mean that an escape to the sun for your New Year break is surprisingly affordable! Our favourite places to celebrate in style this year include perennially popular Spain and Portugal, where the locals really know how to put on a party, and some of our best long haul destinations, such as Cape Verde or the Caribbean, where the New Year’s celebrations come with calypso and salsa rhythms! Don’t miss out on our top picks for where to go for New Year’s Eve 2017/2018!
New Year’s Eve 2017/2018 in Spain
The Spanish know how to have a good time and New Year’s Eve is a fantastic excuse for a party! Don’t forget to have your 12 grapes ready for the midnight chimes on the 31 of December: eating a grape at each chime will bring you luck! You could celebrate in Madrid, on the Puerta del Sol, which is the very centre of Spain. Or in Barcelona, where the New Year is rung in with a fabulous firework show. Or head to seductive Seville, where you can join the locals on a crawl of the tapas bars before heading to the Plaza Nueva for the midnight countdown with your grapes!
New Year’s Eve 2017/2018 in the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands, just off the coast of Africa, are a fabulous destination if you want to combine winter sun with an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party. You could head to the mega-clubs in popular resorts like Playa del Inglés or Maspalomas on Gran Canaria, or Playa de las Américas or Costa Adeje on Tenerife. Or gather with the locals to watch the amazing firework’s show in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. If you prefer something more low-key, all the smaller towns and villages host their own celebrations, often with live bands, street parties and fireworks.
New Year’s Eve 2017/2018 in Portugal
Ring out the New Year in style in gorgeous Portugal! The local tradition is to eat 12 raisins – one for each of the midnight chimes on the 31st December. There are street parties in Lisbon, the beautiful capital, and you should head to the castle of São Jorge for the best views of the fireworks exploding over the city below. Or dance through the historic streets of Porto, before eating your raisins with the enormous crowds gathered on the Avenida dos Aliados in front of Porto’s City Hall.
The Algarve’s resorts put on a sparkling show for New Year’s Eve: the stunning Praia dos Pescadores beach in Albufeira is a magical place to watch the firework’s show, and is followed by an all-night party. Other top resorts for New Year’s Eve parties include Lagos, Portimão, and Faro. Some of the very best celebrations of all are held in Funchal, a gorgeous harbour town in Madeira, which has made it into the Guinness Book of Records for the world’s biggest firework show! (If you like fireworks, check out our blog on the top 5 firework displays around the world!)
New Year’s Eve 2017/2018 in the Caribbean
What could be more heavenly than celebrating New Year’s Eve on a gorgeous Caribbean beach? In Barbados, the 31st of December is called ‘Old Year’s Night’, and is celebrated with parties and firework displays on the beach. You could even take one of the cruises around the gorgeous coastline that take in the best of the firework shows. If you’re in the mood for a serious party, there are spectacular events in the big clubs in popular resorts like Cancun on the Riviera Maya or you could kick back at a beach bar in laid-back Tulum.
New Year’s Eve 2017/2018 in Cape Verde
Escape the UK’s grey skies this New Year’s and fly off to Cape Verde! This spectacular group of islands off the west coast of Africa is an alluring blend of African and European cultures, and feels a million miles away from the daily grind back home. Celebrate New Year’s Eve on one of the stunning beaches on Sal, or in a nightclub in vibrant Santa Maria. Whatever you do, you can be sure that New Year’s Eve 2017/2018 is a celebration you’ll never forget! (Find out which Cape Verde island is for you here!)