If you have chosen Portugal to spend New Year's Eve, it’s the right choice. The Portuguese capital offers a guaranteed party. Below, we give you some tips to say goodbye to the year 2020. Lisboetas call it the night of Réveillon.
New Year'as Eve in Lisbon: a good dinner
It is true that the menu of a New Year's Eve dinner in Lisbon does not differ in excess from what we can taste anywhere in the world, based on turkey, seafood and, of course, cod. Portugal has turned this fish into its national product, preparing it in more than 300 different ways!
Keep this in mind, when preparing or ordering your menu, either in a traditional tavern with background fados, or in a trendy restaurant: most of them offer you a special New Year's Eve menu, especially in the old town. You have a range of reasonable prices, but if you participate in a free tour through Lisbon, you should consult the guides who can give you all the necessary details to choose the best offer.
Whatever your choice, it is advisable that you book a few days in advance and take the necessary time to have dinner. From twelve o'clock, the big party begins on the streets of the city.
End of the year in Lisbon: traditions
Lisbon experiences the New Year's party closely, but it does it in a different way. We tell you some of the typical Christmas traditions that you will surely find during this New Year's Eve.
· Colour of the clothes: depending on what they want for next year, the Portuguese dress in a certain colour. Blue is said to be the colour of luck!
· They jump from a chair with the right foot after the bells, and it symbolizes the goodbye of the old year.
· Coin in the pockets. According to this tradition, carrying coins in jackets or pants will also bring us luck in the coming year.
· They eat raisins during the bells.
End of the year in Lisbon: what to do?
On New Year's Eve you have two clear options: Enjoy the street party or attend the many private events that take place in the city.
Praça do Comércio: kilometre 0
The Praça do Comércio or Terreiro do Paço is the heart of Lisbon on New Year's Eve. Thousands of people follow the traditional bells on a giant clock and toast with champagne for the new year.
After the midnight bells, the traditional fireworks show over the Tagus River begins.
Fireworks over the Tagus river
It is inescapable on Lisbon's New Year's Eve, becoming one of the preferred New Year's Eve breaks in all of Europe. You will be able to admire the show from the numerous viewpoints that are distributed throughout the city. There are several privileged points, such as the Parque das Nações, the São Jorge Castle and the Belém area. There is also the option of renting a boat.
Of course. Do not forget to enjoy a few shots of ginjinha to toast.
If you go to the Parque das Nações area, you will enjoy one of the most lively and awesome party nights in Lisbon. It’s a free option.
Anywhere in the city, Lisbon is a lively city and a very popular goal to enjoy New Year's Eve. You will find numerous events organized for this date, special evenings in discos and entertainment venues.
Enjoy the city. But let us give you an advice. Have you already scheduled your Christmas trip to Lisbon? We can advise you and reveal the secrets of a city where you will enjoy parties you will never forget.
Happy 2021 in Lisbon!