Imagine this scenario: a New Year's Eve in good company, with good food (and drink) and a view worthy of Hollywood movies, right by the beach. Planted by the sea, Portugal is a true postcard for those who enjoy the serenity of the Ocean, the incredible beauty generated by the fireworks over the maritime landscape, or simply the sound of the waves in the vicinity. After all, is there a better soundtrack than Nature itself? What's more, if courage and adrenaline so invite, you can complete the entry into the New Year in a big way with a dip on the morning of January 1st. A tradition worthy of only the most fearless, as the water temperature will certainly not be conducive to bathing. Discover All About Portugal's choices for a memorable holiday.
It is considered by many to be one of the most romantic places in Northern Portugal. The Senhor da Pedra Chapel, located on Miramar Beach (Vila Nova de Gaia), is a favorite spot for couple photos and promises of love. A reference tourist destination, especially due to its incredible panoramic view, Miramar Beach can be the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable New Year's Eve.
Figueira da Foz
Demystify the idea that, on New Year's Eve, only Serra da Estrela is the protagonist in the Center of Portugal. Figueira da Foz is one of the destinations to consider when celebrating this occasion, so be sure to check out the opportunities in the vicinity of Figueira da Foz Beach on the last day of the year. Take the opportunity and visit Coimbra the next day.
São Martinho do Porto
One of the most inviting beaches for families with children throughout the year, as it has a very calm sea, São Martinho do Porto Beach (Alcobaça) is one of the attractions to experience New Year's Eve in Portugal. Choose a hotel or apartment next to the beach and delight in the surroundings. Toast the New Year with a landscape worthy of a painting.
Peniche deserves a visit at any time of the year, but its natural landscape takes on a special beauty when we talk about New Year's Eve. Among its main highlights is, unsurprisingly, the Berlengas Archipelago, a small archipelago northwest of Peniche and the Cabo Carvoeiro – where Berlenga Island stands out, the only one inhabited, due to its size.
Close to Lisbon, crossing the 25 de Abril Bridge, you will find the friendly village of Sesimbra, a place to visit (almost) mandatory, especially in the summer months. Challenge the usual and opt for a pleasant day or two by the beach, namely near the unavoidable beaches of Praia da California or Praia do Ouro. Be sure to combine the experience with a fish meal at the restaurants in the area.
Ideal for those who love the Alentejo, Porto Covo combines the tranquility of the village with the beauty of its beaches. Look for comfort in this beautiful location and let yourself be won over by Ilha do Pessegueiro, an inescapable attraction that even inspired musician Rui Veloso: “There was a peach tree on the island/Planted by a Vizier of Odemira/Who say that for love he killed himself again/ Here, in the place of Porto Covo”.
As it should be, the Algarve region is a reference when the conversation is New Year's Eve. Choose a hotel or apartment by the beach and let yourself be enchanted by the fireworks after 12 tolls. If you don't feel like staying at home, try to find out if there's a concert nearby. On the first day of the New Year, at least dare to step foot in the water at Praia de Alvor.
Who has never come across a beautiful photograph of Praia de Dona Ana, in Lagos? A popular destination in the summer months, it is equally attractive at the end of the year. If your choice is the Algarve, the city of Lagos can be a strong option, either for its natural landscape or for the events that are usually organized there. With family or friends, combine the trip with a traditional fish meal.
Let's go to the islands. Known worldwide for its New Year's Eve celebration, the Madeira Archipelago has a captive place in all the tops. Look for the various New Year's Eve events and choose the ideal location accordingly. Whether on Madeira Island or Porto Santo Island, you will certainly not be disappointed, after another pomp and circumstance entry into the New Year.
Ponta Delgada (Açores)
We finish our tour in Ponta Delgada, Azores. Share moments to remember later, whether in the comfort of the hotel or at an event organized in the locality or nearby. The offer is varied and eclectic. São Miguel Island is an ideal destination for a longer stay, as you can take the trip to explore the incredible natural secrets that lie hidden throughout the island.