New Year's Eve is approaching, a night that for so many means a new beginning, an opportunity to start from scratch. This symbolism, which is of great significance, makes New Year's Eve a unique and special event, which always requires special plans. To help plan New Year's Eve, All About Portugal suggests seven options. From lively nights with groups of friends, to a dinner with live music or in a rural accommodation with complete privacy, to more economical plans, such as spending New Year's Eve on the beach or at one of the many street parties from north to south of Portugal, or even a more romantic and calm New Year's Eve for two, in a luxury hotel with a SPA. We couldn't help but mention a New Year's Eve classic, the much-needed New Year's Eve in the snow. Make your choice, don't forget the blue underwear for good luck and start the New Year on the right foot!
Spending midnight on the beach
Spending New Year's Eve by the beach is, for many, a tradition, perhaps because of the mystique that the Ocean brings. Furthermore, on a night when restaurant and hotel prices are high, it is a great option for those looking for a cheap program. You can choose, for example, Praia da Nazaré, Praia da Figueira da Foz or Praia dos Pescadores (Albufeira), where there is a lot of musical entertainment on the beach (or very close by).
Dinner in a restaurant with live music
Gathering a group of friends in a lively restaurant, with live music or a DJ is the simplest way to ensure a lively night, saving yourself from work. There are a lot of spaces with this type of offer, more or less exuberant, more economical or luxurious, there is something for all tastes (and wallets). Leave apathy aside and start planning the longest night of the year now!
Book a hotel with fun
If a night of fun with your friends isn't enough, why not book a few days with friends in a lively hotel for New Year's Eve? If you want a more family-friendly program, there are also hotels with calmer, more family-friendly programs, more suitable for families with children. The important thing is to mark this special night, setting the tone for an invigorating New Year.
Gather a group of friends in rural accommodation
Spending the longest night of the year with a group of friends sounds good, but you don't like the chaos you feel that night in restaurants and hotels? So the solution is to rent a rural accommodation house exclusively for your group. From north to south of the country, there are a lot of accommodation of this type for all tastes, but one of the most popular places is Gerês, so if this is your option, book in advance.
Romantic New Year's Eve for two in a luxury hotel
A romantic New Year's Eve is a great option to enter the New Year as a couple, with renewed energy and a revitalized body and soul. There are many hotels with special romantic packages for this evening, including VIP treatment, massages and/or SPA with programs for the couple, romantic dinner with calm music (or a livelier dinner if you feel like dancing), and all the amenities for a luxurious and unforgettable New Year's Eve.
New Year's Eve in the snow
We couldn't help but mention one of the most iconic places for New Year's Eve in Portugal: Serra da Estrela. Very popular at this time of year, especially for those who love snow sports, New Year's Eve under the magical white blanket is a unique experience. Here, you can choose elegant hotels, with more luxurious programs, or rent a chalet and have a relaxed night, in front of the fireplace, whether as a couple or with friends.
Ring in the New Year on the street
We end with another economical suggestion, but one that can be very lively: spend New Year's Eve outside, at one of the many parties taking place that night, from north to south of the country. In Porto, concerts normally take place on Avenida dos Aliados, in Braga on Avenida Central, in Lisbon on Terreiro do Paço, in Beja on Praça da República, among many other places spread across the country. Don't forget the raisins and champagne and start New Year on the right foot!