New Year’s Eve and the New Year in Portugal is coming and with it a lot of fun, entertainment and conviviality. Millions of people plan their Christmas and New Year’s holidays around the world and, of course, Portugal is without a doubt one of the best destinations!
In this article you will have the opportunity to discover the best tourist destinations for New Year’s Eve in Portugal. From North to South of Portugal and islands, a lot of excitement awaits the Portuguese and tourists from other countries in the highly anticipated New Year’s Eve.
Réveillon in Porto
The first destination that we will talk about in this article will be the magnificent city of Porto. This city, with centuries of existence and a unique charm, offers tourists various reasons to visit it, and New Year’s holidays are no exception!
One of the most crowded places this time of the year is, without doubt, the Avenida dos Aliados. Here, thousands of people gather to say goodbye to the year that is coming to an end and welcome the New Year.
After dining at one of several restaurants in town, the portuenses and tourists gather in Avenida dos Aliados to watch to live concerts and the long-awaited moment when the clock strikes midnight. At this point, everyone is dazzled by one of the best fireworks in the region and in the country.
For several minutes the skies of the city and, in particular, of the historic centre, are illuminated with different colours in a unique and wonderful show that will amaze everyone there.
After this wonderful moment, there are several places where people can go to enjoy what’s left of a long night. Many are those who go to the riverbank, to the Ribeira of Porto or Gaia and spend joyful moments there in the company of family or friends.
But other places also stand out such as Galerias Paris or nightclubs at various points in the city, taking advantage of the fact that the subway will be working all night.
We also have talk about the river Douro cruises that are offered by some companies of this sector. By this time, companies like Douro Azul offer package tours of two or three days where people can discover this amazing river and part of the Douro Wine Region and at the same time they are presented with live shows, tasting of chocolates and Port wine. However, this is a package tour that is not affordable for many, costing at least 560€ per person.
New Year’s Eve in Lisbon
Of course we can’t leave out the New Year holidays in the Portuguese capital. Lisbon offers many and varied reasons for it to be elected as one of the preferred destinations for the Portuguese and foreign tourists.
This is a very special occasion and tourists, in addition to the long-awaited New Year’s Eve and before they welcome the New Year in Portugal, they can spend their holidays visiting the historic quarters that, by now, are all decorated with Christmas motifs. In quarters such as Alfama, Graça, S. Vicente you’ll feel the warmth of the people living in this cosmopolitan city.
Other points of interest exist throughout the city as the Christmas Village in Parque Eduardo VII which is on display every year and is one of the places of choice for everyone and, in particular, for kids of all ages.
The long-awaited and last moments of the year are lived in several places in the city but the one that stands out is the Praça do Comércio also known as Terreiro do Paço. In this wonderful square, flanked by the Tagus River, we have live concerts and also the thing that can’t miss at this point, spectacular fireworks that will make the delights of thousands of visitors who descended to the Baixa Pombalina.
But not only outdoor activities mark the these final hours of the year in the Portuguese capital. For those of you who want to and can, there are several places that also offer unique experiences. Look at the examples of several hotels as the recent Pestana CR7, very close to the aforementioned Terreiro do Paço.
If you want to spend a different night, you can enjoy one of the packages offered by both Casino Estoril and Casino Lisboa. Here you can enjoy a fantastic dinner and watch one of the shows scheduled for this time – one special night in family!
Happiness and Fun in Algarve
One of the destinations of choice on holidays for the Portuguese is undoubtedly the Algarve. It’s not just in the Easter and summer holidays that this happens, but also on New Year’s Eve.
By this time, the hotels offer a variety of packages for the New Year – for all tastes and wallets. The most requested areas are Albufeira, Faro, Lagos, Vila Real de Santo António, Tavira and Quarteira. In these Algarve cities people can enjoy an excellent dinner with family or friends in one of the numerous hotels located here.
After dinner the people gather in beaches such as Praia dos Pescadores in Albufeira, which is one of the most popular. There, everyone is preparing for the light and sound shows – live concerts and, of course, the fireworks at midnight.
But it is not only in hotels that tourists can enjoy New Year’s Eve. Also the casinos of Vilamoura, Monte Gordo and Hotel Algarve Casino offer many reasons to enjoy the last night of the year. From 130€ per person and up to 180€ (depending on the casino), visitors can enjoy a welcome drink, appetizers, soup, fish and meat dishes, dessert, after-dinner drinks, coffee, supper and breakfast.
Over dinner and throughout the night there are plenty of live shows with bands like the Replika Band, Full House Band and Night Joker Band.
For more information about the program of these casinos and on how to welcome the New Year in Portugal, you can check Solverde Casino & Hotels webpage at http://www.solverde.en/ and look for one of the Algarve casinos.
Amazing Cruises in Madeira
Finally, one of the Portuguese destinations that has been in greater evidence over the years is the island of Madeira.
Before the long-awaited New Year, Portuguese and foreign tourists should take the opportunity to visit the most beautiful places the island has to offer.
If you’re visiting the “Pearl of the Atlantic” you should enjoy and visit places like Pico Ruivo, Pico do Arieiro, the village of Câmara de Lobos and why not going for a stroll in one of several existing walking trails on the island.
In addition to these beautiful places, you can’t forget to visit the capital of the island – Funchal. Here there are several interesting sites, the fabulous Monte Palace Tropical Garden, the CR7 Museum and the beautiful historic centre.
The long-awaited night arrives, and as previously mentioned in other places, people take the opportunity to have a family dinner in one of several hotels on the island.
Near midnight, everyone wants to be outdoors to watch one of the biggest and most impressive fireworks show in the world. In fact, the fireworks in Madeira were recognized by Guinness World Records as the biggest fireworks show in the world.
The reason why this happens is because the fireworks are launched from more than 50 different places throughout the island. It’s no wonder why there are several cruises that head every year towards Madeira island and, in particular, the Bay of Funchal to present guests with a unique and unforgettable show. Without a doubt a moment not to be missed!
Other Places that Welcome the New Year in Portugal
But welcoming the New Year in Portugal doesn’t come down only to destinations such as Porto, Lisbon, Algarve and Madeira.
There are also other great destinations such as Aveiro (the Portuguese Venice), Coimbra, Braga, Évora and the archipelago of the Azores.
In these areas, not so popular, New Year’s Eve can also be done in hotels with special end of the year packages – of course the recommended is to spend the night in one of these hotels and then enjoy all the monuments that these cities have to offer, some considered by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage of Mankind.
We can’t forget to talk about the only Portuguese destination where you can practice winter sports – the Serra da Estrela. Many Portuguese who choose to spend their New Year in Portugal, choose this destination to have a different New Year’s Eve with their families – with a lot of snow, loved by all and in particular by children of all ages.
But it is not only the snow that makes tourism in this region – people can also enjoy a great Queijo da Serra, visit the Museum of Bread in Seia or, if the weather allows it, go for a stroll in one of the existing walking routes and admire nature in all its splendour.
In short, we can say that there are several reasons to visit one of the destinations suggested by us and enjoy all the good things that Portugal has to offer. Be it a New Year’s Eve with family or friends just take the opportunity to live unique and special moments.
Take a cruise on the Douro river, breathe the atmosphere of the typical quarters in Lisbon, go to a casino in the Algarve, see the fireworks in Madeira or ski in Serra da Estrela – just don’t forget, have a Happy New Year in Portugal!
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