14 destinations to spend New Year's Eve 2018
Want to escape to celebrate 2019? Get in your car, jump on a plane ... Destination: the world! Here are 14 cities to go to celebrate the New Year.
Already popular with tourists throughout the year, the capital is literally invaded for Christmas Eve! As a couple, with family or friends, the city will suit all programs and all desires. And, tradition requires, do not miss the fireworks along the Thames and the parade of the 1st of the year.
Classic but timeless, the City of Light never bears its name as well as New Year's Eve. For its Christmas markets, the atmosphere in its restaurants, its flyboats which is adorned with light garlands, it is worth the detour. And the Champs-Élysées will not fail to impress you!
More multicultural and crazy, the capital of the Netherlands is not likely to leave you unmoved. Head to Oosterdok to start the festivities before the famous midnight fireworks, fired from Magere Brug. And until the early morning, to you the nightclubs ...
Question festive evenings, the German capital is not left out! Mecca of punk and electro music, paradise of the fate, Berlin is undoubtedly "the place to be" at the New Year. The rule is clear: you never know when or where your party will end! Just before the twelve strokes of midnight, go out to observe the Berlin parade armed with firecrackers and fireworks. A unique show of its kind!
Want some sun? Fly to the capital of Catalonia. The Spanish nochevieja is spread over three days, and you will have to get used to the rhythm of the locals because Barcelona never sleeps (let alone at Christmas Eve)! The Montjuïc fountain dresses with light and comes alive, party-goers look around the cafes, and you will not be able to spend the holidays without making some colorful friends!
You are rather raclettes and fireside? Think about this ski resort located in Savoie. Very popular, it offers open air dance evenings. Leave in the closet your best outfits, opt for a warm ski jacket, and let yourself be guided by the fresh air of the mountain and the festive atmosphere at the foot of the slopes.
If your budget is rather tight at the end of the year, this is the destination to focus on. Well known for party animals because it is full of places to go, it is generally less famous for lovers who would like to spend a weekend in peace. However, at the time of the holidays, the Hungarian barges become the ideal romantic place to admire the fireworks and enjoy a gourmet meal. Its famous thermal springs also make Budapest the city of relaxation par excellence.
For a more unusual Christmas, choose this Portuguese island. The Atlantic Ocean, temperatures around 25 degrees, tropical and volcanic landscapes, a monumental fireworks shot from the beach, in short, the ideal context for those who just ask to be out of the ordinary.
In Scotland, the New Year is called Hogmanay and is organized as a 3 day festival. Originally created by the Vikings to celebrate the winter solstice, the Scottish New Year is one of the most exciting: torchlight procession, concerts in the streets, swimming at sea, in short, certainly a year-end by like the others!
Experience a most authentic New Year's Eve in Iceland! There, no organized party, it is the people who take care of everything. From 17h, the city goes out little by little to be totally immersed in the darkness. And shortly before midnight, the locals release their fireworks so that Reykjavik shines again.
For a more distant and more original destination, choose this city of Chile, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It will enchant you with its pyrotechnic show considered as the most beautiful in the world.
On the Asian continent, it's the place to be to celebrate New Year's Eve! At the twelve strokes of midnight, his bay literally ignites dramatically!
Typical beauty requires, think of the Austrian capital and its famous concerts , a must for music lovers!
If you feel like plunging into a fairy tale, go for the Pearl of the Baltic. Its palaces and churches, adorned with light for the holidays, make the city sumptuous.