New Year's Eve in Portugal 2014/15

Funchal, Madeira by Turismo da Madeira
Start 2015 in a special way and travel to Portugal for the New Year’s break. In all large cities it is customary to mark New Year's Eve with parties in which everyone can participate. Hotels prepare for the celebrations with special packages and the airline last minute promotions should be taken advantage of.

At midnight, toast the New Year with Champaign and eat 12 raisins while making 12 wishes, one for each month of the new year. In many cities there are fireworks displays such as in Lisboa or in Porto, but the fireworks in Madeira are the most beautiful and grandest with a show of light and colour over the entire Island.

Take a look here to see what you can find across the country. Happy New Year!

Lisboa City Council promotes a big party in one of the prime locations of the city: Praça do Comércio. It is celebrated with music and a great fireworks display. If you are at a high point in the city, such as Castelo de São Jorge (São Jorge Castle), which opens its doors to midnight, in the distance you can even see the fireworks displays in places on the other bank of the River Tejo, such as in Almada or in Seixal.

But there is also other entertainment in places in the city such as Parque das Nações or in the area of Torre de Belém (Tower of Belém). At Lisboa Casino and in the various bars and clubs in town, such as in the neighbourhoods of Cais do Sodré or Bairro Alto, there will surely be a lot of partying and excitement.

For those who like to start the year by the sea, you can also celebrate on the beach in Cascais, Estoril or Oeiras. And first thing in the morning, praia de Carcavelos (Carcavelos beach) is the choice for the first dip of the year.

For New Year's Eve, the City Council of Porto promotes unique experiences and the best wine in the world, Port wine. At the Avenida dos Aliados party, two important national bands will participate, Clã and Expensive Soul and there is going to be a surprise fireworks display.

For those who prefer, they can wait for the clock to strike 12 in the area of the bars and restaurants in Ribeira or even on the River Douro on one of the cruises which have special programmes for this night. It will certainly be a unique moment.

For further information on events, offers and promotions for New Year's Eve, go to You can also participate in the competition “Porto is… New Year’s Eve” and win a trip.

NEW YEAR'S EVEN in | http://fimdoano.visitmadeira.ptThe fireworks display in Madeira is amazing and one of the Island’s most important tourist events. It has already been mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records as the "The Biggest Fireworks Display in the World".

The display lasts almost 10 minutes and is spread over many parts of the city in the amphitheatre of Funchal, on the waterfront, out at sea and there is also a firing position on the Island of Porto Santo. The best place to see it is from the sea and because of this many agencies and Cruise companies promote small trips to live a unique experience. For many cruises which pass by Madeira at this time of the year, this night is a compulsory stop.

NEW YEAR'S EVE in | Algarve is a preferred destination all year round and, even in the winter, sunny days are common and invite you for walks along the sea. Most hotels and resorts organise New Year parties and have special prices for this season. If this is your destination at the end of the year, look out for these offers.

Street entertainment is normally announced closer to the end of December, but at Praia dos Pescadores (Pescadores Beach) in Albufeira there is already a tradition to spend the New Year with a lot of joy and fireworks, a party that rivals the one in Portimão. Vila Real de Santo António, Tavira, Faro, Quarteira and Lagos have quality hotels and are good places to celebrate the New Year and take a mini holiday. As are Monte Gordo and Vilamoura, where the well-known Casinos of the Algarve are located.

NEW YEAR'S EVE in SERRA da | a country known for its sun, Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain in mainland Portugal, is a destination much enjoyed by the Portuguese people and also by those who enjoy snow sports as a New Year’s Eve getaway.

The welcoming atmosphere of a mountain chalet or one of the hotels located in Penhas da Saúde is ideal to spend the New Year with family and friends. Even on the coldest days, there is always the opportunity to have fun with outdoor activities.

Seia, Manteigas and Gouveia are other locations in the Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela (Serra da Estrela Natural Park) where you can choose one of the country homes to enjoy a mini holiday.

NEW YEAR'S EVE in ALENTEJO BEACHES and CENTRO de | | | Year is a pretext for the people of Portugal to get away from their routine and take a short break with their family and friends, not forgetting the fact that there is also a fortnight’s school holiday.

It is true that it is no longer the time to hit the beach, but the small locations on the coast and the fishing villages in Centro de Portugal and in Alentejo are popular locations with a lot of entertainment during this time of the year. Suggestions on places where you can enjoy the festivities: Aveiro, Praias de Vieira de Leiria (Vieira de Leiria Beaches), Nazaré, Peniche, Sines, Porto Covo, Vila Nova de Milfontes or Zambujeira do Mar.

If no entertainment programme has been organised, there is no need to stop the celebration... it is customary for the people to hit the streets and toast the New Year.

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