La Noche Vieja, 12 Uvas y la Cava

As in other capital cities around the world, Madrid celebrates the arrival of the New Year with the main feature being the clock in Puerta del Sol, the central point for measuring distances on the Iberian peninsular.


En Noche Vieja (31st December) it is customary to have 12 grapes on hand as the clock approaches midnight, along with a glass of Cava or champagne.  As the clock begins to strike you eat one grape per strike of the clock to bring you good luck for the following year. Finishing with a toast of “Feliz Año Nuevo”.


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