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Where to spend New Year’s Eve in the Mediterranean

The festive season is back, and with it, plans on how to bid farewell to 2019 and welcome 2020. Many would agree there is no better way to welcome a new year than in a foreign country with your nearest and dearest. While the London Fireworks and the Times Square Countdown are worldwide highlights every 1st January, Mediterranean countries are also the place to flock for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve.

In case you were still planning your festive getaway, here is how these five Mediterranean destinations ring in the new year.

Tel Aviv

 

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While not widely celebrated in Israel, New Year’s Eve in Tel Aviv has become a major night for music and events, with different venues to choose from. Tel Aviv’s New Year’s street party is the obvious choice, yet many flock to Jaffa port for an evening of live music and fireworks to close yet another chapter.

Barcelona

 

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Barcelona’s bars and restaurants will be flowing with patrons celebrating the start of a new year, yet it is the street parties in the two main squares that are most popular with visitors. The official celebration takes place in Plaça d’Espanya free of charge, with music and pyrotechnic display around the Magic Fountain. Plaça Catalunya also gets rather busy on New Year’s Eve, and is home to the strange tradition of chugging cava bottles into the centre of the square

Ibiza

 

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You cannot have a New Year’s Eve list without mentioning the Mediterranean’s party capital. Pacha, Ibiza’s most popular club, opens its doors as early as 3pm for New Year’s Eve celebrations. If parties aren’t really what you’re after, you can catch the beautiful fireworks display over Ibiza town.

Rome

 

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Restaurants all over Rome will serve the traditional cenone, the Italian New Year’s meal, yet the party starts at Circus Maximus with story-telling, music, and acrobatic acts. The Circus Maximus also hosts the famous countdown and fifteen minute fireworks display as soon as the clock strikes midnight. Take a stroll through Rome’s other piazzas if you’re opting for a less crowded spot to ring in the new year.

Istanbul

 

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Hotels and restaurants all over the Turkish city offer dinner and party packages for all ages on New Year’s Eve, yet thousands flock to the Bosphorus for the countdown. This remains a magical place which comes alive at the stroke of midnight by fireworks from nightclubs and cruise boats.