New Years Eve in Granada
Celebrating New Years Eve in Granada is typical at Plaza del Carmen. The square outside Granada´s Town Hall. In Spain it´s traditional to eat 12 grapes. Have these ready before midnight. Seedless grapes work best ; ) Then on each chime of midnight you eat one. This is said to bring good luck for the new year. Granada organises live music and fireworks in the square which begins around 11pm and last until around 2am.
There is also a huge party at Sierra Nevada ski resort. Unless you have accomodation there you will need to make arrangements to get transport back to Granada ahead of time.
Dining out on New Years Eve is generally an expensive affair. It´s typical to have elaborate dishes with fish and seafood. Restaurants don´t open only when booked ahead of time. Expect to pay around 60 euros -90 euros for a New Years Eve dinner and drinks. If you are staying in Granada over New Years plan ahead for dinner on New Years Eve so that you get something to meet your budget. Most of the locals will have dinner at home on New Years Eve. They tend to dine around 10.30pm and the meal can go on past midnight. Its typical to leave after dessert around 1am to meet friends. Most bars will not open until 1am or a little later.
New Years Day
On the 1st January shops and museums are closed. Many restaurants are closed. Some may open on the evening of the 1st January.
Dia de la Toma
On the 2nd January Granada celebrates a local festival. El Día de la Toma which means the seizing or the taking of Granada. This day marks the conquest of the kingdom of Granada by Isabel and Ferdinard the Catholic kings on this day in 1492. This celebration is controversial and some believe it is outdated to celebrate such an event. The main focus of the day is held at Granada Town Hall in Plaza del Carmen at 12 noon.
The flag is waved on the balcony of the town hall and there is a procession. The bell above the Alhambra´s watchtower Torre de la Vela is also rung as it would have been all those centuries ago. The service does not last long, its around 30 minutes to an hour)
A Spanish Christmas
Three Kings in Granada
Early on the evening of the 5th January the three Kings of orient arrive in Granada. The kings and their calvacades throw sweets as they walk through the city centre. The parade sets off from C/Rector Lopez Argueta. Then it moves along Gran Via and down into centre of town to Puerta Real. To see the exact route check local press the day before. (Ideal Granada or Ahoragranada)
• Starts: 5.30pm at Plaza Gran Capitán
• Calle San Juan de Dios
• Gran Vía de Colón then down along Calle Reyes Católicos,
• Puerta Real then to Plaza del Humilladero
• Carrera de la Virgen
• Puerta Real and to Plaza del Campillo
• Back to Calle Reyes Católicos and completes the route in Plaza del Carmen or Granada Town Hall. Estimated 10.30pm.
While watching the parade you may want to keep an eye out for umbrellas. Some people open them, turn them upside down, so they may catch more sweets. Some people take stepladders to get a good view too. There are around 20 floats and around 10,000 kgs of sweets throw by hundreds of actors in the Granada parade. This has been going more than 100 years in Granada, one of Spains oldest parades. It began in 1912. In that first edition even local Poet Frederico García Lorca took part. You will enjoy this lively street parade known as Calbagata de Reyes Magos and you may even line your pockets with some sweets.
Roscon de Reyes
January Sales in Spain
In Spain the January sales begin at 10am on Thursday 7th January 2016. Shops also open on the first Sunday of the sales from 11am to 4pm. (10th January 2016)
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