See in 2012 in style in Valencia
The longest night of the year is the night of 31 December. On this day, the shops shut at 8 pm so that everyone can go home to prepare their New Year’s Eve dinner, complete with polvorones (a type of Spanish shortbread), turrones (nougat) and mazapanes (marzipan sweets). The dinner, washed down with Valencian wine and cava, has to start early in order to welcome in the New Year with the traditional ritual. Some in front of the TV and others in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the whole of Valencia will come together to begin 2012 full of excitement, hope and joy.
At five minutes to twelve people count out their grapes — 12 in total. Then everything goes silent. It’s 12 seconds to midnight when the first bell rings — dong. The first grape is eaten, dong, then the second… and so on until the twelfth. Happy New Year! People start to celebrate, wishing each other the best for the year to come.
The party goes on until the early hours of the morning with cotillóns, celebrations with dancing that are held in all of the city’s nightclubs and late-night bars.
If you’ve never seen in the New Year to the sound of the 12 chimes and the sweet taste of grapes, come to Valencia to enjoy the last night of the year. Go to www.turisvalencia.es/ofertas, where you can find accommodation from just €26 and take a trip into the heart of Africa at Bioparc Valencia, visit the fascinating City of Arts and Sciences, learn about wine-making at the Hoya de Cadenas Winery or experience the excitement of the beautiful game at the Valencia CF stadium. Discover the city on foot, by bike, segway, or Motocalesa. Be sure to take a boat trip on the Albufera lake and a tour of the city on the Bus Turistic. You can enjoy all this and much more with a 30% discount. What’s more, on this website you can purchase your Valencia Tourist Card, a card that gives you unlimited journeys on public transport and discounts in shops, restaurants, museums and tourist services, with a 10% discount on the normal price.
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