If you’re spending New Year in Fuengirola, you are probably wondering what sort of festive program can you expect and if there are any events worth visiting.
Now that the information from the town hall is finally available, I can summarize what you can expect to see in Fuengirola for the New Year!
Fuengirola New Year 2023 Program
In addition to the events hosted by the town hall, there are offers and small events around the town.
Most restaurants offer special festive meals, in the hotels you can look forward to some live music performances, and many people even head to the beach to enjoy the view of the fireworks!
Sunday, 31 December 2023
11 am – Great New Year’s Eve Party with a performance from Punto y Aparte orchestra and group Cenachero at Plaza de la Constitution. End time 2pm.
Tuesday, 2nd January
11 am – Science Camp – from 2nd to 5th January, until 2pm on each day. You need to register with citizen’s card from 11th December and aimed at young local residents. Location: Edificio Colores.
5 pm – Reception of the Royal Page Boy of the Three Wise Men – ends at 8pm, location: Plaza de la Constitution. There will be three theatrical performances by “Peladillas Producciones” at the following times: 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.
This is the official part of the program relating to the New Year.
Keep in mind that Christmas celebrations in Southern Spain are around 6th of January, with the arrival of the Three Kings and the Parade being the main event (check details on the Christmas in Fuengirola article).
New Year Traditions in Southern Spain
1. The Twelve Grapes of Luck
As the clock strikes midnight, people across Southern Spain partake in a unique and fun tradition.
They eat twelve grapes, one for each chime of the clock. This tradition, known as “Las doce uvas de la suerte,” is believed to bring good luck for each month of the coming year. It’s a delightful, albeit a bit challenging, practice to keep up with the clock!
2. Cava and Churros
After the clock has struck twelve, it’s time to toast with Cava, Spanish sparkling wine.
The celebrations often continue into the early hours of the morning, where people enjoy churros with hot chocolate, a delicious way to recharge after a night of festivities.
3. San Silvestre Races
On New Year’s Eve, many towns in Southern Spain host ‘San Silvestre’ races. Participants often dress up in fancy or humorous costumes, making it a fun event for both runners and spectators.
4. Traditional Feasts
Southern Spain is known for its culinary delights. New Year’s Eve dinners often include local delicacies, where families and friends gather to enjoy a feast that blends traditional flavors with festive cheer.
5. Street Parties and Fireworks
The streets come alive with people, music, and fireworks. Towns and cities in Southern Spain host spectacular public celebrations where the community gathers to count down to the New Year together.
Whether you plan a stroll on a beach, to find a party to attend or a romantic restaurant dinner to welcome the New Year, Fuengirola offers an option to enjoy all of these.
For more ideas on what to do and explore in Fuengirola, check out the articles suggested below.