Europe has many outstanding destinations for New Year’s festivities, with most major cities celebrating the coming of the New Year by welcoming crowds with lots of food and drinks, live entertainment in the streets, and spectacular displays of fireworks over their best-known landmarks.
New Year’s Eve comes only once a year and, while it can be difficult to choose among Europe’s countless unique getaway spots, the most popular New Year’s destinations never fail to throw a spectacular party.
Best places in Europe for New Year’s Eve
London, Paris and Berlin are always safe bets for memorable New Year’s celebrations, with stunning displays of pyrotechnics over the Thames, the Eiffel Tower and the Brandenburg Gate, and miles of stages for different shows and food and drink stands. London follows up the celebrations with the New Year’s Day Parade on January 1, welcoming thousands of performers to its streets in a marching procession.
The cities of Rome, Lisbon and Prague offer the most romantic backdrops to the festivities, while travellers looking for an extended celebration can head to Edinburgh, where Hogmanay, the city’s world-famous new year festival, presents three days of spectacular events, street parties and fireworks. To experience the countdown on Europe’s largest pedestrian area, Brussels is the place to go.
Europe’s capital transforms into a city-scale party for New Year’s Eve every year, with parties for every taste taking place within walking distance of each other. Fans of fireworks can take a trip to the Madeira Islands in Portugal, known for its spectacular light shows that earned a place in the Guinness World Records in 2006 as the world’s largest display of fireworks.
To greet 2017 with a waltz, Graben Street in Vienna is unrivalled as the world’s largest outdoor ballroom. Visitors can also follow the New Year’s Eve Trail in the city centre to enjoy various shows and programs and treat themselves to punch and culinary treats.
New Year’s Eve in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is one of the best European cities to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. Even though it is crowded, the city has a unique, almost intimate ambience that makes public celebrations taking place along Stradun feel less crammed and confining than in Croatia’s other big cities.
Those who decide to celebrate the start of the new year on the Dubrovnik Riviera can book their stay at the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel. Located in the village of Srebreno near Dubrovnik, the Sheraton is a luxury resort that offers premium accommodation, exquisite Croatian and international cuisine, and a wide range of services and facilities to ensure that guests have a comfortable and relaxing stay.
The hotel has several special New Year’s packages and offers for anyone staying for two or more nights during the special promotional period. Guests can enjoy a lavish dinner buffet or gala dinner and treat themselves to a rich breakfast buffet after sleeping in late on January 1. The hotel also offers organized transfers to the Old Town for New Year’s countdown, discounts on all spa treatments, free stay for children aged 3 or younger, and a 10% discount for a third adult.
Guests can also opt for an extravagant dinner and live entertainment at the hotel on New Year’s Eve and enjoy a big breakfast for two after the celebration. The New Year’s Eve packages can be booked for the period from December 28 to January 3.