Ah, New Year’s Eve. After the initial, painstaking decision of where to go has been made, you plan for weeks, spend a fortune on outfits, taxis and babysitters, then stand, freezing, in the queue for an overpriced club selling overpriced drinks. Or you’re brave enough to throw your own party and spend New Year’s Day nursing a hangover while you clear up empty bottles from your sticky kitchen floor. Either way, New Year’s Eve is invariably a let down, and each year you tell yourself, “I’m staying in next year.”
Don’t stay in. Book a few days in Albufeira and see in the New Year on a beach. Albufeira is the place to celebrate New Year’s Eve, thanks to the shows on Fishermen’s Beach and the sight of some of the best fireworks you will ever see illuminating the night’s sky over the sea. Expect live music, DJs, street artists, time travel (!) and plenty more entertainment to transform the resort into one giant party. Previous acts include UB40, Nelly Furtado, and David Guetta! Imagine how much you’d have to fork out to see anything on this scale in the UK… well, in Albufeira, it’s free. Yep – free.
Save your taxi, outfit, club entry and booze money, and spent it on return flights and fantastic accommodation in Albufeira. Raise your glass with up to 40,000 party-goers! You might even be part of another Guinness World Record attempt (in 2009, a new record was set at 26,564 wine glasses raised in a single toast).
Prospero Ano Novo indeed!
Some tips: The best place to watch the fireworks is from the road at the top of the cliff, which is above the concert stage. This does get very, very busy from about 11pm, so if you really want a good view, get there early. It’s not the best place to watch the concert as the stage faces away from the cliff along the main part of the beach.
The beach and Largo (Square) de 25 Abril is a must – last year the crowds were estimated at over 80,000. Make sure you arrange a place to meet in case you get separated!
On New Year’s Eve, every bar in the Old Town will be open and there’ll be beer stands around the concert stage. And don’t wear anything you don’t mind getting a bit wet! Not because it’s likely to rain, but because at midnight every member of the crowd shakes a bottle of fizz and sprays it anywhere and everywhere. It’s like having a shower in fizzy wine – brilliant!