The best ways to celebrate the New Year in the Canary Islands

Press release date: 20th November 2019

The Canary Islands are the perfect destination for those who want to combine winter sun with an unforgettable party this New Year!

From dancing the night away to taking a traditional new year’s dip – here are the best ways to celebrate the New Year in the Canary Islands.

Las Canteras Beach, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

As one of the most popular urban beaches in Europe, Las Canteras Beach is perfect for a relaxing stroll or exciting water sports.

Las Canteras also offers a variety of restaurants, trendy bars and terraces with stunning views – perfect for overlooking the sunset during a New Year’s dinner.

The beach is also home to Europe’s biggest sand nativity scene as well as theatre performances and fireworks to reel in the New Year. And, per tradition, to end the evening, people opt for a New Year’s dive into the sea – pure bliss!

Playa de Inglés, Gran Canaria

Located in the south of Gran Canaria, Playa de Inglés is one of the most popular beaches on the island. In addition to the golden sand and immaculate swimming conditions, the area is home to plenty of activity – from volleyball to beach soccer fields.

Paseo Costa Canaria, the popular shopping avenue, is especially beloved among visitors – the bars and restaurants that populate the area create a colourful and electrifying atmosphere after sunset.

Many hotels in this area are known to offer some of the best Spanish style New Year’s Eve parties around! The parties usually include New Year’s Eve dinner followed by different shows, as well as a bag with all the accessories required to party like a local.

Playa de las Américas, Tenerife

As one of the most popular places in Tenerife, Playa de las Américas is a lively retreat where it’s nearly impossible to get bored.

Head to one of the small local restaurants to experience a typical Canarian New Year’s Eve dinner consisting of muscles, papas al mojo, baked lamb or fish, followed by turrón and truchas for desert.

The Hard Rock Cafe overlooking the Avenida Las Americas is one of the most popular spots to party on the 31st – its large outdoor terraces allow a splendid view that reaches as far out as Mount Teide and it usually features concerts by Spanish and international artists and even an exclusive party.

Puerto Naos, La Palma

Famous for its volcanic sand and the greenish hues, Puerto Naos is home to the island’s largest beach located south of La Palma.

The area displays an array of shops and quaint restaurants – perfect for celebrating the New Year.

Less hectic than other locations of the archipelago, Puerto Naos is the ideal place for those looking for a less frantic and more romantic New Year.

El Reducto, Lanzarote

Considered one of the liveliest beaches in Lanzarote, Playa El Reducto in Arrecife is decorated by coconut palm trees and runs alongside numerous shops and cafes.

Arrecife houses the San José Castle, in Arrecife is known to be one of the best restaurants in town and also happens to enjoy spectacular coastal views – the perfect place for those who want to start the New Year on a high note.

Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

Ideal retreat for hikers and sports enthusiasts, Puerto del Carmen offers various leisure activities. In the evening, the local cuisine offered by the many restaurants in Puerto del Carmen allows to recover from the day’s activities.

For New Year’s Eve, the town organises different open-air shows like live music and fireworks at the beach. At the stroke of midnight, the twelve grapes are eaten with every bell strike signalling the last twelve seconds of the year.

Caleta del Sebo, La Graciosa

La Graciosa, the eight Canary island north of Lanzarote, is an exclusive destination to spend the last day of the year. In fact, during the day, visitors have the privilege of choosing between venturing along the paths that lead into the island or enjoying the sun by the sea.

In the evening, the restaurants of La Graciosa offer a traditional New Year’s Eve menu based on fish, papas arrugadas and mojo picón. After dinner the party moves to Caleta de Sebo where celebrations culminate with twelve grapes and fireworks and music until dawn.

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For more information on the Canary Islands, please email

Niamh Waters
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Michael Collins
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