New Year’s eve celebrations in Spain begin with with a late festive dinner. The eating and drinking is timed to end just before midnight so that the cava can poured and then the 12 grapes (for luck) consumed to the chimes of midnight. Then the party begins.
Most bars close at seven so that the staff can attend the family dinner and reopen after midnight. We noticed that a few restaurants and hotels in the Cabo de Gata were offering a festive dinner package but these were expensive and also involved driving a fair way home in the early hours. We opted to go into Las Negras for an aperitivo and then join the festivities at the bar in Las Hortichuelas as this meant driving only a few km, and most of this is down our track.
The bar stayed open all evening as it prepared its own festive dinner for family members and were invited to join in. The photos describe a typical family “Noche Vieja”.
All ages were present. Young girls danced the sevillana while the older men clapped to the music.
We made our way home in the early hours beneath a black, Almerian night sky with a pin sharp moon and all the stars in the cosmos.