Do you dream about New Year's Eve? But where to go on New Year's Day? Here are a few travel ideas to make your end of the year unforgettable!
Where to go on New Year's Day to spend the New Year in the sun?
Spending New Year's Eve under the coconut palms is a great way to end the year in style and get back in colour at the same time!
Rio is one of the sunny cities not to be missed on New Year's Eve. The party takes place directly on the beach in Copacabana or Ipanema. Brazilians then throw thousands of gifts into the water for the Afro-Brazilian sea goddess and light candles on the beach. An unforgettable New Year guaranteed on a samba tune!
Miami and its dream beaches is another destination that will appeal to sun and tanning enthusiasts who dream of celebrating 2020 in the warm sand. On December 31, many festivities will take place on the beachfront in South Beach, but also in the city centre. In Downtown, as every year from now on, a big show organized by the singer Pitbull will take place in Bayfront Park. Many stars will be on stage including Queen Latifah and Snoop Doggy Dog before the traditional midnight fireworks to mark the start of the New Year.
If you dream of even more distant but equally sunny destinations, Sydney is also a city of choice. This city in south-east Australia is world famous for its spectacular 31 December fireworks display which illuminates Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House to music! It is possible to attend this magic show for free, but you have to arrive early to get a good seat. In order to get a full view of the show, far from the crowd, boats moored in the Port also welcome visitors for the occasion, but it's not free...
Where to go on New Year's Eve to wake up in the mountains?
There's nothing like a session on the powder snow to get your mind back on things and recharge your batteries in the heart of winter! In France, there is no shortage of resorts, and whether in the Alps or the Pyrenees, most of them offer a magical programme for New Year's Eve. In Val Thorens, for example, the evening of the 31st will begin with a torchlight descent and end with a superb pyrotechnic show. At La Plagne, it will be a disco evening with a disco ball and a sound and light show. All in all, what a great evening to spend on December 31st, with family or friends!
If you're really thirsty for wide open spaces and want to be even more out of the ordinary on New Year's Eve, head for Lapland in Finland! During the winter, it's the Northern Lights season. Searching for them in the middle of the night, by snowmobile or on a hike, is always an exhilarating adventure! And if you're lucky enough to catch a glimpse of it, this moment will remain etched in your memory. During the day, we also recommend you to take a dog-sled ride to enjoy the magnificent snow-covered landscapes. And for families, you should not miss visiting Santa Claus in his house in Rovaniemi, because that is where he lives and receives millions of visitors every year, not far from the Arctic Circle.
For a big bowl of oxygen and as much change of scenery, the Moroccan desert is also an excellent choice. In winter, the temperatures are pleasant and it is the right time to go to a bivouac for a few days in the desert to immerse yourself in nature and live as close as possible to the Berber populations, between mint tea and camel rides. Spending New Year's Day in the desert and watching a sunrise over the dunes is both magical and incredibly peaceful
Where to go on New Year's Day to spend a festive New Year's Eve in Europe?
But if you feel like partying without going far away, some of Europe's major cities will hold out their arms to you for an unforgettable New Year's Eve.
The Dublin New Year Festival celebrates the end of the year in style! From 31 December to 1 January, the centre of the capital becomes pedestrianised with concerts, shows, street theatre... Not forgetting the lively atmosphere of the mythical Irish pubs!
Further south, Lisbon is a very pleasant destination to celebrate New Year's Eve. The weather is mild, as are the prices, and the fireworks on the banks of the Tagus, near the famous Belem Tower, are an unforgettable moment. Head over to the Praça do Comercio, one of the city's main squares, for a festive midnight walkabout!
Belgrade is one of the trendiest cities to party in Europe at the moment, without breaking the bank. But you should know that according to the orthodox calendar, New Year's Day falls on January 14th. However, you will be able to have a fiesta in Belgrade without any problems from 31 December and play extra time on 14 January for a typically Serbian festive New Year's Eve.
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