This is the time of year full of celebrations, gifts and excitement. If you decide to spend Christmas in Spain you will find a transformed country, since this season fills the streets and shops with lights and decorations to create a special atmosphere. Experience it with Boutique Hotels and make the most of the holidays.
It all begins on December 22, with the Christmas Lottery draw. Most Spaniards participate and excitedly hope that theirs will be the lucky number. The place that wins the main prize soon fills with partying, champagne and celebrations. Since we have hotels distributed all over Spain, some of you will be able to experience this euphoric atmosphere first hand.
A few days later brings us to Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. In our hotels you will find succulent menus and the best way of enjoying the country’s gastronomy. These festivities also feature a gastronomic banquet; there are special lunch and dinner menus for the occasion, with seafood being the main ingredient. Due to its variety and, above all, its quality, Galicia is the paradise of sea produce. Visit it and enjoy its sea delicacies.
If you are in Andalusia on Christmas Eve, you will see boys and girls accompanied by traditional instruments such as tambourines, drums… going around the cities singing Christmas carols for some Christmas money.
At the same time, an ancient tradition takes place in Catalonia called the “cagatío.” It is a wooden log that is adorned with two front legs, a smiling face, a “barretina” (traditional Catalan cap) and a cloak. The “Tió” is placed in Catalan living rooms about two weeks before Christmas and the children have to “feed him.” Moments before Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day, depending on the family tradition, the children approach the “cagatió” and hit him with a stick while singing a catchy traditional song in Catalan: “Caga tió cagá torró, i si no cagues, et donaré un cop de bastó.” From underneath his cloak, the “Tió” drops small gifts (normally sweets, wafers, nougat, etc.) for the young ones in the house.
A few days later, a classic event is held in Valencia: the San Silvestre Race. An entertaining sports event in which families and friends run while wearing fancy dress. The race will take place on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, and marks the end of the city’s traditional races.
On December 31, we bid the year farewell by celebrating New Year’s Eve. According to Spanish tradition, you have to eat 12 grapes, one for each stroke of the clock at midnight. Eating the 12 grapes in time will bring you good luck. All over Spain people watch the “Campanadas” (midnight strokes) on television. However, if you are in Madrid, we recommend visiting the clock in Puerta del Sol to enjoy this experience first hand. After eating the 12 grapes, join the parties that will be organised in our hotels to round off the perfect evening.
If you are travelling with children, then the most special day is undoubtedly January 5. In all of Spain’s towns and villages, there is a Parade featuring the Three Wise Men, because Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar are the ones that bring Spanish children their presents, bringing a big smile to their faces.
Boutique Hotels Spain would like to wish you a merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.