The twelve grapes is a Spanish tradition of New Year’s Eve that dates back from the end of 1800. This tradition consists in eating each of the twelve grapes for every midnight bell strike on December 31st. Some people believe that it was originated by wine producers in Alicante region with the intent to increase sales of grapes.
New Year’s Eve in Catalonia is typically celebrated with the family with the younger folks going out partying after mid-night. There is also the custom to gather around major squares in town to eat the twelve grapes at midnight.
If you are in Sitges the gathering place would be in front of San Bartolomeu and Santa Tecla church. The scenery is fantastic as the church overlooks the sea and at the bottom of its stairs the sea waves break into the pavement.
We wish you a fantastic New Year’s Eve and a splendid 2016!