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New Year at Madrid: 12 chimes and grapes at midnight in PUERTA DEL SOL

Madrid is a great location to spend New Year’s Eve. Different events take place all around the city at streets, restaurants, bars and clubs. Booking an apartment with Rent4days is a great way of beginning your holidays at the Spanish capital.

Madrid New Year’s party is one of the more important events of the year. At Puerta Del Sol, the clock installed in the roof of the offices of the City Hall, mark the end of the old and the beginning of the New Year. It is broadcast across the country and whiles each of the twelve chime rings out, a whole grape should be eaten before the next chime peals.

This tradition is followed at every home in Spain. In Madrid people get togheter at Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcala, Cibeles, Plaza Colon, in restaurants and bar. Grapes can be purchased at supermarkets, but be careful because the prices can increase! However, if you’re planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve at a restaurant or bar, they will provide you with free grapes.

During the next days you can visit some of the traditional places of the Spanish capital, like the magnificent Gran Vía, Plaza España and the splendid Palacio Real with its Sabatini’s Gardens.

You can also visit the Golden Triangle Art Museum, which includes The Prado Museum, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum, along the Prado Boulevard.

A holiday break at Madrid is an excellent way to finish 2010. In our apartments you can feel at home. So don’t forget to check out our great and comfortable apartments at www.rent4days.com and book them online.