Barcelona is home of one of the most important teams in the globe: FC Barcelona! And many football fans when in city don’t resist going to Camp Nou, Barça’s Stadium.
The sentence you find in the stadium’s seats says: More than a club (Més que un club) and it represents well the meaning of FC Barcelona for the city: true passion!
Of course everybody wants to watch a game, but they are not many in a year. If there are no games when you are in town, you have another super cool possibility: visiting the stadium with a Camp Nou Tour & Barça Experience.
Taking the Camp Nou Tour is amazing. You will see all the important areas of the stadium and visit where the incredible FC Barcelona players walk and play.
La Masia: where everything starts
The Camp Nou tour starts outside the stadium, at La Masia, a historical building that serves as Barça’s Youth Academy to 300 young players. Of this total, 10 live in the farmhouse, 60 stay in rooms of the adjacent stadium and the others only come to the training.
A curious fact is that in 2010, three of the finalists for the Ballon d’Or award have been trained at La Masia: Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta, and Xavi! The place is definitely a school of champions!
FC Barcelona Museum
FC Barcelona Museum is the most visited museum in Catalonia! It displays a collection of trophies, uniforms, documents and all kind of memorabilia related to FC Barcelona.
There are interactive displays and glass walls where visitants can touch the screens and navigate through information about the club, images and videos.
You can’t miss the special section dedicated to Messi, the biggest award winner player in the club history. He was awarded with six FIFA’s Ballon d’or/Worlds Best Player, and six UEFA’s, Golden Shoes, amongst others.
Camp Nou Tour: Time to enter the field
After visiting the museum you’ll go to the dressing room where the visitor’s team gets ready for the games. And you can follow their steps walking down the stairs that lead to the field. You are going to feel excited!
It’s time to enter the technical area near the field, this magical place where the players show all their abilities. You can even sit on the bench! You look up and see all those seats and can imagine the crowds cheering and singing…
After leaving the field you’ll go up to the press area where you have the best view of the stadium and can see where journalists from all around the world do their work.
We also visit the press room where the conferences take place and the interview room, with the wall full of logos to serve as background for the comments after the games.
The new Camp Nou
Before the Camp Nou tour ends, there’s a area where the project for the new Camp Nou is presented. A bigger, more comfortable, more technological space planned to be finished by 2023.
The project chosen was designed by the japanese company Nikken Sekkei, responsible for other important buildings like Saitama Super Arena, the Great Swan of Niigata and the Tokyo Dome, in partnership with Pascual and Ausió Arquitectos, a Spanish company.
The capacity will grow to 105,000 with the construction of a large upper ring with 360º views. All areas will be covered.
The FC Barcelona shop
The shop of the Camp Nou is the biggest FC Barcelona shop in the world and you can find so many articles that is going to be difficult to leave without buying something to take back home with you.
It’s the largest collection of Barça articles for men, women and children. The football fans will get crazy.
Ending the Camp Nou Tour like a star
Why not finish the Camp Nou tour in great style? After learning so much and visiting all those places we are hungry! So we head to a bar where Messi used to eat when he was an intern at La Masia to get a drink and eat some tapas.
The owner of the bar has many interesting stories to tell, and if you are lucky he will show you some autographed shirts, including one of Iniesta.
Of course, we ordered the same Messi used to order: traditional batatas Bravas – fried potatoes with a slightly spicy sauce. If you do not have any idea of what to eat in Spain, you can check this Spanish/Calatan typical tapas tour.
Did you get excited to visit Camp Nou and feel their passion? You can check the dates for the games in Camp Nou here.
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