Led by coach Pep Guardiola and consisting of numerous superstars including Argentine striker, Lionel Messi, as well as the majority of the current World Cup Champion squad: David Villa, Victor Valdes, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, FC Barcelona is certainly one of the most famous clubs in Europe. This means a trip to the historic Camp Nou should definitely be on your list of places to visit while in Barcelona.
Camp Nou, home to the champions of La Liga, has been a landmark in Barcelona since its establishment in September 1957. It was designed by Francesc Miró-Sans, and has only grown with importance since its construction, as the success of the team seems to be an unstoppable force.
The Camp Nou Museum houses a glass case with all of the team’s trophies on display, as well as a giant interactive touch screen which allows you access to the squad’s details since it was founded by Joan Gamper in 1899. A special section dedicated to the values of FC Barcelona is also on display. “Mes Que Un Club”, the team’s motto which means “more than a club,” is defined by four ideals; Catalan identity, universality, social commitment and democratic commitment.
Camp Nou: Touring the Stadium
A tour of Camp Nou offers visitors a glimpse behind the scenes of FC Barcelona, where so many legends have walked, and grants fans an even greater understanding of the driving force behind the team. The tour, aptly named “The Camp Nou Experience”, begins in the opposing squad locker room, leads visitors through the players’ tunnel, and onto the pitch. From here, the famous line “Més Que Un Club” is visible all over the stadium, giving you a taste of true Barça passion!
Visitors will be able to experience walking on the pitch, and even taking a seat on the famed team bench, while marveling at the sheer size of the monumental Camp Nou. Other elements on the tour include a visit to the Chapel, the TV room, the press box, the Fundació Zone and the presidential box. The final stop on the Camp Nou Experience is a chance to lift the European Champions’ Cup in your own hands, and feel the indescribable sensation of being a football star, even if only for a minute!
Camp Nou: Accessibility
- The Camp Nou Museum is open from Monday to Saturday (April 2nd - October 7th 2012) from 10am – 8pm.
- Throughout the rest of the year, the hours of operation are 10am – 6:30pm.
- Tours are available until one hour prior to the museum closing.
- On Sundays and public holidays, the operating hours are from 10am – 2.30pm.
- On League and Champions League match days, no tours are available and the museum will only be open from 10am – 3pm.
Tickets for the Camp Nou Experience can be purchased on the FC Barcelona website or at the stadium itself. The adult price is 22€ and kids up to age 13 can get in for 16,50€. The stadium is easily accessible from the Green Metro Line 3 (Les Corts) or the Blue Metro Line 5 (Collblanc) from where the fútbol cathedral is merely a five minute walk.
If you find yourself in Barcelona and you are lucky enough to experience attending a match at the Camp Nou, it will surely be a night to remember. Tickets for the matches can be bought at the FC Barcelona website.
So, whether you consider yourself the biggest Barça fan or merely wish to marvel at a landmark many people consider to be a football Mecca, a trip to Camp Nou is of utmost importance in a city where football is almost a religion. Why don’t you gather up your friends, rent an apartment in Barcelona and make a night of reveling at the agility and skill of some of the best players in the world? An experience you will be sure to cherish for the rest of your life!