I’m not big on football. The only time I really like to watch it is during the World Cup, when country teams are competing against each other. Boyfriend, on the contrary, has become a fan of the sport over the years. So when we were planning our trip to Barcelona, Spain it was evident that we would visit Camp Nou, the stadium of Barcelona’s famous football club.
The Camp Nou Experience
To visit Camp Nou you have to do the Camp Nou Experience. This consists of a tour backstage, a chance to get on (the side of) the field and a visit to the FC Barcelona Museum.
The tour takes you through different ‘backstage’ areas of Camp Nou. You’ll get to see the press room and even the visitors dressing rooms. The dressing room of the Barça players cannot be visited.
After that the Camp Nou Experience leads you through the player’s tunnel while the sound of an excited crowd, waiting for the game to begin, comes through the speakers. You feel what must only be a fraction of the thrill the players feel when they’re about to step on to the field.
And then the time has come. Up the steps, out in the sunlight, onto the playing field. You imagine the crowds going wild, the stadium packed. It’s incredible. You look around you, trying to grasp how many seats there are, and what a vibe it must create when they’re all filled.
After a while you realize you won’t be able to grab this feeling with a camera, but it comforts you to know that those photos will take you back to this moment, to this place where you can just feel how mighty those players must feel when everyone’s cheering for them.
You walk up the steps, in between the chairs and sit down. You stare at the empty field, again imagining a game being played. It’s fascinating and frightening at the same time. Would you feel at ease between more than 99,000 hyped up supporters?
You walk even further up to the commentary boxes. From here you have the best view over the field.
You still feel butterflies in your stomach when you descend again to the FC Barcelona Museum.
FC Barcelona Museum
The museum is really modern-looking, with a 35 meter wide screen that replays FC Barcelona’s highlights and touch screens that let you choose between old game footage – lots of it. You learn about the history of the club, compare old with new football equipment and gaze at all the trophies Barça has won. The Museum also showcases the other FC Barcelona sports teams: the handball team, the basketball team and the roller hockey team.
And then there’s Messi’s space, where you can see his four Ballons d’Or and three Golden Boots.
We spent about two hours on the Camp Nou Experience and I didn’t feel bored once. If you’re a football fan, this is a must-visit. If you’re not a football fan, do the Camp Nou Experience anyway. The feeling you get on that playing field and on the tribunes is just amazing.
Where to stay in Barcelona?
If you’re looking for an apartment rather than a hotel, I would recommend checking airbnb. Sign up through my link and get a discount on your first stay!
How to get to Barcelona
We flew from Brussels directly to Barcelona. If you’re traveling within Europe and are nearby, you can also consider taking the train.
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We received two complimentary entrance tickets to the Camp Nou Experience from Turisme de Barcelona. That doesn’t change the fact that I came back out almost a football fan. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. If you book a stay through them, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for supporting the site!