I’m not a huge football fanatic but it’s hard not to get swept away by the passion and energy that envelops Barcelona FC. Whether you’re an avid supporter or a part-time dabbler, I highly recommend doing the Camp Nou Experience tour and museum during your stay in Barcelona.
> The Camp Nou Experience Tour & Museum is a self-guided walking tour of the iconic Camp Nou football stadium in Barcelona.
> The tour takes about 1 or 2 hours, although you could easily spend the whole day there. There’s a lot of walking involved so be sure to wear comfy shoes.
> The museum features trophy collections, historic memorabilia, and celebrates the club’s glorious road to success.
> Highlights include going into the team’s changing rooms and walking through the tunnel onto the pitch.
> It’s heaven for football fans of all ages, with plenty of facilities to make it suitable for families, couples and groups of friends.
> There’s a gargantuan merchandise store at the end of the tour, so if you’re planning to buy a Barça football shirt, this is the place.
Book your tickets now (I highly recommend spending a few extra euros on the ‘skip-the-line’ tickets) or read on to hear more about my personal experience.
My Experience at Camp Nou
Sitting on one of the benches in the changing room, walking through the tunnel onto the pitch, I imagined the roaring crowds waiting in the stadium, the nerves and anticipation that the players must feel before and after each game.
I imagined the pressure and stress of playing for such a highly regarded team. I’d crumble before even getting changed.
I was amazed by the stadium. It’s so surprisingly basic: unfinished concrete walls and narrow corridors that lead off unassuming fire-escape doors. Even the pitch looks smaller in real life.
None of it’s quite what you’d expect from one of the richest football teams on earth. Apart from the jacuzzi and massage beds I suppose.
The kids, mini Messis everywhere, were in their element. Posing on their dads’ shoulders for photos with the glistens trophies, taking selfies in the commentary booths and pointing up at the sky like their idols do.
Whether you’re a footy fan or not, I highly recommend it.
Make it Happen
Book your museum tickets here (from €28 / £ 25 / $33). If you want to watch an actual game at Camp Nou then you can also find deals and discounts on tickets and hotels at NiceBarcelona.com.
Definitely spend the extra couple of euros to skip-the-line or you could easily waste an hour getting burnt to death outside.