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Camp Nou: the jewel in the crown of Barcelona

Getting away from it all and relaxing in the sunshine is what this little corner of the world is all about, but there’s also a whole host of sights and scenes to take in too. Top of the list for anyone who wants to really get a sense of what makes the locals tick is the Camp Nou – home to the legendary FCB football team who are loved and admired the world over. To give you a taste of what you can expect when you add a trip to the Nou Camp to your itinerary, we’re going to cover all the bases so you don’t miss a thing. Enjoy! 

 

The Camp Nou capacity

On game day you can expect to see as many as 99,354 fans in attendance. Add in the security, catering, broadcast and ground staff, and not to mention the players, and there’s well over 100,000 people in attendance. Just imagine the noise and view you’ll get when you go up top and you’ll instantly see why games are sold out months in advance. Add in the sheer euphoria of a last-minute winner, or some individual brilliance, and you’ll leave wanting more before you’ve even arrived back home! 

There’s a reason Messi made the Nou Camp his own for all those years, and there’s also many reasons he shed more than a few tears when his move to PSG was announced. He felt a connection with every single of the 99,354 fans who would watch him light up the pitch every other week, and they felt exactly the same about him. But even though Messi may be plying his trade elsewhere these days, there’s no reason to think you won’t see some breathtaking brilliance on the pitch. Aubameyang is scoring for fun, Alba still dominates the left hand side and the next generation of Fati, Gavi and Pedri are a joy to behold. If you want to join the masses and take in a style of play that’s adored around the world, now is as good a time as any! 

 

Camp Nou tours and how they work

Nothing compares to the atmosphere and electricity of game day, but a tour of this famous stadium certainly comes close. If you want to be one of the lucky few who can say they’ve sat in the same locker room as Busquets and Pique, a stadium tour is the thing you need to do. A local guide will talk you through what lies beneath the surface of the Camp Nou, what brings the stadium to life and how all the behind the scenes activity make it a jewel in crown for world football, not just for the city. 

You’ll get to walk pitch side, take in the legendary seat plan mural that tells you the philosophy of the club, and explore the trophy cabinet. Put this all together with a chance to leave with some souvenirs from the club’s official store and you really are left with an experience never to be forgotten. Ideal when you want to celebrate your time away from getting an up close and personal look at what makes one of the world’s great club sides tick. 

 

Camp Nou tickets price

If you’re travelling from the UK then you’ll be expecting to pay a king’s ransom for Camp Nou tickets based on the huge spike in prices the Premier League has experienced. While prices will vary depending on where you sit and the nature of the game, you can expect to pay less than half of what you would for a trip to the Emirates or Tottenham. When you factor in the financial trouble the team are currently in, and the impact this is having on their ability to offer large fees in the transfer market, you start to see just how important their links to the local community and the fans are to them. It’s also great for tourists because it means you can enjoy a game without having to budget half of your holiday for 90 minutes of action. 

 

Camp Nou events 2022 you need to know about

The new season will kick off at home to Rayo Vallecano on August 14th, making this the first time you’ll be able to see them in action at the Camp Nou in the 22/23 season. While there are always the odd musical event scheduled in the stadium, as well as a growing number of women’s matches, the mainstay of the stadium is still FC Barca. 

A quick look at the fixture list will tell you everything you need to know if you want to try and schedule your holiday around El Classico or a Champions League game. Just make sure you put your application for tickets in early for these big games to avoid disappointment. 

 

Camp Nou history you can’t afford to miss

If you want to really get to know about how the city fits into the wider community, a tour definitely needs to be right at the top of your list, but it doesn’t stop there. Go armed with a few facts and a little extra understanding and you’ll find you get so much more out of your trip than you expected. Got no idea where to start? We’ve made a start for you…

The Camp Nou translates to “the new pitch” and came into being when it opened in 1957. While some may have seen this as a difficult time for the club because of the great rival Real Madrid’s domination of the European Cup, as it was then known, the size of the stadium was a statement of their intent. Since then it has been home to some of the best footballers not just of the generation, but of all time: Messi, Suarez, Neymar, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Pique, Maradona, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Romario and Rivaldo have all called the Camp Nou home at one point or another. And that’s before you ever get to the one man who is very much the heart of the club. 

Cruyff was not just the finest of his generation, he took the Dutch idea of total football and transplanted it into the Spanish game. The result was a brilliant early 90s side he managed, followed by superstar managers epitomised by the inimitable Guardiola who took Cruyff’s philosophy to a whole new level. That’s just a taster of the history for you; to learn more, you’ll have to visit the stadium in person on your next vacation. 

 

Final Thoughts

Now we’ve told you everything you need to know about this modern day marvel, you need to make sure you find time to pay it a visit. Whether it’s to see a live game, the unveiling of a new signing, or a Camp Nou tour outside of game days, the choice is yours. If you’re really lucky you might be able to fit in more than one! Enjoy your trip, take plenty of photos and take in the atmosphere of an arena where the finest players in the world become legends who will be remembered forever. And if you are looking for an accommodation to stay and spend the rest of you holiday near Barcelona, feel free to check out our villas.