Football fans won’t want to miss Camp Nou Stadium, home turf for Lionel Messi and Football Club Barcelona. It’s also the largest stadium in Europe, with 99,354 seats. Inaugurated in 1957, the famous venue has hosted a number of key international games over the years, including the FIFA World Cup, European Champions Cup, and two UEFA Champions League Finals.
There’s no better time to experience the atmosphere of the grand stadium than on a match day. If you’ve got tickets for a home game, you’ll see Barcelona’s enthusiastic football fans at their most animated. For the ultimate behind-the-scenes experience, opt for the Camp Nou Experience, which tours the 592,015-square-foot (55,000-square-meter) FC Barcelona stadium. Stops on the tour may include the players’ tunnel, the legendary field, the chapel, TV room, press room, and the sports medicine center, plus the team locker rooms and the luxury Presidential Box. Wrap up your visit with a stroll through club history at the Barça Museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The stadium is a must-see for sports fanatics.
- Visit on game day, or go behind the scenes on a stadium tour.
- Stadium tours generally last between 90 minutes and three hours, depending on the option chosen.
- Don’t forget your camera; the stadium is loaded with photo ops.
- Audio guides are available for Camp Nou tours.
How to Get There
The Camp Nou is easily accessible via public transportation. Take the metro to Palau Reial or Les Corts stations (Line 3) or to Collblanc or Badal stations (Line 5) and make the short walk to the stadium. The stadium is also a stop on the west route of the double-decker hop-on hop-off bus.
When to Get There
The best time to visit the Camp Nou depends on the experience you want to have. Nothing beats the excitement of game day (the season runs from late August to May), but if you’re interested in touring the stadium and seeing the museum, you’ll have to visit on a day the team isn’t playing at home.
The FC Barcelona Megastore
Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a Barcelona fan back home or simply want to look the part while attending a match, the FC Barcelona Megastore outside the stadium has just about everything you could want, from official team jerseys and T-shirts to key chains, scarves, pint glasses, and bumper stickers.