As someone who isn’t a football fan, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the Camp Nou Experience. However, I was happy to discover that, football fan or not, there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy on this stadium tour. Well worth a visit if you’re in Barcelona!
Camp Nou is home to FC Barcelona, and is one of the worlds most famous football stadiums. Seating almost 100,000 fans, it is the largest stadium in Spain and Europe and the fourth-largest association football stadium in the world by capacity.
It’s easy to see why the Camp Nou experience is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Barcelona.
As a side note, if you’d like experiences within the tour to be a surprise, this post isn’t for you!
The FC Barcelona Museum
The FC Barcelona Museum gives you all the interesting history behind the team, right from the beginning and where they started to where they are now. With all the random bits of information and facts dotted about, there is something for everyone whether you’re a big fan of the game or not.
You can also see all the trophies they’ve won, Messi’s Golden Boot and Ballon D’ors trophies and other cool bits and pieces of memorabilia such as old boots, balls and tickets on your way round.
Tour of Camp Nou
Once through the museum, it’s time to take on the stadium tour. The Camp Nou experience offers much more than just a view of the stadium though, and you’ll get access to various areas that can only be seen via the tour.
The end of the museum area leads you out to your first outdoor view of the stadium. Entering the seating area from the middle section of the stadium gives you amazing panoramic views. Here you can take a moment to enjoy the view, have a sit down on the seats and if you have a good enough imagination, imagine you’re at a game. This area is a great spot to get those wide shots of the stadium to capture all it’s glory.
Heading back down, you’ll make your way towards the mixed zone. This is where you’ll see the long backdrop where teams speak to the press after matches. Apparently, there’s space for up to 100 reporters in here! Right next to that are you’ll see the Ricard Maxenchs press room with the high table and audience seating.
Next up is the Away dressing room, and here you can see how they have all the lockers and benches, the physio tables, vending machines and even a jacuzzi! Close to the dressing room, you’ll be able to get a glimpse into the stadiums chapel too.
And then it’s time.
Time to walk through the player’s tunnel. A place where so many champions have stood previously and still do stand…
Standing Pitch Side in Camp Nou
It might be a much quieter entrance as you make your way out into the stadium, but the wow factor is still there. Despite already seeing the stadium from a higher spot, walking out onto the pitch from the tunnel does give you that feeling of overwhelm. The sheer size of the stadium combined with how close everything still feels is such an odd experience. I can only imagine what it would feel like with 100,000 fans screaming!
So you’re on the pitch. You can see the dugout areas and get a sense of how being on the pitch itself feels. If you think about how many players and managers have stood in those exact areas, it is quite an incredible feeling to also be there in those spots.
Commentary and Press Boxes
Moving on, you’ll make your way back up to the top of the stadium. Here you’ll get the see the commentary and press boxes, where pundits will be seated and talking about everything that’s happening on the pitch. The boxes in the gantry here contain 192 work desks, 2 television studios and 28 commentary boxes, so it really is a cool area to see.
Other Areas Surrounding Camp Nou
You’ll end the tour in the FC Barcelona shop – of course. Three floors of Barcelona gear, from full kits to pens and keyrings. There are some really nice bits of clothing in here, but if you’re not sure you want to spend the money here you can always go into one of the many FC Barcelona shops more central within the city. They’re everywhere.
Outside there are also some toilet blocks, a cafe area and the main ticket offices so you can have a little wander around before leaving.
Practical Tips on Visiting Camp Nou
So, you want to try the Camp Nou Experience? You can purchase tickets directly on the FC Barcelona website, and there are a few different tour experiences available. There’s the Basic Tour (as detailed above!), the Player’s Experience Tour, Basic Tour with Audio Guide and the Flexible Tour ticket.
The basic tour includes a visit to the Barça Museum and the Camp Nou Tour and is 26€ when purchased online, or 29.50€ from the box office on-site. Each visit is estimated to last between 1.5-2 hours, but this will really depend on how much time you take to read all the information in the museum, and how long you spend within the stadium.
If you want to really splash out on a special experience, the Player’s Experience Tour comes in at 119€. It is much more expensive, but you do get a much bigger package that includes: an official guide, VIP access and a tour of private areas, access onto the pitch/goal area, seeing the Barcelona changing rooms rather than the guest ones, an Official FCB gift, professional photos and free shirt personalisation.
Make sure to check the football fixtures for your visit, as the website states that tours are cancelled on and around match days.
How To Get There
From central Barcelona, the easiest way to get to the stadium is to take the metro. There are three stops that are pretty close to the stadium, as these are Les Corts (green L3), Badal (blue L5) and Collblanc (orange L9). The metro is simple to get around on, just work out which of these lines/stops is nearest to your hotel and follow the route. We got on the orange line, getting off at Collblanc. It was a 5-10 minute walk from there to the stadium, and really simple to navigate.
You can also travel by bus, and the following routes will get you to Camp Nou: 50, 54, 57, 70, 75, D20, H8, H10 and V3. Buses do generally take a bit longer than the metro due to potential traffic, so that’s just something to think about when planning.
Thinking of doing the Camp Nou Experience?