As one of the most iconic and famous football (soccer) stadiums in the world, Nou Camp stadium tours are one of the most popular worldwide in terms of stadia. We went recently and certainly if you are in Barcelona visiting the city, this stadium is one of the best attractions in the city.
Is Camp Nou Tour Worth It?
If you are a sports fan like me, then the Nou Camp Stadium is an absolute must-see, with the home of FC Barcelona the modern-day Colosseum.
Football (soccer if you are American) is embedded in Catalan culture and the home of the main football in the city of Barcelona is FC Barcelona.
The second team in terms of size and achievements is RCD Espanyol and they play in the Olympic Stadium.
The Nou Camp Stadium Tour
Like most sports stadium tours I do, I find that the tours offer you a far greater chance to understand the history and full background of the stadium.
In other words, if you are going to make the effort to see the Nou Camp, I recommend to immerse yourself in the whole experience.
What Do the Tours Include and Involve?
The Nou Camp Stadium tours include the following:
- The chance to walk out onto the pitch
- Tour of the players’ changing rooms
- Walk-through and view the FC Barcelona Museum
- Visit the press area and directors’ boxes
- A knowledgeable tour guide who will explain the full history of the stadium and the club
Cost and Length of the Camp Nou Tours?
- Tours are for one and a half hours
- You can choose a timeframe between 09:30 and 19:30
- Price includes the tour (with guide) and museum entrance
Getting to Barcelona Nou Camp Stadium
Getting to the stadium for the tour, from central Barcelona, is really quite easy and you have a few options:
The Barcelona Metro is their subway system (much like the London Underground or NYC Subway system).
The metro is very efficient in Barcelona and a great way to get around the city. To get to the stadium, use the Blue L5 line and catch the metro to the Collblanc stop.
By Bus or Taxi Cab
You can also reach the ground by bus but by far the easiest way is via the metro.
Taxi cabs can be found everywhere driving by in central Barcelona so another alternative if there are 3 or 4 of you and you want to go direct, is to jump in a cab.
Other Sporting Ideas for Barcelona
Barcelona is an excellent city as a sports fanatic and for a number of reasons. You might want to consider these events in Barcelona:
- Spanish F1 at the Circuit de Catalunya
- Barcelona Open Tennis – Taking place in April each year, the open takes place at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona.
- Barcelona Marathon (normally takes place at the start of November annually) and starts at Montjuic Castle.
- Catalonia MotoGP Grand Prix – Part of the MotoGP world championships, the race at the Montmeló Circuit takes place normally at the start of June each year.
Barcelona is also a great city for you if you are a sports enthusiast who likes to play and participate in sports as you travel. Barcelona is a great place to try:
- Several public outdoor pools for swimming including the Olympic pool in Montjuic.
- Surfing in Barcelona is possible, with the Barceloneta beach area popular with surfers.
- There are cycle paths across the city if you enjoy getting around by bicycle and cycling.
Where to Stay in Barcelona
There is an abundance of accommodation in Barcelona and all accommodation types can be found. High-end hotels, budget hotels, backpacker hostels, apartments, and B&Bs.
10 Things You Might not Know about FC Barcelona
1. You may know that the FC Barcelona Football Club has a private museum for its sporting memorabilia, but did you know that the Intercontinental Cup is the only major football trophy that has never been featured there? Instead, the club’s museum features their two best European Cups, which were won at Wembley (1992) and Paris (2006).
2. The Club has the unique and exclusive honor of appearing in every single edition of European club competitions since tournaments were first created in 1955. No other club has this distinction.
3. FC Barcelona has recorded numerous wins in Europe, including winning the title of “King of the Cup Winners Cup,” a total of four times, setting a record for European competition.
4. Since the 1990s, FC Barcelona has won 18 Spanish League titles, which is said to be one of the most challenging competitions ever played by the Club.
5. The club’s heaviest defeat came in 1931, during the 1930-31 Spanish League season when it lost to Athletic Club Bilbao (12-1).
6. Their greatest victory across all competitions was to win 18 points over Tarragona’s nil score during the Macaya Cup in 1901.
7. FC Barcelona’s founder, Joan Gamper, was Swiss. He held the role of president five times, starting out nine years after founding the club.
Until then and during the interim periods, he focused on playing the game as the team’s captain.
8. FC Barcelona beat long-time rivals Real Madrid 3–0 during the first leg of the Copa del Ray semi-finals. However, in the second leg, they lost to the Castillian Real Madrid team, which had accepted Franco’s fascist regime, scoring a mediocre score 11–1.
The source of the loss is attributed to a locker room visit by Franco’s director of state security who announced that the Catalan FC Barcelona team, which proudly fought against the regime, was only playing due to the “generosity of the regime.”
9. Barcelona fans supported the trams’ strike of 1951 by choosing to walk home in the pouring rain after witnessing their team beat Santander 2–1 rather than catching a tram.
This took the Francoist authorities by surprise and is in keeping with the revolutionary spirit of the Barcelona team and its supporters.
10. FC Barcelona was recorded as the third richest club in the world with a revenue of over 290 Million Euros during the 2006–07 season. Learn more about football in Barcelona.