A VISIT TO CAMP NOU, BARCELONA
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Lifetime experience at The Camp Nou – Football Club, Barcelona

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I was never much into sports except for Cricket. In childhood and the growing years, I would play it with my cousins. During my college days, I tried my hand at badminton and still pick up the racket whenever I get a chance.

After getting married, things started to change. As my husband is into every possible sport from hockey to cricket to football to tennis and the list goes on. This was one of the traits of ours that didn’t match. To balance it out, I would make him watch romantic movies at times and he took his turn to make me watch the sports channel. To my surprise, I developed a penchant for the green field. I enjoyed watching football matches. We used to wait for FIFA Tournament and support our favorite teams as well.

On my last birthday, we planned a 3 day trip to Barcelona, Spain. After exploring the happening city on the first day and witnessing many modernists landmarks and archaeological sites, we started for Camp Nou the next morning for a fun packed day. It was drizzling but we had booked our tickets online in advance to rule out any possibility of missing it. It was the highlight of our trip after all.

As I stepped out of the taxi, I was in awe of the place already. I actually pinched myself to check if I was not dreaming. And I was right there!!! At The FC Barcelona, Camp Nou. Yayyy!!!

 

After validating the tickets, we joined the queue. As it was off-season, the crowd was relatively less. At the entrance, there was a photo booth with footballers backdrop. We posed and got many pictures clicked by their team squad.

FC Barcelona Museum

Next, we entered the FC Barcelona Museum to discover the secrets of Camp Nou. I am not a fan of museums and hardly I get into any, but this was different. It was not just a visit to the museum but also an experience of a lifetime as we got a few steps closer to the player’s life, stadium, tunnel, playing ground and the dugout which we had seen on the TV only so far. We bought a multimedia audio guided tour which was available in 12 languages.

It was an interactive tour with exclusive images of the matches and players. Throughout the route, we were thrilled to see the details of historical goals, videos, exclusive games. There were a few quizzes for the visitors to brainstorm too. The walls of the museum were packed with multimedia installations where the pictures and videos were being played. The display, the flashes, the huge screen everything was just mind-blowing. It was truly an amazing experience. The most fascinating part of this museum was the trophies of all these years and clothes and accessories of the players.

There was another Tour Photography Point where we could actually felt a part of the football team by striking poses with the Champion League and our favorite footballer’s picture. There were a few props available too. The skilled and friendly staff was there at every step to help us with everything. Now the funny part – We assumed these photo shoots were a part of the ticket we had bought but to our shock, it wasn’t. We had to pay for the picture album near the exit. But no regrets as we created our personalized souvenir.

          

AND I ENTERED THE MESSI SPACE

(I always wondered why such a hunk was named Meesy (i))

There was a dedicated area for the Legendary player and zillions of girl’s heartthrob, Lionel Messi. Yes, I got to see “Messy’s” shoes, a T-Shirt, and other accessories. I was stunned to see that space which showcased all the club trophies with the mention of the year. Such elite and classy trophies I had never seen in my life. There was an interactive room also where we were reminded of all the milestones in Barcelona history. Not only this, we got a  panoramic view and access to the iconic parts of the stadium too. Not to forget, I got many pictures clicked with the icon and treasured those moments.

CAMP NOU TOUR

After discovering every nook and corner of the museum, we headed towards the stadium. The most awaited part of the trip. The entire route of reaching from the museum to the ground was thrilling. We passed through the press room where the press conferences with the players and the Football Committee take place. It seemed absolute royal. Then came the green room of the players where they change before the game starts and relax after it ends. There was a refrigerator loaded with energy and soft drinks, water bottles, juices for the players. Experiencing those minutest details from such a close distance was awesome. And, finally, we got the first sight of the field. Green beauty it was.

 

We passed through the mixed zone, stands, the tunnel, the stairs towards the ground to reach till the dugout. Yes! We were there, right at the dugout where the players sit. We experienced the VIP area as well which was covered by the glass frame but I was more enchanted by the public one as I could experience it at the pitch level. There was just a railing between us and the ground. The entire stadium looked mesmerizing. Gigantic it was. We sat in the stadium and the first team dugout area to feel it more closely. The experience was super magical.

 

It was indeed like a dream come true. Witnessing the stadium and everything that we saw on the TV only so far, felt stupendous.

A FEW CLICKS OF THE PHOTO ALBUM (SOUVENIR)

Important points to note:

  • Camp Nou is open every day, except for 1st January and 25th December.
  • It is advisable to buy the tickets online as the prices are cheaper and tickets get sold off in no time on the counter so you might have to return disappointed. Moreover, you need not wait in the queue by booking online.
  • There is an exclusive guide service also available but there should be a minimum of 30 people in a group to avail it.
  • If you have a disabled person with you, you get a discount on the ticket price by showing the supporting document.
  • Camp Nou is moderately wheel friendly, as there are numerous stairs. There are a few places which are not accessible to the disabled. To name a few – Playing field, benches, green rooms, player’s tunnel, mixed zone, and pressrooms. The places which are accessible by wheelchair are Audiovisual area and multimedia facilities, Trophy and European Cups gallery, Commentary boxes, Panoramic view of the stadium, Messi space.
  • There are different tour packages available – Book as per your requirement and budget, details are available on their Official Website.

It was a memorable experience to discover the stadium and museum at leisure. After visiting, I understood why this is one of the most emblematic stadiums of the world, the most visited one in Europe. Millions of fans from across the globe visit it every year to celebrate the history of the Club. It was a visit that I am going to cherish throughout my life.

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Manas Mukul
April 12, 2019 5:19 pm

I couldnt visit it during my Eurotrip. Next time for sure – I am planning to spend a week in spain. Aur messi se bhi to milna hai. Nice post and happy pics.
#ContemplationofaJoker #Jokerophilia

kushal
April 12, 2019 6:50 pm

Spain is on my bucket list as well.. Love the Football flavor all along the post… Lovely pics…

Namratha
April 12, 2019 9:00 pm

Been there too! and loved it:)

Sanjota Purohit
April 12, 2019 9:29 pm

My husband is a football (Chelsea) fan. We visited Stanford stadium in London to watch a live match. Your post reminded my first live match experience.

Ujjwal mishra
April 13, 2019 3:37 am

Very informative. Although we have a plan in plot for europe but dont have spain in the list. May be some other time.

Mayuri Nidigallu
April 13, 2019 5:13 am

Wow! This must’ve been some experience! And you got to go to the dugout too! Having a husband who loves sports is always fun, isn’t it!

Sitharaam Jayakumar
April 13, 2019 5:49 am

Wow! I would love to visit the Camp Nou stadium where all those thrilling matches were played. And boy! would I love to get a photo clicked with the image of Messi behind me! The Barcelona Museum sound very exciting. Even my interest in football got piqued only recently. I was more into Cricket and Tennis before that. Excellent article with beautiful image Vartika. Kudos.

anupriya
April 13, 2019 7:24 am

Even I am not that much into sports, but having read this post anf the pictures filled with your infectious smiles, I think I ll add Spain too to my bucket list. Also I must appreciate the fact that you as a couple have not let having twins curb your urge to travel and look around the world. Kudos to you.

Abhijit
April 13, 2019 8:28 am

Your husband got a raw deal. There is hardly that many sports movie compared to many more romantic movies. Nevertheless it is exciting to see Barcelona F C’s home ground. You should have planned to see a live football match, may be by postponing your birthday celebration by few months. That would be a better move. You would get a gift on birthday and get to travel Spain later.

Sonia Chatterjee
April 13, 2019 9:13 am

For once, I am so jealous of you. My whole family is a fan of Messi, the only one to be an unanimous choice after Maradona. Loved reading this post and taking a trip through your words and pics.

Shubhra Rastogi
April 13, 2019 10:16 am

well written loved the pictures. Looks like a destination not to be missed

Rashi Roy
April 13, 2019 11:17 am

Wow! That looks so much fun 🤩

vidhya
April 13, 2019 11:38 am

another wonderful place and post. love how you enjoy every moment

Sudeept
Sudeept
April 13, 2019 1:40 pm

My favorite post so far! Messi is my THE favorite footballer in the world (I call him Messiah) and Barcelona my 2nd favorite football club (after Arsenal) & Camp Nou may not be a Church but it is holy ground for all the fans of “the beautiful game”.
Lovely to know you’ve been blessed by the Messiah 🤝 It is something that’s very high on my bucket list too.
Someday.. 🤠

Surbhi Prapanna
April 13, 2019 1:50 pm

wow love the post, it seems you had great fun there. would love to visit sometime..and awesome pics!

Varsh
April 13, 2019 2:49 pm

I’m lost here. Don’t know if I should see those pictures or enjoy your detailed post on Camp Nou. That experience can surely turn anyone into a sports fanatic!

Harjeet Kaur
April 13, 2019 6:16 pm

How similar!! I used to watch cricket for him and made him watch soppy movies! When we went to London my son took us first to the Arsenal stadium. Do u live in Barcelona? I found it a very nice place…very lively and friendly.

Harjeet Kaur
April 13, 2019 6:18 pm

Ooops….missed out on saying..I adore your twins…God bless :*

Priyanka Nair
Priyanka Nair
April 13, 2019 10:20 pm

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience, I always love the fact you both choose to travel to such exquisite places with your kids and enjoy every bit of it. They will learn a lot 🙂

Deepika
April 14, 2019 1:08 am

As always lovely pictures and wonderful post.Lucky you!

Suhasini
April 14, 2019 9:11 am

I am yet to visit this place. Thanks for virtual tour am again getting tempted now.

Deepika
April 14, 2019 12:21 pm

Kids are adorable and you are gorgeous in the pictures. Once again a wonderful read. Keep it up dear!

Trapti
April 14, 2019 2:11 pm

Well written and thanku so much for sharing those important points.

Noor Anand Chawla
Noor Anand Chawla
April 14, 2019 5:37 pm

I’ve visited Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid and had felt a similar excitement. Loved your post and the pictures 🙂

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