Camp Nou Tour
Haven't you always dreamed of walking down the tunnel with the fans singing your name and looking around at the mass of spectators taking their seat in one of the world's greatest sporting arenas? Well, now you can with the Camp Nou Experience, a unique opportunity to explore FC Barcelona's history and prestige.
The tour starts in the museum, a vast collection of regional, national and international trophies amongst famous memorabilia amassed since the formation of the club in 1899: Ronald Koeman's match-winning boots from the 1992 European Cup Final, the shirts of Johann Cruyff and Diego Maradona, along with the gloves of goalkeeping great Salvador Sadurní are some of the most prized artefacts on show. And Lionel Messi's Ballon d'Or, along with the Fifa World Club Cup and European Champions League Trophy are amongt the more recognised trophies on display in what is an astonishing collection of silverware.
A detailed history of the club - starting with its foundation by Joan Gamper and taking you through the tricky Civil War period, the club's Catalan nationalism, Johan Cruyff's Dream Team and to the triumphs of the Guardiola era - is fantastically detailed (in Catalan, Castilian and English), providing visitors with a concise political, sporting and cultural history of Catalunya's most successful team. The club's other teams are not ignored, however, as there are a collection of trophies and memories from basketball, handball, roller hockey and futsal.
A series of interactive touch screens celebrate the club's greatest triumphs and heroes, allowing fans to re-live some of FC Barcelona's proudest and most spectacular moments. There is also a private art collection on permanent display at the museum, which exhibits works by local artists as Dalí, Miró and Tàpies.
Walking into the stands and looking out onto the pitch for the first time takes your breath away, as you are taken in by the sheer majesty of the stadium's 98,787 capacity. The Camp Nou's seats are the colour of blaugrana (blue and red) with the club's motto "Més que un club" inscribed in the middle tier.
The tour next takes you down to the press room, where Barça's club president, managers and players often take press conferences. Here, there is a chance to have your photo taken with a replica Champions League trophy!
As you prepare to make your way to the pitch, you will encounter FC Barcelona's famous chapel on the right-hand side, the last chance where Puyol and Co. can make a prayer before stepping onto the turf.
Advancing down the tunnel, you can hear the club's anthem: 'Blaugrana al vent, un crit valent, tenim un num el sap tothom, Barça! Barça! Barça! (Red and blue colours flying in the wind, and a cry of courage with a name that we all know, Barça! Barça! Barça!), a symbol of the club's proud cultural heritage. Only from here can you acknowledge the giant stature of the architecture as you gaze afar at the higher rows that surely no football could reach. Feel free to take a seat on the substitute's bench or in the throne of Guardiola, but your chances of getting on the pitch are next-to-none.
Unfortunately, your chances of visiting the home changing rooms are also limited but there is a chance to experience the visiting dressing room where opposing managers such as José Mourinho chalk up their tactics whilst the players can enjoy a post-match jacuzzi which sits in the middle of the room.
The final part of the tour takes you to the press boxes, which hang in an ideal location over the half-way line and where journalists and commentators arrive to report on the matches.
The tour takes between an hour and a half to two hours to complete and it is a true tribute to one of Europe's greatest teams, FC Barcelona, who really are 'more than a club'.
2nd April - 7th October: 10am-7pm (Museum closes at 8pm)
8th October - 1st April: 10am- 5.30pm (Museum closes at 6.30pm)
Sundays/Public holidays: 10am-1.30pm (Museum closes at 2.30pm)
Adults €22, Children aged 6-13 €16-50, Supporters club/Seniors/Students €16.50, FC Barcelona Members free.
Nearest Metro stations
L3 - Palau Reial; L3 - Les Corts; L5 - Collblanc
Unfortunately, the stadium is not adapted for people with physical walking disabilities.
Audio guides are available in Castilian, Catalan, French, Italian, German, English and Dutch.