FC Barcelona

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Don’t let this one get past you! 

Visiting Barcelona without finding out something about “Barça” is going to lose you a lot of points.

When Hans Gamper placed an advert in a local newspaper to recruit soccer players he could not have imagined the enormous repercussions that this would end up having. On 29 November 1899, he founded Fútbol Club Barcelona together with eleven enthusiastic players of what was then an unknown sport.

During the more than 100 years of its existence, the Club has experienced spectacular growth and this has turned it into something more than a sporting entity. For millions of people around the world, Barça has become a symbol of identity not just in terms of sport, but also socially, politically and culturally. And as they say Fútbol Club Barcelona “is more than a Club”.

Camp Nou, as the stadium has become popularly known, falls right into line with this reputation. It really is worth seeing, even if you know nothing about soccer.

Opened in 1957 the stadium has undergone several improvements and modernisations and has become a grand monument to football at the highest level. At 48 metres high and covering a total surface area of 55,000 square metres you’ll feel dwarfed inside. It can hold 120,000 spectators, who can be evacuated in just 5 minutes. The spectacular clamour which floods down from the terraces during the excitement of the match is indescribable. 

If you can’t make it to a match, you can still enjoy the experience on one of the guided tours which enable you to visit the terraces and stands, including the President’s grandstand, the benches, the pitch and even the dressing rooms! This is an option when you visit the adjoining museum which gives the history of this famous club.

Divided into different sections, apart from the history, there are also audiovisual presentations from all periods, real sports materials and hundreds of spectacular trophies, as well as a section of different homages offered to the Club by great artists such as Dalí, Miró, Tàpies and Subirachs.

You can also take home a souvenir from the gift shop. Caps, scarves, t-shirts…you’ll find all sorts of things here – even Barça toothpaste!

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