Barcelona Family Travel: How to Visit Camp Nou with Kids

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If you’re a sports fan coming to Barcelona, then you should plan a few hours to visit Camp Nou. Below I’ll explain how and why your should visit Camp Nou when you’re in Barcelona with kids.

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WHAT IS CAMP NOU?

Camp Nou is the home stadium of Barcelona FC, one of the most famous soccer/football teams of all time. It’s also the largest soccer/football stadium in Europe, and the third-largest by seating capacity in the world (North Korea has #1). In addition to a rich history in the sport, Camp Nou also hosts major concerts and other events. Bands like U2 have their stadium shows here.

Inside, Camp Nou’s massive museum documents the hometown teams and their accomplishments.

As you know, Spain is mad for the sport, and Barcelona FC is always highly ranked. Today, superstar players like Messi and Neymar share the Barcelona FC spotlight, but the team has a history of champions. Even Maradona played for them in the early 80’s.

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Ok, now this is the moment where my son rolls his eyes. I’ve just named three players I know best, and those with possibly the most name recognition today. However, my boy knows them almost all the players in the Champions League, La Liga, and other organizations. That includes their stats, their playing styles, their previous teams and a lot more. He’s not a fanatic, but he’s certainly a big fan. It’s one of the reasons why Keiko and I do what we can to keep him playing, as well as watching the important matches (even if we’re in a Sumatran jungle).

In fact, we timed our most recent visit to Barcelona during an El Classico match, which is when Barcelona FC plays its neighbor and arch-rival, Real Madrid. For my homeland readers, you can compare Barcelona FC VS. Real Madrid to something like Yankees VS. Mets, Duke VS. North Carolina or Michigan VS. Ohio State. In other words, it’s a big, contentious, long-standing rivalry.

The El Classico match was held in Camp Nou Stadium. We watched the match among fans in a restaurant nearby, and we had tickets to visit Camp Nou the next morning.

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WHY VISIT CAMP NOU WITH KIDS?

Seeing a match in Camp Nou Stadium would be incredible. That’s not what we’re recommending here, though. Instead, we’re recommending you visit Camp Nou for the tour. Called the Camp Nou Experience, this is a stadium tour that walks you through the history of the building and the team. There are lots of video and other immersive elements that will keep many kids occupied.

The Camp Nou experience gives you access to the locker room, the press room and glass boxes where color commentators sit and call the game. There’s even a sports show broadcasting from here live. Even if you or your family aren’t fans, there is a lot to learn about how such a major event is organized, executed and covered by the media. The next time you watch any sport being played on TV, you have a better understanding of where everyone is before, after and during the match.

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HOW TO VISIT CAMP NOU

The stadium is not centrally located, so it’s best to take a taxi, bus or train. If you know your address, simply use Google Maps or FC Barcelona’s own site to find the best route.

There are a number of buses that drop you off at various corners of the stadium, but we used the metro L3 (Green) subway line. This will be the best line for many of you, as the L3 line has Metro entrances all along La Rambla, where many people are likely to be staying, visiting or both.

Here’s the trick: Google Maps recommends getting off at the Les Corts station. This is the closest exit to Camp Nou’s main entrance. However, the Camp Nou Experience Museum is further around the corner. Therefore, you might want to consider riding the L3 for two more stations to Palau Real station and then walk south. That could shave at least 10 minutes off your walk. The path is well marked, so look for signs on the walls along the road.

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OUR TIPS FOR HOW TO VISIT CAMP NOU WITH KIDS

So you’ve decided to visit Camp Nou. Here are a few things we think you should know before you leave.

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Buy Your Tickets Ahead of Time

You can order them online through the Barcelona FC website. That way, you don’t have to wait in line when you arrive. At the time I bought them, they were offering a small discount code if you joined the fan club mailing list.

Make sure to check the Camp Nou Museum’s calendar before you go! Some dates they’re open from 9:30am to 7:30pm. Some days it’s 10am to 6:30pm. They close at 2:30pm most Sundays, and then there are days when they may not open at all. As a general rule, if there’s a game at the stadium that day, then the museum will not open. Confirm before you go.

Give Yourself Enough Time

This place is huge, and you’ll likely be in here for a long time. We did the Valencia stadium tour earlier this year, and it took 90 minutes with a guide stopping here and there to explain something or another.

At the Cam Nou Museum, however, we had no personal guide (they cost extra, and are expensive). We didn’t even get an audio guide, and yet we were in there for nearly two and a half hours — and that’s rushing through the last few rooms. Of course, Barcelona FC has a long history and a LOT of trophies to show off, but the place went on and on.

If you are a fan, give yourself another half hour. At least. If you plan to use an audio guide and take a lot of pictures, then give yourself enough time. If you plan to dig into the stats, history and memorabilia in the exhibitions, then give yourself another hour.

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Eat beforehand

The boy and I left Camp Nou earlier than we wanted to — not because we were finished necessarily, but because we were hungry. The road we walked (to/from Les Corts station) had some cafes and sandwich shops, but many were overpriced because of their proximity to the stadium.

There is plenty to eat in the Camp Nou, as well: we walked past at least one cafe near the entrance, one sandwich shop in the stadium and a fancy restaurant occupies the top floor next to the nosebleed seats. None are cheap, though, so we walked back towards the train station until we found something to our liking.

Beware of the gift shop

To call this a “shop” is an understatement. This is three full floors of Barcelona FC swag: from official jerseys to keychains, and about 10,000 other items. They even sell the grass from the Barcelona FC field. This looks more like a mall than a gift shop. In fact, the boy and I found it hard to find the exit from this place — not because we were shopping, but because it felt like they didn’t want you to leave any other way than past a cash register.

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WHEN DID YOU VISIT CAMP NOU?

How was your experience at the stadium? Have you ever seen a game there? What was it like? Have you gone on a stadium tour elsewhere? Where? What was it like? Tell us in the comments or contact me directly.

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Comments

  1. Great post! Not headed there ’til April — Hoping to attend a match with the kids. Curious though — obviously avoid the gift shop, but did you notice anywhere in the vicinity to purchase Barca swag? That doesn’t have the crazy high price tag…

    And… what do you think of my 14 year old doing the tour alone? He could likely spend days in there — but the younger siblings would last about 30 minutes…

    Thanks!

    • If your son is into it, then sure, I think he could go in alone, as long as he has a way to correspond with you for meetup/pick-up time & location. Or you could all go together and he stays on after everyone else tires of it. Fans (like my son) will always be able to spend more time than regular humans (like me).

      As far as finding Barca swag elsewhere, I remember seeing it in various places but didn’t look at it too closely. My guess is you’ll find two types: official and expensive in department stores and legit shops, and unofficial and cheaper everywhere else. The unofficial stuff is possibly shoddily made, possibly not. But any shirts being sold at stalls and out of boxes on the sidewalk will be cheaper and of questionable quality.

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