Camp Nou - 2nd largest football stadium in the world. More info here.With that we ended Day 3 in Barcelona and said adeu to Spain!Day trips from BarcelonaTip: If you have additional time, consider some day trips from Barcelona to the following places.Montserrat - This place is just an hour inland and then you take the cable car up the Monastery. - Rewarding day trip from Barcelona. The monastery has a small wood statue of black virgin - 800 years oldFigueres - Has Salvador Dali Museum. Depicts his life work, dreamscape and other art installments.Cadaques - Fishing VillageBarcelona City pass and hop on and hop off busesTip: We did not buy the Barcelona city pass primarily because we heard that sometimes people just waited at the hop on and hop off stops for ages before crowded buses showed up or worse they were stuck in traffic. For this very reason we decided to cover most everything from pt A to B via cabs or if it was a short distance on foot. If you go during off season, this pass may be worth it - More info hereHope you enjoyed this journey with us. Will update the post with more pics soon.For cost of the trip, refer to my main post on Spain.
After keeping a close watch on tickets for more than 6 months, I was losing hope since I could not afford them. You see, I was a master student back then in Barcelona, working part-time as an English language teacher in a Spanish school. As an ardent Barça fan, I had to watch this very game, in particular. Obviously I did not want to miss Messi-Ronaldo face-off, coupled with the fact that this was Iniesta's final El Clásico. However, more than anything else, I was dying to see Zinedine Zidane! As it turned out, it was his last El Clásico as Real Madrid coach.With the capacity of 48,000, the remotest seats in Camp Nou were as steep as EUR 650 (approx 51K INR). There was such a storm under my pillow that I stalked FC Barcelona website for months, hoping against hope for ticket-prices to fall. I somehow knew for a spectacle as big, and for the rivalry as old, this was a long shot. As early as in the 1930s, Barcelona developed a reputation of Catalan identity, as opposed to the centralized capital - Madrid. With time, Real Madrid represented wealthy, conservative right-wing Spanish nationalism. Whereas, Barcelona symbolized liberal left-wing Catalan patriotism. If you are a Barça fan, you and I are referred to as 'Ass/Bum' (I am not kidding!). FC Barcelona supporters are called 'culés', meaning “ass” in Catalan. According to legend, during the twenties in the former Stadium in Les Corts, passerby could see the bum of supporters who sat in the highest row of the stadium. On the other hand, much to their Spanish reputation, Real Madrid fans are named 'Los Merenges' (Meringues) or 'Los Blancos' (Whites). Unsure of the authenticity of origin, it does seem obvious that they were named after the French dessert, due to their all white kit.A week before the match, when I almost gave up, my stalking the FC Barcelona website helped. One ticket in the fourth row near the Corner (I know!!!) for EUR 250 (approx 20k INR). Yet, this was way more than I could afford. In some European universities, one has to pay for convocation ceremony. In my case it was EUR 100. Now there was an altogether different tiki-taka (Spanish team's distinctive style of playing) in my head. I had always dreamt of pursuing masters abroad and had taken an education loan to chase that dream. Moreover, I was about to graduate with 'Magna cum Laude' (distinction), and had scored one of the best grades in my batch. But then, I just couldn't help it! Hungry for experience and having failed to silence the calling, I convinced my employer for a salary advance for the remainder (Spaniards are the best) This is how we celebrated Messi's magical strike!
If your spouse or kid is one of the die heart sports fan then Camp Nou should be a must visit on your visiting list. One of the popular attractions of Barcelona, this stadium has a capacity to accommodate 99,000 people and is worthy of your visit. And if lucky you might just get a chance to witness an ongoing game.
Experience Camp nou Stadium – The second most visited place in Barcelona, after Sagrada Familia. Even though im not really a die hard soccer fan, I loved this place.it is an experience of retracing the footsteps of FC Barcelona’s legendary players and entering the field from the tunnel !! You can explore the VIP area, Lionel messi space, Press area and also where the players sit. Along with the stadium, there’s also a museum with all the laurels that FCB has won and the Nike store with FCB merchandise.Hit the Beaches and port’s – For sun worshippers, Barceloneta is just what you’re looking for! it is the most bustling and touristy stretch of sand and sea. There are a plethora of sea food eating options near the beach. The best time to visit the Mediterranean beaches is summer.
On the next day we took the Hop On, Hop Off buses which was very cool because we could see everything without hurting our legs of walking. We saw the famous Camp Nou which is the stadium of the FC Barcelona. We saw Font Magica which is a fountain, its famous because it has colourful lights.