Tour Barcelona Camp Nou: The world’s third largest football stadium

Tour Barcelona Camp Nou: The world’s third largest football stadium

If you’ve ever happened upon Barcelona during a football match then you may have been surprised to see the red and blue streets filled with ecstatic fans cheering as if their very lives depended on victory. Catalonians couldn’t be prouder of their all-star team now sporting football heroes such as Lionel Messi, an idol of many Spanish youths, and soccer players around the world. Barcelona Camp Nou was the team’s very first stadium in its inaugural year of 1957, carrying some of the team’s richest history in its bleachers as well as on the turf. Soccer fan or not, taking a tour of Barcelona Camp Nou will provide a lot of insight into the heart of Catalan culture.

About Barcelona Camp Nou

Constructed between the years of 1955 and 1957 using mainly concrete and iron, the project cost was a staggering 288 million pesetas, meaning the team would spend its first years of existence in great debt. Nevertheless, it was a point of great pride among the team members and coaches, as well as the expanding local fan base that was quickly growing beyond what could be accommodated at the stadium. With a capacity of 99,354 it is now the biggest stadium in all of Europe, but still the crowds overflow into the streets and pubs of the city. When it initially opened it held just over 93,000, which was increased to 120,000 in 1982 to host the FIFA World Cup. New regulations forced the stadium to reduce its capacity in the late 1990s.

There are many notable facilities within the stadium that are cause for its official five-star status. On the tour, you will get to see all of them including the chapel, the presidential box, VIP lounge, Press and television rooms, veteran players area, and the FC Barcelona club museum.

Tour Club Nou

Touring Barcelona Club Nou has become one of the most popular things to do upon visiting the city and is a chance for visitors to get a behind the scenes experience of this Spanish landmark. Check out their impressive trophy room literally filled with accolades; step foot on the actual grass of FC Barcelona, and check out the coveted Messi Space covered with the Argentinian superstar’s accomplishments. You can also visit the press room and visitors’ dressing room, and see the players’ tunnel and commentary boxes. There are truly endless places throughout the stadium to explore that your general admission ticket would not allow you to see, which makes tours all the more appealing to real sports fans.

 

If you’ve growing up playing football then a visit to Barcelona Club Nou, whether for a tour or a match, will be a high point in your romance with the sport. There are few places as crazed over this game than Spain, and you’ll be left without any doubts about what committed fans actually look like. It is ideal to see this place both empty and quiet where you can just appreciate its legacy, and yet bustling and crazed during game time so you can witness what it was built for.

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A Must See: The Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona

A Must See: The Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona

Barcelona is a city as rich in culture as it is in beauty, making it one of the best places to visit in all of Europe. Among the city’s many cultural attractions is the famous Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona, housing a sizeable collection of the Spanish artist’s lifeworks. If you’re an art enthusiast or at all interested in the life and works of Picasso, this museum is central to understanding his career and the extensiveness of his talent. Located on the Carrer de Montcada, the city’s most important stretch of mediaeval architecture, the Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona building is a site to see in itself.

About the Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona

The museum is a key to understanding Picasso’s coming of age as an artist, and in that it deeply reflects his relationship to Barcelona itself where he spent many years of his youth and adolescence. Housing over 4,000 of his works in many different mediums from painting and drawing to printmaking, the collection is exhaustive up until his well-known Blue Period, and depicts his evolution into the years when his work became well known around the world.  The museum is housed in five large townhouses, or palaces, that were built within the 13th to the 15th centuries. These buildings represent the Catalan civic gothic style that is popular within the area’s most historic architecture.

Visiting the Museum

There are many different ways to explore the museum. You can opt for an audio tour that is self guided and allows you to learn more about the pieces you are most interested in, or for a more traditional guided tour given by a knowledgeable docent whose passion and education in Picasso’s work will be lavished on you. Tours are available of both the permanent collections and temporary exhibits.

Picasso – Dali

A popular exhibit currently on display at the Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona features the works of Picasso and Salvador Dali side-by-side. These two important 20th Century artists have long been known for having opposing political views, but a deeper relationship between them has recently been more exposed to the public, and the remarkable impact they had on one another personally is displayed in this exhibit of their similar works. Among the paintings, drawings, etchings and sculptures by both Picasso and Dali, you’ll find documents providing contexts to their work through which you’ll get to see how connected they truly were. There are many different ways to experience this exhibit including a roundtable discussion with experts in these works, guided tours, a reading club and family workshops that are offered.

 

 

The museum also takes part in many city-wide festivals such as the LOOP Festival, and will even hosts concerts during the upcoming Symphonic Festival. There are often special events happening, like free nights at the museum and other family oriented ways to enjoy this wonderful Barcelona attraction. Whether you’re a collector, enthusiast or just someone who enjoys learning about culture through the lens of famous artists, you don’t want to miss a chance to explore this wonderful haven of artifacts.

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Where to See Spectacular Flamenco Shows in Barcelona

Where to See Spectacular Flamenco Shows in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city born of tradition, and Flamenco is one of the most beautiful artifacts of the fiery Spanish culture that remains a celebrated aspect of the city today. Among the aspects of nightlife to enjoy are the numerous Flamenco shows in Barcelona. Whether you’re looking for a simple show or for a whole evening out including dinner and drinks, you’ll find it somewhere around the city any night of the week. This is a great way to experience traditional food and dance during tapas hour before the night clubs get busy and the famous Barcelona late night parties begin.

Here are a few of the Flamenco shows in Barcelona to look into while planning a night out in this unforgettable city.

El Tablao de Carmen

This classic Flamenco show at Poble Espanyol de Montjuïc celebrates the tradition of the country’s most famous performer, Carmen Amaya, who was much loved by her country and even Hollywood legends like Orson Welles, Fred Astaire, and Charlie Chaplain. From Tuesday to Sunday there are two shows every evening at 7 and 9:30, both with dinner available. These shows are known for their artistic integrity with numerous talented performers from around the country including guitarists, dancers, and percussionists. If you’re heading up the mountain, El Tablao de Carmen is a great thing to enjoy while there.

Retaurante Nervion

Featuring two-hour shows every Thursday and Friday evening at 8pm at 10pm, guests buy tickets either for the show and a drink or the show and dinner. The meal is three courses of classic Catalan dishes like paella, Iberian baked ribs, and Catalan cream, all accompanied by a bottle of Rioja wine. If you opt simply for the drink ticket, you will get your second drink at a reduced price, making this the perfect cocktail hour for a night out in the Gothic Quarter.

Palacio del Flamenco

For another of the great flamenco shows in Barcelona head to Palacio del Flamenco in Eixample. With three dinner-and-a-show performances every evening, the shows offer a beautiful combination of traditional flamenco and classical dance. These are more than just dancing but promise an inventive interpretation of Spain’s cultural history. The meal is also a cultural experience in classic Spanish tapas. If you’re interested in learning more about this mysterious and beautiful style of dance, you can also sign up for Flamenco lessons at the Palacio.

 

There are many opportunities to witness different versions of flamenco shows in Barcelona, which is just one of the great things to do in the city to experience its unique culture and the beauty of its citizens.

If you’re planning a trip to this Mediterranean destination, be it for work or pleasure, be sure to look into these affordable short term rentals that can be found all around the city. Whether you need accommodations for yourself or for an entire family or group of friends or coworkers, you’ll find a plethora of places to stay that are luxurious, charming, and centrally located. There’s no better way to experience Barcelona then from your very own flat.