Even if you’re not a fútbol
(soccer) fan, Camp Nou is worth a visit to experience the pride Catalans have for the FC Barcelona team. Able to hold nearly 100,000 screaming fans, which can be quite intimidating for visiting teams, Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Europe. The on-site museum showcases trophies and awards the team has garnered through the years. Interesting and interactive displays invite visitors to learn a little more about the fútbol culture and its impact on the city. For example, Catalans rallied behind the motto “més que un club” (more than a club) during the oppressive Francisco Franco regime, from 1939 until the ruler’s death in 1975, and it became a symbol of striving for independence. The slogan is even spelled out in giant gold letters among the royal and ruby stadium seats.Tickets to a game can be expensive, but to see the fans and players in action is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “It’s great to see and feel the atmosphere. The sound of 100,000 people cheering when FC B(arcelona) scores a goal is magical. I will never forget that sound ever again,” said one TripAdvisor
user.Tickets for the “Camp Nou Experience,” which includes a visit to the stadium and entry to the museum and multimedia center, cost €23 EUR or about $30 USD. However, there are ticket discounts for kids, senior citizens, students and groups. Visiting hours vary depending on the team’s game schedule, so check the website
before scheduling a trip. Getting to the stadium is easy: The two closest Metro stops are Palau Reial, on the green line, and Collblanc, on the blue line. Both are within a short walking distance to the stadium.
8. La Barceloneta and Port Olímpic
It’s hard to resist the call of the brilliantly blue Mediterranean Sea; take some time to soak up the sun along the Barceloneta district’s Passeig Marítime
, a seaside promenade that trails just northeast of the Old City. For awhile, the city’s waterfront was run-down and forgotten, but today, activity thrives here: both the beach and the boardwalk are great for casual walks or enjoying a refreshing glass of sangria. However, if you’re looking to sprawl out in your swimsuit, you should be aware that many recent travelers criticize Barcelona’s waterfront for its lack of cleanliness.At the southern end of the Passeig Marítime
is Port Olímpic, which is easily recognized by the two seafront skyscrapers, one of which houses the Casino Barcelona, and the giant copper goldfish sculpture. There is also a marina here with plenty of restaurants and bars.
9. Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria
If you love food (and who doesn’t?), a trip to the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria (Saint Joseph of Boqueria Market, or simply the Boqueria) is a must. Since the 17th century, this bustling plaza has attracted local butchers, bakers and farmers alike looking to sell their products to the hungry people of Barcelona. Today that tradition lives on, and the covered marketplace treats visitors to the vibrant colors and enticing aromas of everything from fruit juices and wines to fresh fish, meats and produce. Plus, numerous bars and restaurants can be found around the market, so food options abound.
Many travelers say the attraction offers affordable eats, and perusing the dozens of vendors is just as fun. One TripAdvisor reviewer called the Boqueria “Aladdin’s cave of the highest quality produce of every type and variety.”
“Outstanding quality in terms of food and experience,” the reviewer added. “Foodie heaven.”
The Boqueria sits just off of Las Ramblas and is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Browsing is free, but carry a few extra euros with you just in case something catches your eye or makes your mouth water.
10.La Seu (Cathedral of Santa Eulalia)
Towering above the center of the Barri Gòtic
district is Barcelona’s principal cathedral, La Seu. Considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in all of Spain, the cathedral’s construction began in the late 13th century, though it wasn’t completed until the mid-15th century. Its ornate exterior depicts the lives of saints; intricate lace-like carvings flank the entrances. Inside La Seu, the main attraction is its 14th-century cloister overlooking a verdant tropical garden. While you’re here, make sure to dedicate plenty of time to the numerous examples of artisanship that went into completing this cathedral, from the sprawling nave to the whimsical cloister.According to recent travelers, December is one of the best times to visit La Seu, as the courtyard comes to life with local craftsmen selling homemade Christmas decorations. However, the pedestrian square in front of the cathedral — Plaça de la Seu — is always lively.La Seu is open to visitors daily and entry to the cathedral is free, but you will have to shell out a few euros if you wish to explore places like the roof or the crypt. Visitors are also welcome to view the Sunday noon performance of the sardana
, a Catalonian folk dance.In Conclusion:Barcelona has some of the most unique and inspiring architecture in the world, so a tour of the city’s parks, museums and churches is a must. You won’t want to miss out on seeing Gaudí’s Casa Batllo, La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. Later, relax on the waterfront with a cool cerveza
(beer) or glass of cava, accompanied by some tapas, all the while enjoying a picturesque view of the Mediterranean. After a brief siesta, we suggest you hit the nightlife in Las Ramblas.For any questions regarding Barcelona or how to get there for Free please contact me or leave me any comments and I will get back to you as soon as I can.