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FC Barcelona Matchday Experience

FC Barcelona, affectionately known as Barça to its followers, has one of the biggest fan bases of all football clubs in the world, and it’s no surprise why. The club is fairly dripping in titles, cups, and awards, with its players regularly ranking as some of the best on the planet. Seeing Barça play live at their home ground of Camp Nou is an electrifying experience and one that draws fans from all over the world.

Thinking about planning a trip to see the epic FC Barcelona in action? You’re in the right place. In the guide below, you’ll discover all the information, tips, and advice you need regarding how to travel, where to stay, and what to see and do while you’re in Barcelona – as well as how to secure those all-important matchday tickets.

Just Who Are FC Barcelona?

FC Barcelona competes in the top flight of Spanish football, La Liga, which is equivalent to England’s Premier League. It’s one of the world’s richest football clubs and, as of May 2023, was ranked ninth on the UEFA club rankings. The team plays in dark blue and garnet stripes – which gives them their nickname of  Blaugrana.

Barça was the first Spanish club to win the continental treble, which consists of the Copa del Rey20, La Liga, and the UEFA Champions League, a feat it spectacularly pulled off in 2015. Not content to stop there, the club achieved the same thing again in 2015, becoming the first European football club ever to bag the continental treble twice.

If you love watching Barça matches on TV, you really haven’t seen anything until you’ve experienced the club play live and on their home turf. Getting started with planning a trip can seem overwhelming, but taking it one step at a time makes things much more manageable.

How to Buy FC Barcelona Tickets

While Camp Nou is Barça’s usual home stadium, it’s currently undergoing a major renovation. Once completed, the venue will have a seating capacity of 105,000, making it the largest capacity not just in Spain but in Europe. While the work is ongoing, FC Barcelona has a temporary home: the Olímpic Lluís Companies. It’s located in the Anella Olimpica, southwest of the city.

Getting hold of tickets for an FC Barcelona game may be tricky –  after all, it’s one of the most widely supported clubs in the world – but can certainly be done. Buying as far in advance as possible is best to avoid the disappointment of finding that the tickets you want are sold out. 

There are two ways to get your hands on a ticket for a Barça match: through the club itself or via a third-party seller. Buying tickets via the club’s official website is always the best place to start. This approach means you won’t have the worry about getting scammed or your tickets turning out to be invalid.

Buying Tickets From the Club

Head to FC Barcelona’s official website to buy tickets to see the team play. If tickets haven’t yet been released for the game you wish to attend, you can add your details, and you’ll be contacted when tickets become available. Expect to pay from around 75 to 175 euros per ticket.

Alternatively, you could really push the boat out and opt for a VIP hospitality package. As well as premium seat match tickets, you’ll enjoy tempting extras like food, drink, entertainment, and access to exclusive hospitality lounges. Prices per package vary, so take a look at the club’s website to discover what’s available and the cost.

Buying Tickets from Third-Party Sites

Many fans choose to purchase their FC Barcelona tickets from a third-party seller or platform. Comparison sites are widely available, allowing you to check out all options on offer for a particular game so you can choose the one that suits you best. If you go down this route, it’s vital to ensure that the third party is a trusted, reliable entity – if you’re in any doubt, think carefully before parting with any money.

While some fans choose to simply turn up on match day with the idea of buying tickets from a tout, this isn’t recommended. Having witnessed firsthand a friend purchase a ticket from a tout for a substantial figure, only to be turned away at the gates as it wasn’t valid, my advice is to steer well clear of this route.

Best Places to Stay When Traveling to an FC Barcelona Match

With Barça’s temporary home in the southwest of the city, there are plenty of accommodation options within walking distance of the stadium – taking the stress out of traveling to and from the venue.

InterContinental Barcelona

Just half a mile from the Olímpic Lluís Companys, this luxury hotel is within walking distance of the city centre and is conveniently close to the airport, too. As well as a stylish bar, the establishment is home to a Michelin Star restaurant and offers super comfortable rooms, personalized service, and an on-site spa and fitness center.

BCN Montjuic

Also close to Olímpic Lluís Companys, the BCN Montjuic is an affordable option that doesn’t compromise on comfort or amenities. Here, you can enjoy the rooftop pool and terrace, free Wi-Fi, and even make the most of the city bicycle tours on offer. Choose a room with a balcony to enjoy a relaxing drink after the game, overlooking the city.

La Franca Travelers

If you’d prefer an adults-only hotel, La Franca Travelers could be a great choice. It’s only half a mile from the stadium located in the green parklands of Montjuic. Amenities available include a concierge service, a hot tub, Wi-Fi, room service, and free parking. All rooms are air-conditioned, so you can have a comfortable stay, no matter how high the temperature rises out in the streets or on the pitch!

How to Get to the FC Barcelona Stadium: Transportation Tips

Happily, getting to FC Barcelona’s temporary home stadium of Olímpic Lluís Companys is an easy affair, and you have a few different options in terms of public transportation. Better yet, on match days, extra transportation links are put on.

There are three buses that’ll take you directly to the venue, numbers 13, 55, and 150. Alternatively, you could jump on the city’s Hop On Hop Off bus (on the red circuit), which drops travelers off directly in front of Olímpic Lluís Companys. This service runs until 8 pm in the summer and until 7 pm during the winter months, so, depending on the time of the game, you may need to plan to get back to your accommodation using a different mode of public transport.

Another option is to take the metro (line 1 or 3) to the Playa Espanya. From here, it’s a 20-minute walk to the stadium, or you could catch a bus that’ll drop you off right outside.

Thinking of getting to the stadium by car? Be aware that while there are several car parks at the venue spaces are very limited; using public transport is your recommended option for getting here.

The Best Places to Get a Drink Before or After a Barça Game

Whether to celebrate or commiserate, you’re likely to fancy a drink following an FC Barcelona game. Not to mention enjoying a pre-game tipple with friends, of course, before heading into the venue. While, of course, you’ll be able to purchase a range of refreshments within the stadium itself, it’s worth being aware that you’ll pay substantially more for these than those in the pubs and bars outside it.

Below are some of the best spots to head to for a pre or post-drink beer – all are within half a mile of Olímpic Lluís Companys.

  • Taps Barcelona is just a 15-minute walk from the stadium and is a lively bar where you can also enjoy a range of fabulous tapas to fuel you for the match or refuel you afterwards.
  • Bar les Cascades is the place to enjoy a beer and sample some bar food while enjoying a beautiful view over the park. It’s an easy walk from Olímpic Lluís Companys.
  • Del Duero Wine Bar, half a mile away from the venue, is perfect for those who prefer the grape to the barley! It’s open late at night, too, just in case the match goes into extra time.
  • Oleum is a restaurant located in the Museau Nacional, just a 5 to 10-minute walk from the stadium. The establishment has a wide range of drinks on offer and serves up authentic Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine.

There are also amazing places to eat near Camp Nou that you should try before or after the match. Check out our tips.

Top Things to See and Do in Barcelona Before and After the Match

Why not make the most of your FC Barcelona trip to see the sights of this most vibrant of cities? The location has so much to offer that spending two or three days here before or after the game is highly recommended.

There is so much to take in in Barcelona that it’s worth taking some time to figure out the things you’d most like to see and experience before jetting off so you don’t waste a moment of your time away!

Enjoy a City Tour

A tour of Barcelona is the perfect way to get an overview of the city’s sights and history – and is something that can be easily fit around seeing a Barça game. There are plenty to choose from; opt for a food tour to sample the city’s cuisine and street food, a half-day electric bike tour, or even a boat tour along the coast of Barcelona.

Most Popular Barcelona Sights

If you’ve only got a few days to spend in Barcelona, be sure to put the top-flight sights and experiences below on your itinerary. Of course, these are just the tip of the sightseeing iceberg!

  • Sagrada Familia – it’s not hard to see why three million tourists a year visit this awe-inspiring church. The unbelievable architecture has to be seen to be believed. And don’t forget to check out the fascinating subterranean museum.
  • La Rambla – Barcelona’s most famous street and home to a bevy of attractions, artworks, and boutique shops, along with the impressive Canaletes fountain, the Liceu opera house, and the Boqueria market.
  • Picasso Museum – a must-visit museum if you’re in Barcelona, here, you can view the over 3,800 pieces of art that make up the institution’s permanent collection. Queues for entry can be especially long, so it’s a good idea to book your tickets in advance online.
  • Park Guell – a charming labyrinth of gardens, highly decorated walls, little architectural displays, and stunning views; Park Guell also boasts the Hall of One Hundred Columns. Entry is free.
  • Barcelona Botanical Garden – relax and de-stress in the city’s beautiful botanical garden, which also enjoys a fabulous view of Barcelona itself. Spread over 14 hectares, you’ll find over 1,500 species of plants here from all over the world.

Get Set for a Captivating Catalonian Football Adventure

A trip to Barcelona is always an unforgettable experience, but tying it in with a trip to see FC Barcelona in action takes things to another level. From seeing this top La Liga team play on their home turf to making the most of the city’s plethora of sights and attractions, this is one trip that you certainly shouldn’t put off planning.

FAQs

Can tickets be purchased to see an FC Barcelona match on the day?

If tickets are available, tickets for a match can be purchased on the day at the Olímpic Lluís Companys ticket office. However, buying tickets in advance is highly recommended to avoid disappointment in the event a match sells out.

Is Olímpic Lluís Companys an accessible venue?

Olímpic Lluís Companys offers a wheelchair-accessible car park and entrance. Accessible seats are also available for wheelchair users and a companion. Those wishing to purchase these tickets need to head to FC Barcelona’s website, where they’ll find a form to complete.

When will FC Barcelona return to their usual home of Camp Nou?

It is anticipated that FC Barcelona will continue to play at Olímpic Lluís Companys until the renovation of Camp Nou is completed, which is anticipated to be in November 2024.