Right now, FC Barcelona is the best football team in the world just behind Real Madrid. No team in the major European leagues scores more goals than Barca, it has the most accurate passers in the League and it's home to a certain trio with the names Messi, Neymar and Suarez. While you're in the capital of Catalonia, your ideal Barcelona city breaks should include watching a match, or at least taking a tour around the Camp Nou stadium, going out for good food and beer then getting up the next day to see what else this winning city has to offer.
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Join the hordes of locals and visitors who fill the 99,786 seats in the colosseum-style stadium. Ticket prices for matches start from a reasonable €45, but you should get yours well in advance of going to avoid disappointment. Alternatively you can book onto the Camp Nou Tour Experience, which includes a trip around the field and ticket into the museum. Have your mobile phones at the ready to get a picture of you and the boys wearing your kit on the pitch or holding onto the winning cups and trophies.
As games tend to take place during the night time in the summer months, grab something to eat before the game, then head out for a few beers and toast victory after it. For a taste of the traditional, try out nearby Boca Grande. Its Spanish menu is a delicious mix of Mediterranean and Catalan cuisine. Sit in the outdoor terrace and let the DJ take you into the night with lively beats. Tickets is a newer establishment that specializes in tapas dishes. It has a youthful vibe inside and serves innovative dishes. For a quieter setting, you’ll find the welcoming Leku in Les Corts. The seasonal menus are put together by chef Sergi Amorprides, who prides himself on using only the very best ingredients
So you might wake up with a bit of a fuzzy head, but get out there and see as much of this city as you can. Take a tour of Gaudi's work, which includes the impressive Sagrada Família and the outdoor Park Güell. A walk down Las Ramblas will also give you a big injection of the local atmosphere, as you watch street artists and stop off at stalls. Here you should also wander around La Boqueria market and pick up fresh fruit and fish. If you're looking to take it really easy, make your way to the city's Barceloneta beach where you can sip on a cold beer as you sit on the sands.
With a world class football team, famously fresh food and so much to see and do, you're going to wonder why you haven't made a trip to Barcelona before now.