The 2016-17 La Liga schedule has been released and it offers a mixed bag of fixtures for Barcelona.
The start for the Champions is not bad. Other than a visit to San Mamés, facing Diego Simeone and a trip to Celta, the first eight matches are not the worst you can get. As Pep Guardiola once said, you’ll win the league in the last eight games, but you’ll lose it in the first eight. With a start like that, it’s safe to say Barça aren’t losing the league.
But then, as we reach the end of the season, things get tough. April is insane, not only because of seven league matches in 30 days, but also because Barca face Sevilla, Real Sociedad and play away on two key matches, first against Espanyol in the local derby and then Madrid for the final El Clásico. Plus they will probably have a couple of Champions League ties in their also to contend with.
Going to a Barcelona match at the world famous Camp Nou is an incredible experience. If you have never been, here is everything you need to know for a great time in Barcelona as well as a seating chart of the Camp Nou.
Barcelona 2016 Preseason
30 July: Celtic v Barcelona in Dublin – Buy Celtic v Barcelona Tickets
3 Aug: Barcelona v Leicester City in Stickholm – Buy Barcelona v Leicester Tickets
6 Aug: Barcelona v Liverpool at Wembley – Buy Liverpool v Barcelona Tickets
10 Aug: Joan Gamper Trophy – Barcelona v Sampdoria
Apr. 2 Granada (A) – Buy Barcelona Tickets
Apr. 5 Sevilla (H) – Buy Barcelona Tickets
Apr. 9 Málaga (A) – Buy Barcelona Tickets
Apr. 16 Real Sociedad (H) – Buy Barcelona Tickets
Apr. 23 Real Madrid (A) – Buy Barcelona Tickets
Apr. 26 Osasuna (H) – Buy Barcelona Tickets
Apr. 30 Espanyol (A) – Buy Barcelona Tickets
Going to a Barcelona match at the world famous Camp Nou is an incredible experience. If you have never been, here is everything you need to know for a great time in Barcelona.
Getting To The Stadium
Barcelona offers some great transport links to and from the Nou Camp that are not only plentiful but well priced. Whatever way you get there, whether it be by metro, bus or taxi we will give you the low down on how to get from the city centre.
If you are lucky enough to be flying into Barcelona for a weekend and to see a game then the nearest airport is Barcelona El Prat. It is situated around 13 kms from the Camp Nou and is the second largest airport in Spain after Madrid Barajas and the 10th busiest in Europe. Transport links from the airport to surrounding areas are first class and a new metro station has just been built. There are two terminals (the newly built T1 and the older style T2) and the airport is home to budget airlines such as Spanair and Vueling airways. Ryan Air also fly into here on a frequent basis.
Costs of transport from the airport to the Camp Nou are around €2.90 for the metro, €2.00 for the bus and €15.00 for a taxi. A Taxi is the quickest way to get here at around 10-20 minutes, but is clearly the most expensive option. The metro stop at Maria Cristina is only a short walk from the stadium and takes around 30 minutes. The best buses to get from the airport are Line 1 and Line 3 and these stop reasonably close to the stadium at the Plaza Espanya
From the city centre take the metro Blue line 5 to Collblanc or Green Line 3 to Maria Cristina or Les Cortes all of these stops are a very short walk away. The metro runs until 1am and the cost is around €2.90. The travel time is around 15 minutes from the city centre.
Buses are frequent and plentiful and a number of lines go straight past the Camp Nou from the city centre these are as follows: 7, 15, 43, 56, 67,68, 74, 75, L12, L50, L60 and L62. Lines 15, 43 and 56 are generally the busiest after matches and on important big games where they expect large crowds, they put on a special shuttle bus between the Camp Nou and the Plaza Catalunya after the game. The cost of a bus ticket is around the €2.00 mark.
Barcelona has an efficient tram system which runs regularly from the city centre, out to stops near the Camp Nou and the lines are T1, T2 and T3. They are very modern, clean and are green and white in colour. Ticket price is a very cheap €1.45 one way. You can purchase tickets at the ticket machine located at the various tram stops.
This is the most expensive way to get to the Camp Nou but is probably the most convenient. The drive is around 10 minutes, but can take up to 30 minutes depending upon the traffic. Prices range from €10- €15 and there are a large number of taxi companies to choose from. Please click the link to check out some contact details for the taxi companies. Barcelona Taxi Guide
Camp Nou is situated due west of Barcelona city centre in the district (Barrio) of Les Cortes and is around 6 kms. It can be walked but would take around one hour. Instead it is probably much easier to make use of the plentiful and cheap forms of public transport that the city has to offer.
Bars and Restaurants
Restaurant La Baracca Carrer De Lluca 56-58 Les Cortes, Barcelona
This rustic restaurant is close to the Camp Nou and is great for sampling some authentic Spanish food. Such as Jamon de Bellota (cured ham) and shellfish. Prices are not particularly cheap, but the food is excellent.
Restaurante La Botiga Pedralbes Carrer De Gandesa 10 Les Cortes, Barcelona
A modern restaurant offering very simple modern Catalan cuisine. Again situated close to the Camp Nou and open everyday including Sunday. Food such as home made hamburgers with goats cheese and tortilla makes this a great place to grab a bite to eat before the match. Prices are very reasonable at less than €20.00 per head.
Antichi Sapori Carrer De Collblanc 48Les Cortes, Barcelona
This is one of the best places to go if you fancy something Italian. In fact they do the best pizza for miles around. It has an extensive menu and prices are between €20 and €30. It’s only a stones throw from the stadium to boot.
Bar Jaguar Carrer de Emerita Augusta 10 Les Cortes 08028 Barcelona
Why not soak up the atmosphere before the game at Bar Jaguar. It is within spitting distance from the stadium and is where all the fans go before and after the match
Bar Virginia Traveserra de Les Cortes 16 Les Cortes 80828 Barcelona
Ask any true fan where they gather before the match and they will tell you Bar Virginia. It can get quite lively in a friendly sort of way, but join them and you’ll have a very authentic experience.
Bar Bayo Traveserra de Les Cortes, 138 Les Cortes 08028 Barcelona
Situated between the stadium itself and the metro station at Les Cortes, this is a great place for an ice cold beer and some authentic tapas. It does get very busy before the match, but is well worth a visit, just for the atmosphere if nothing else.
Kitty O’Shea’s C/Nou Santa Maria 5-7 08017 Barcelona
This was the first Irish bar and restaurant in Barcelona and is a great place to visit if you fancy a drop of the black stuff and some real Irish welcome. It’s close proximity to the stadium means that it gets extremely busy before the match and is jam packed with true Barca fans.