Book tickets for El Clasico 2016 and watch Ronaldo vs Messi live...

Book tickets for El Clasico 2016 and watch Ronaldo vs Messi live in Barcelona

SHARE
Our Reader Score
[Total: 3 Average: 5]

Great news for our GCC fans – we, at HolidayMe, have created a special holiday package for Barcelona, Spain – including the much-vaunted match day tickets for the El Clasico match between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Our special 4-day package including the stunning match will ensure that you have enough time in your hands to explore the legendary city of Barcelona – rated amongst the best cities in the world – before watching the great spectacle unravel at the iconic Camp Nou stadium which seats almost 1,00,000 spectators – 99,354 to be precise!

The debate over which team is the greatest: Real Madrid or Barcelona? Who is the greatest player – Ronaldo or Messi? Which former player of the two clubs is a better manager – Zidane or Enrique? Who is the rising superstar of tomorrow’s world football – Bale or Neymar? These and any more questions will once again keep fans engrossed to the latest edition of the greatest footballing spectacle on the planet – El Clasico. No matter if you are a diehard Madrid supporter or a lifetime Barca fan; watching the El Clasico live in the hallowed Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona will send your heartbeat racing like never before. The match may be over in about 90 minutes but the memories will be etched in your minds, forever…

Book the El Clasico package and grab the tickets (available in limited numbers) for this mega footballing event scheduled to held on 04th December, 2016.

El Clasico is a fascinating experience that talks about Spain’s rich and intricate culture, intertwined with history, politics, and a strong regional identity.

 Unique facts about El Clasico

The famous rivalry has a lot of political significance as Real Madrid represents Spain nationalism, and Barcelona represents Catalan Nationalism. Ironically, Real Madrid was founded by two Catalans – Juan and Carlos Padrós!
  • Real Madrid legend Alfred Di Stefano signed for both Real Madrid and Barcelona – at the same time.
  • Michael Laudrup became the only player to have won the La Liga competition for both clubs. The first victory came in 1993 for Barcelona before he matched the same feat against the Catalan club in 1994.
  • The first ever El Clasico was held on May 13th, 1906, before La Liga even existed! It was a part of the Copa de la Coronacion’s semifinal match, with Barcelona emerging victorious (3-1).
  • Alfonso Albéniz was the first player who played for Barcelona and then moved to Real Madrid in 1902. The most infamous transfer between the clubs was that of the Portuguese legend Luis Figo.
  • An interesting tradition during El Clasico is of the ‘pasillo’ or guard of honor (fans of the opposite team applaud their rivals coming out of the tunnel, if the La Liga title has already been won by their opponents). The ‘Pasillo’ has only happened three times in El Clasico history – twice for Real Madrid and once for Barcelona.

 

Top things to see in Barcelona

  • La Sagrada Família – If you have the time for only one sightseeing outing in Barcelona, this should be it. La Sagrada Família inspires awe by its exceptional structural magnificence, and, most amazingly, it’s still under construction after more than 100 years! It attracts around 2.8 million visitors a year and is the most visited monument in Spain.
  • Magic Fountain show (The Font Mágica Fountain) – The Magic Fountain is a “must see” Barcelona attraction. The Magic fountain was built in 1929 and sees an estimated 2.5 million visitors annually.
  • Picasso Museum Barcelona – The Picasso Museum is Barcelona’s most famous museum.
  • Las Ramblas (Barcelona’s most famous walking street) – Spanish poet Federico García Lorca had said about La Rambla, “it is the only street in the world, which I wish would never end.” Referred to as the human heartbeat of Barcelona, if you have not strolled down Las Ramblas, you have not been to Barcelona.
  • Camp Nou Stadium (home of Barcelona football team) – One of the greatest stadiums in the world with a seating capacity of almost 1,00,000 spectators. Camp Nou stadium and FCB museum are among the most popular attractions in Barcelona drawing millions of visitors every year.
  • Barrio Gotico area of Barcelona – The Barrio Gotico gothic quarter is the medieval district of Barcelona. It grew around the old Roman town of Barcino in the oldest part of Barcelona and houses many beautiful churches, plazas, markets and museums.
  • Park Guell – Parc Guell is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to be one of Gaudi’s most artistic works. The park is located on Carmel hill and offers sensational views of the city of Barcelona.
  • Modernista buildings in Barcelona – The Modernista buildings in Barcelona are a remarkable sight for the tourists. Three of the most prominent buildings are “Casa Amatller”, “Casa Batlló” and the “Casa Lleó-Morera.” One of Gaudi’s most famous buildings in Barcelona named “Casa Mila” is also located within a close vicinity.
  • Montjuic hill – Montjuic hill has many parks and attractions including an old fort at the very top, called Montjuic Castle, offering fantastic views of Barcelona. The other exclusive attraction is a unique Spanish village called Poble Espanyol village (it is rated amongst the top 5 most-visited attractions in Barcelona.)
  • Tibidabo hill, Sagrat Cor church & Tibidabo amusement park – A visit to Tibidabo is a fun thing to do with family in Barcelona. The fun vintage amusement park at the top of the hill is a delight for kids.
  • Montserrat Mountain & monastery – The legendary Montserrat Mountain is located at an hours’ distance from Barcelona. The mountain, alongwith the monastery and basilica, is one of Barcelona and Spain’s biggest tourist attractions.
  • Girona city – Girona is a historic city. It takes about an hour to reach the city from Barcelona by car, bus or train. It’s a city full of legends and beauty, and recently, the location for new episodes of the famous TV show, Games of Thrones.

Check Out the comprehensive Barcelona Travel Guide 

El Clasico 2016

Fun facts about Barcelona

  • More than 8 million tourists visit Barcelona every year, making it Europe’s third most-visited city after London and Paris.
  • There are two stories about the founding of Barcelona. One of the versions claim that the city was founded by Hercules, 400 years before the building of Rome.
  • La Diada de San Jordi (St. Georges Day) is one of the biggest, most widely celebrated festival in Barcelona. It takes place on April 23 and was declared by UNESCO as the International Day of Books. It is a tradition to present your near and dear ones with roses and books on this day.
  • La Rambla is probably the most famous street in Barcelona. But in reality, it consists of 5 boulevards – or ramblas – joined to make one long promenade.
  • Barcelona is the first city to win a RIBA Royal Gold Medal for its architecture.
  • The main event of La Mercè is held on the 24th of September each year, and it is an official city holiday since 1871.
  • Despite their world-class status today, five beaches in Barcelona did not exist before the 1992 Summer Olympics.
  • Antoni Gaudi was not the first architect to work on the Sagrada Família. Architect Francesc del Villar was first commissioned to design the church on that site. When he resigned a year into the project, Gaudi took over and completely revamped the design.

Check out Things to do in Barcelona

Catalan cuisine – Top 5 Foods to Try in Barcelona

El Clasico 2016

Catalan cuisine entails an ancient Mediterranean style of cooking, characterized by the usage of local herbs, animals bred locally and seafood harvested from the Mediterranean. Catalan cooking is laden with the brilliance of masters of molecular gastronomy (Albert Adrià, Carles Abellan call Barcelona their homes!) and is best observed at the basque-style tapas bars, seafood taverns, avant-garde restaurants and chocolate shops selling blissful desserts.

You should try out the following local delicacies while you are in Barcelona.

  • Paella – Spain’s favourite dish is also a popular dish in Catalonia. Paella is a Spanish dish of rice, saffron, chicken, seafood, etc., cooked and served in a large shallow pan. It encompasses all that is Spanish … colour, passion, and warmth of the locals.
  • Tapas – If you are in Barcelona, you simply cannot get around tapas. It’s something you must not miss eating when you’re here. Tapas come in all forms and sizes, but the ones you get here are some very typical ones.
  • Escalivada – A salad made of aubergine (eggplant), peppers, tomatoes, onions, salt, olive oil and vinegar.
  • Crema Catalana – A classic Catalan dessert, very similar to crème brûlée. It consists of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel and is normally served at room temperature.
  • Allioli – This is a typical Catalan sauce which is quite similar to mayonnaise. It is traditionally made with garlic, olive oil, and salt.

Go ahead, book this special El Clasico package and experience the delights that the city of Barcelona – boundless culture, fabled architecture and a world-class drinking and dining scene along with the delights of the ‘beautiful passionate El Clasico’-  has to offer.

Madrid will become a battleground for passionate football fans on 19th November 2016. The city will be gripped by the hottest Madrid Derby of 2016.

Want to be a part of the hottest Madrid derby of the year. Check out holiday packages and match tickets with HolidayMe.

NO COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY