The slogan on the stadium seats reads Mes Que Un Club - more than a club, and indeed the beloved Barça is a way of life in Barcelona. Take in a stadium tour, maybe even a match, on your football city breaks, with cheap flights to Barcelona with Easyjet.
Easyjet (www.easyjet.com) offers direct flights to Barcelona from Belfast, Bristol, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Newcastle and Southend. Fares start at £25.99 outwards and £14.99 for the return leg on London departures, with similar fares available around the country. These fares include taxes but there are additional charges for luggage, so don't overdo it in the Barcelona shop.
Drop those bags at your hotel and head out to the Nou Camp stadium, a short taxi ride or underground trip to the north of the city. You'll need to take a few minutes to grasp the sheer scale of this cathedral of football.
The Nou Camp tour (www.fcbarcelona.cat) is 22 euros for adults and 16.50 euros for children and OAPs. That might seem steep, but you get to see everywhere, including the changing rooms, the players' tunnel, even the bench where the likes of Johan Cruyff, Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and, well, Gary Lineker, have watched from the sidelines. Then be dazzled by all the silverware in the museum and trophy room. This is quite a successful football club.
You will get the chance to see why if your visit coincides with a home game (and if it doesn't, your planning skills aren't up to much). It is not out of the question that you can buy a ticket for the game at the Barcelona box office. Alternatively book online at www.barcelonatickets.com, where you can get seats for league matches from 36 euros.
Note, if you suffer from vertigo, a seat in the highest part of the stadium can leave you with quite a giddy sensation. At the end of the game, as you make your way down the countless flights of stairs, Barcelona will leave you light-headed, whatever the result.