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The Magic Fountain of Montjuic

Every weekend there is a performance in Barcelona that portrays a kind of wonderful fairytale of moving water jets, illuminated in shifting shades and hues, synchronized to light and music. The display is truly captivating with its spectacular views and is very popular in Barcelona.

The Magic Fountain contains 3.620 water nozzles, each of which is able to shoot water 4 meters high. It is a world-famous spectacle at the foot of the Montjuic in the centre of Barcelona. The fountain is one of the numerous tourist attractions and a great place to relax, enjoy the evening and feel the unique charm of the Catalan metropolis. Even when the fountain is not in operation, it is a privileged point that boasts spectacular views of Barcelona from Plaza Espanya to the slopes of Tibidabo.

The attraction is located between the mountain Montjuic and Plaza Espanya, at the end of the street named Avenida Reina Maria Cristina, just below the Palau Nacional. The monument was designed by Carles Buigas and inaugurated in 1929. The fountain was fully restored in 1992 because of the Olympic Games, which were held in Barcelona in that year. The fountain features a recycling system that abides by the drought decree made by the Catalan government in 2008.

The Magic Fountain Show

The show starts off with music from the 70s and 80s and continues to classical music and more recent songs. The combination of colors, music and the movement of the water makes the evening an unforgettable adventure. The Magic Fountain show in Barcelona displays various sequences of musical choreography ranging from movie soundtrack to classical music shows, a zarzuela, a twentieth and twenty-first century remix and even a pop mix with the song “Barcelona” by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé.

The long set of stairs that stretches from the fountain to the Palau Nacional is the best place from which to observe the spectacle. We recommended arriving several minutes before the show starts, otherwise a good seat will be rather difficult to find. The best way to get there is by metro, through the lines L1 (red) and the L3 (green) that stop at Plaza Espanya. From that point just follow the crowd. Wherever you decide to stay in Barcelona, the Magic Fountain can easily be accessed by subway or bus. It is a must-see during your visit to Barcelona. The display is extravagant and colossal in size. And, most importantly, the kids will love it.

Around 2.5 million people visit the Magic Fountain each year. The site is open to the public and free of admission. In December there is a special Christmas show on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as on the 25th of December and 1st of January between 19:00 to 21:00. Each year Montjuic’s Magic Fountain is also the chosen site for the Piromusical, a huge firework display with a music and laser show, which is the closing event for Barcelona’s main festival, La Mercè.

How To Get There:

Address: Pl. Carles Buïgas, 1 28080 Barcelona, Spain

Transport: Metro –  L1 and L3, stop Plaza Espanya | By Bus – 9, 13, 27, 30, 37, 50, 55, 56, 57, 65, 79, 109, 157 and 165 | By FGC – stop Plaza Espanya | By Tour Bus – stop CaixaForum – Pavello Mies van der Rohe

Operating hours:

From 30th of April to 30th of September:
Thursday to Sunday, 9 pm – 11:30 pm. Show starts at 9 pm, 9:30p m, 10 pm, 10:30 pm and 11 pm

From 1st of October to 30th of April:
Fridays and Saturdays, 7 pm – 9 pm. Show starts at 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 pm

Christmas and Easter:
Thursday to Sunday, 7pm – 9pm. Show starts at 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm and 8:30pm

The fountain is closed every year from mid-January to mid-February for annual maintenance.

For more information, check the website.


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