Magic Fountain of Montjuic

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Overview

In the run-up to the city's World Exhibition, the Magic Fountain (Font Màgica) was built in 1929 in Barcelona. It is one of Barcelona's most popular tourist attractions.

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc lies at the head of Avinguda Maria Cristina in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is close to Plaça d'Espanya and Poble Espanyol de Barcelona, located below the Palau Nacional on the Montjuïc mountain.

This show features music and a kaleidoscope of shimmering lights in the majestic background of Montjuic Palace. It is the fountain’s spectacular illumination display.

Around 3,620 jets perform water acrobatics that reaches a height of 177 feet (54 meters). Soundtracks span from a remix of Barcelona by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé to classical scores. These are uniquely choreographed spectacles on the fountain after dark.

All the guided tours, bike tours, bus tours, and nightlife tours include a stop at the fountain. The spectacular fountain show lasts about 20 minutes. This place is ideal for tourists with kids and first-time visitors. You can stand upwind of the fountain to avoid getting drenched.

 

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc History

Carles Buigas envisioned the Fuente Mágica de Montjuic (Magic Fountain of Montjuïc) for the 1929 World's Fair in Barcelona. It would replace the Four Columns Monument because dictator Miguel Primo de Rivera demolished this monument in 1928 as an offense to Catalan nationalism. Buigas had very ambitious plans with around 3000 workers to finish this project before the fair.

After completion in record time, the first show took place on May 29, 1929. Barcelona's famous fountain continued its shows until the 1930s before it was damaged during the Spanish Civil War. It stayed in operation till Buigas oversaw the repairs in 1955.

In the 1980s, the present-day music/light choreography was added. The Barcelona Magic Fountain was entirely restored by the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. A record of 2.5 million tourists visits every year to enjoy the show.

 

How to Get the Best Views

It would help if you reached the venue an hour in advance to take in the Magic Fountain show. Munch some snacks or have a beer at a nearby shop and try to grab the first show.

Try to get to the steps leading up to the MNAC museum and sit there. The pedestrian bridge on the Plaza de España side is another great spot to sit.

You can go to the 8th-floor terrace of Catalonia Barcelona Plaza and order drinks for a view without crowds.

 

When to Get There

It would be best if you visited during one of the synchronized light and sounds shows to take in the fountain in its full glory. The light show timings vary by season. During an extended summer schedule on weekend evenings, you can get nightly shows.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 11:00 am to 03:00 pm
  • Sunday : 11:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Sunday : 01:45 pm to 06:00 pm
  • Sunday : 01:45 pm to 06:00 pm
  • Sunday : 01:45 pm to 06:00 pm
  • Sunday : 01:45 pm to 06:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • Metro : The España metro station is the nearest to the Magic Fountain. From the station, you can walk to the venue in minutes.
  • Public Bus : Avinguda Ferrer i Guàrdia / Mèxic: 150,13 Plaça Espanya: H16, H12, 23, 37
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tourist bus stop : "CaixaForum - Pavelló Mies van der Rohe" is the closest stop for Magic Fountain of Montjuïc with the "hop on hop off" sightseeing bus.

Things to Do

You can explore number activities around the Magic Fountain:

One of Europe’s best squares is Plaza de España that houses two 47-meter-tall Venetian towers, an ex-bullfighting ring, and a huge fountain. Here is the view of Barcelona’s top shopping malls.

You can walk into the shopping center (Las Arenas) and take the escalators to get to the top for a spectacular view and sip of beer.

Montjuic Hill is home to the city’s most beautiful public gardens, formidable military fortifications, and the open-air architecture museum Poble Espanyol.

Dinner Nearby

Since the show is late, it's only natural to go for dinner or drinks after.

On account of a delayed show or after the show, it is natural to have dinner or drinks. Here are a few choices available:

Walkabout 15 minutes to the neighborhood of Poble Sec to get to the famous Calle Blai. It is home to a ton of one-euro beer and pintxo bars.

La Tasqueta de Blai at Carrer de Blai 17 serves the highest quality food.

Plata Bistró is ideal for a full dinner with seasonal and authentic tapas. The owner Victor opened this beautifully decorated restaurant to modernize traditional Spanish dishes. Savor the foie gras, grilled octopus, or the calamari.

Walk 5 minutes from Plaça Espanya at Carrer de Sepulveda 23 to find it. You can reserve via the restaurant’s Facebook page or by calling (+34) 935169130.

Suita Ramen at Carrer del Príncep Jordi 6 serves Japanese food. In simple décor, you can try gyoza and green tea cheesecake.

Address

Μαγικό σιντριβάνι, Plaça de Carles Buïgas, Barcelona, Spain

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Agus Farran
Agus Farran
09/13/2020 21:15
It's a beautiful place even when the fontana is off. When it works, with water jets, colour lights and music all of it in coordination, it's a absolute wonder. 🤩
Anurag
Anurag
08/22/2020 18:21
Nice place to have a view of most of the city from this elevated location which gets equally complimented with a park and stepped water stream, filling the fountain with water.
Ciprian Biclineru
Ciprian Biclineru
08/19/2020 00:35
Just one word: amazing! A must see in Barcelona. Music, water and light. .. and a lot of people also - but that's Barcelona
amu mohnot
amu mohnot
09/09/2020 21:14
I love this place. You can see the whole Barcelona from up there 😁😁😁
Ірина Бабак, ФГН, 3г
Ірина Бабак, ФГН, 3г
07/21/2020 15:21
A very beautiful show, which attracts a large number of tourists, it is better to come early to take comfortable seats and enjoy the view. But don't forget to ask stuff in what time fountain starts sing... I was here with my parents and sister and can tell that time you spend there will be interesting for people of all ages.

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The Magic Fountain offers free entry to everyone.
In the build-up to the new year's eve celebration, the Magic Fountain remains closed between December 26 to December 31....
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