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Magic Fountain Barcelona Times + Essential Visitor Info

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Update 13/03/20: The Magic Fountain is closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial closure is expected to last 15 days. For updates please check out my group I’m Off to Barcelona.

Would you agree with me that €0.00 is the best price to pay while on holiday?

Then I think we’ve got something in common.

Yes, it’s hard to believe but you’ll be spending zero at one of the city’s top attractions: the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc.

The beautiful water, light, colour, and music spectacular is a must so let me show you how to visit.

The Magic Fountain Barcelona

The colossal Magic Fountain of Montjuïc operates on 3620 water jets circulating 2600 liters of water every second in the 3.1 million liter pool. Then throw in 4760 lights and a max water spout of 52 m.

The result is a light show of dancing fountains that will leave you speechless.

Watch as over 7 billion light and water combinations push and pull in the night. The spurting colour is perfectly choreographed to classical or contemporary music making this piromusical a can’t-miss.

Music selections include 1980’s mix, cartoon soundtracks, Spanish classical, swing, current hits and more. If you’re looking for a specific type of music check out the choreography schedules.

In all the show lasts about 20 minutes and it’s completely free.

Magic Fountain Barcelona Times

From 2016 onward the city has cut show times with the goal of saving 10% on energy. This means the Wednesday to Sunday schedule has been bumped to start in June instead of March.

Here is the new Magic Fountain timetable for 2020:

  • November 1 2020 – January 5 2021: from 20:00 to 21:00 (Thurs-Sat)
  • January 6 – March 4 2020: closed for maintenance.
  • March 5 – March 31: from 20:00 to 21:00 (Thurs-Sat)
  • April 1 – May 31: from 21:00 to 22:00 (Thurs-Sat)
  • June 1 – September 30: from 21:30 to 22:30 (Wed-Sun)
  • Oct: from 21:00 to 22:00 (Thurs-Sat)

FYI: the Magic Fountain is closed between December 26th and December 31st 2020 to prepare for the upcoming New Year’s Eve celebration.

The Magic Fountain show lasts about 20 minutes and begin at 30 minute intervals, that means there are about ten minutes between show times to get into position – so get there early, wait for people to leave, and pounce!

Check out the official city website for all Barcelona Magic Fountain times.

Where to Get the Best Views

To get the best view of the Barcelona Magic Fountain show make sure you arrive early.

A good way to ensure the best view is taking in the first show. Get there an hour in advance and relax with some beers and snacks from a nearby shop and wait it out. You’ll have your pick.

In general the best place to sit is on the steps leading up to the MNAC museum behind.

Another great spot is the pedestrian bridge on the Plaza de España side.

If you’re willing to spend a bit of money you could also grab a drink on the 8th floor terrace of Catalonia Barcelona Plaza for a view without crowds.

Tip: if you’re close up, gauge the wind before the show because if not you might get soaked!

How to Get There

La Fuente Magica is found in Plaza Carles Buigas at the end of Avenida Reina Maria Cristina.

The address is Pl. Carles Buïgas, 1.

Simply arrive at Plaça d’Espanya (metro station Espanya, red line L1 or green line L3) and then follow the crowd toward the palace. It’s just beyond the two Venetian towers.

To get to the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc using the Bus Turistic there are a few stops in the area including Plaça d’Espanya, MNAC, and CaixaForum – Pavelló Mies van der Rohe.

For Bus Turistic users I recommend using Plaça d’Espanya to arrive to the fountain and taking the MNAC stop on the way back. It’ll let you explore two different areas with minimum uphill walking.

Buses serving the area are: 13, 23, 37, 150, H12, and H16.

The FGC stop is Plaça d’Espanya.

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What to Do in the Area

The areas surrounding the Magic Fountain are worth a great deal of exploring.

In Plaza de España we see one of Europe’s best squares with a huge fountain, two 47 m tall Venetian towers, and an ex-bullfighting ring with an incredible panoramic view that’s now one of Barcelona’s top shopping malls.

I suggest walking into the shopping centre (called Las Arenas, you can’t miss it) through the main entrance and taking the escalators up to the top for an amazing view and maybe a beer. Do not pay for the elevator.

On nearby Montjuïc Hill you also have the city’s most beautiful public gardens, some super-interesting military fortifications, and the legendary open-air architecture museum Poble Espanyol.

Dinner Nearby

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

From the Magic Fountain it’s about a 15 minute walk down into the neighbourhood of Poble Sec to find the famous Calle Blai – home to a ton of one euro beer and pintxo bars.

For the highest quality food I recommend La Tasqueta de Blai at Carrer de Blai 17.

If you’re looking for a full dinner with authentic and seasonal tapas look no further than Plata Bistró. The owner Victor opened this beautifully decorated restaurant looking to modernize traditional Spanish dishes.

Go for the calamari, grilled octopus, or the foie gras.

You’ll find it 5 minutes walking from Plaça Espanya at Carrer de Sepulveda 23 and reservations can be made via the restaurant’s Facebook page or by calling (+34) 935169130.

In the mood for Japanese? Then look no further than Suita Ramen at Carrer del Príncep Jordi 6. It’s one of the best ramen spots in Europe. Don’t be put off by the simple decor – this restaurant packs a punch. Make sure you try the gyoza and green tea cheesecake.

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc History

The Fuente Mágica de Montjuic (Magic Fountain of Montjuïc) was envisioned by Carles Buigas for the 1929 World’s Fair as a replacement for the Four Columns Monument – a monument destroyed by Dictator Miguel Primo de Rivera in 1928 as an affront to Catalan nationalism.

With only a year to go before the fair many deemed Buigas’ plans too ambitious.

Cue 3000 workers.

The fountain was completed in record time and the first show went down on May 29, 1929.

Barcelona’s famous fountain continued shows well into the 1930’s until it was badly damaged during the Spanish Civil War. It remained out of operation until 1955 with Buigas overseeing the repairs.

The music/light choreography that we see today wasn’t added until the 1980’s. It wasn’t until the 1992 Summer Olympic Games that the Barcelona Magic Fountain was completely restored.

Today more than 2.5 million visitors take in the shows every year.

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Visiting the Barcelona Magic Fountain Hacks

  • Take the escalators behind the fountain up to a great panoramic view area of the city.
  • Earlier show times generally have smaller crowds.
  • If you’re taking the metro leave a few minutes early to avoid a huge rush of people.
  • Double check the times before going to ensure not missing your show.
  • Again, get there 30-60 minutes before desired show times to get the best spots.
  • There are 8 public toilets in a small building near the fountain (tip the woman).
  • Travel lightly and keep bags at front because the crowds attract pickpockets.

Please Soak Me in Commentary Below

OK, now you’re an expert on the Barcelona Magic Fountain show.

If I’ve left anything out be sure to ask me about it or anything else related to your Barcelona holiday in the comments below – and any comments you have to make this resource better would be greatly appreciated!

And don’t be afraid to join the Magic Fountain discussion by first giving me a like on Facebook and then joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travelers.

Anything goes!

75 comments
  • July 23, 2020 at 1:14 am
    Faye
    Hi will the magic fountain shows still be cancelled I am visiting on the 28th of august and was looking forward to seeing this
    • July 24, 2020 at 3:38 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Faye, As of now they're still suspended but as soon as there are any changes they should be updated on the official schedule site: https://www.barcelona.cat/en/what-to-do-in-bcn/magic-fountain/magic-fountains-show-times Cross your fingers they'll be running! Ash
  • July 18, 2020 at 8:57 pm
    Clarissa
    Hi is the magic fountain still closed? Myself and my partner will be visiting Barcelona for the third time in 2 years on 1st August - 12th August. This is one of our favourite things to visit. Thanks
    • July 21, 2020 at 10:03 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Clarissa, Unfortunately the shows are still suspended :( As soon as there are any changes they should be updated on the official schedule site: https://www.barcelona.cat/en/what-to-do-in-bcn/magic-fountain/magic-fountains-show-times We've all got our fingers crossed it'll be back soon! Ash
  • February 13, 2020 at 5:31 pm
    Kelly
    We will be in Barcelona In May 18-19 which is a Monday and Tuesday. Does the fountain show not run on those nights
    • February 14, 2020 at 10:18 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kelly, Indeed, if you consult the schedule above you'll see they don't run on Mondays or Tuesdays. Ash
  • February 5, 2020 at 11:55 pm
    Bing
    is there a show april 11 & 12 and what time please., thank you
    • February 6, 2020 at 10:43 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Bing, There is a show on April 11th from 21:00 to 22:00. Ash
  • December 19, 2019 at 5:49 pm
    Amarjit k.c.
    Hello, im visiting barcelona this 21 to 24 december, is there any water dancing show on this day... thank you
    • December 20, 2019 at 1:05 pm
      lucile
      Lucile
      Hola, There will be one show on the 21st, from 8pm to 9pm :) Check the schedule and choreographies here. Cheers, Lucile
  • November 18, 2019 at 9:34 pm
    José A. Romero Valverde
    This site is amazing! My family will be visiting Barcelona this year 23-26th Dec, I’m wondering if there will be a show on Christmas day (Dec 25th), Unfortunately none of this days will be Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
    • November 19, 2019 at 12:02 pm
      lucile
      Lucile
      Hola, Unfortunately, there is no show scheduled on December 25th... Cheers, Lucile
      • December 11, 2019 at 11:19 pm
        A Miller
        Hi, I'm also coming to Barcelona on these dates (23-26 Dec). Are there any shows on the 23rd or 24th? Thanks!
        • December 12, 2019 at 10:55 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi A, As noted above there are unfortunately no shows on either day :( Cheers, Ash
  • November 14, 2019 at 3:13 pm
    Astro
    Love your site! My family will be visiting Barcelona this year 22-25th Dec, I'm wondering if there will be a show on Christmas day the 25th Dec? Looking forward to your reply! Thanks heaps!
  • September 24, 2019 at 11:13 pm
    Kiana
    Your site is absolutely amazing!! I am loving it and learning so much as I plan my family's trip to Barcelona at the end of November. I have a quick question on this article, when you mention "grab a drink on the 8th floor terrace of Hotel Catalonia Plaza for a view without crowds" are you referring to "Catalonia Barcelona Plaza"? This is the closest match I can find but it looks to be about a 10 minute walk. As a side note is this a hotel/area you would recommend staying in with two kids (ages 1 and 3)? I haven't fully developed our itinerary yet and we are only there for 2 days so likely the Bus Touristic combined with 1 or 2 additional attractions (and the fountain show!) The kids will be up past bedtime to see the fountain show so I was thinking it might make sense to stay nearby to shuttle them off to bed quickly. Thank you for sharing your insight!
    • September 25, 2019 at 11:37 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kiana, Yes that's the one! I am not sure if they changed the name slightly but I will update the article accordingly. The area for me is fine for kids. I used to live right near. It'll be really convenient for airport transport, there are a few parks nearby including Montjuic, and it's safe. As for the hotel itself I haven't stayed there but I'd recommend just taking a look on Booking to see if it's good for kids... the review sections is searchable and you'll probably find all you need there. Cheers, Ash
      • September 25, 2019 at 11:42 am
        Kiana
        Thank you so much! We are looking forward to our trip!
        • September 26, 2019 at 11:16 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem at all, please let me know if you have any more questions :)
  • September 18, 2019 at 1:37 pm
    Charmaine Whelan
    Hiya, Myself and my boyfriend are travvelling to Barcelona for our first holiday on October 4th and i have planned day by day things to do ( Thanks to this website find ) :) I plan on going to see the fountain on Saturday night ans as we are staying in Carrer de Sicília and i was wondering Although its an hours walk ( We dont mind the walking ) Would it be safe to walk late at night from the fountain back to our hotel? Thanks in advance Charmaine :) Thanks fo
    • September 18, 2019 at 1:47 pm
      lucile
      Lucile
      Hi Charmaine, On a Saturday night, Barcelona's streets should be pretty busy, if you stay on the main street (Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes) it would be safe. If you feel unsafe, it's easy and cheap to take a taxi ;) Cheers, Lucile
  • August 15, 2019 at 5:40 pm
    Liezl Louw
    It is assumption day in spain today - will the fountain shows continue tonight?
    • August 16, 2019 at 10:03 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Apologies for the late response! But yes... there was a show ;)
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