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
Update (1-11-23): In an effort to save water the Magic Fountain has been temporarily closed by the city of Barcelona. No word on any re-opening yet, but I’ll have this updated as soon as I know.
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 2022:
- Ornamental only (no music and lights): Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- Fountain Show with Music and Lights: June to September (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday) from 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm. October 1st to 10th (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm. December 22nd to March 31st 2023 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Magic Fountain is closed between October 11 to Dec 21 for maintenance.
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 of Barcelona’s Magic Fountain
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 to the Font Magica
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.
Things to Do Near the Magic Fountain
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.
Where to Eat Near the Magic Fountain in Barcelona
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 a fish lover, just 5 minutes from the Magic Fountain is Pulperia A’Gudina (Carrer d’Entença 2) – a historic Barcelona restaurant that mainly serves fish tapas, typical Galician dishes, and Iberian sausage.
As the name of the restaurant says, they are famous for pulpo a la gallega, a traditional dish with octopus, olive oil, rock salt, and paprika.
Another place to eat near the Barcelona Magic Fountain is the high quality hamburgeseria called Ruar Street Food Barcelona (Av del Paral-lel, 172). Expect all your favourite sandwiches and burgers here in gourmet mode.
In the mood for Japanese? Then look no further than Restaurante Dumplings at Carrer del Príncep Jordi 6. It’s one of the best sushi spots in town. Don’t be put off by the simple decor – this restaurant packs a punch.
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.
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.
Visiting the Magic Fountain in Barcelona?
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