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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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Get a paella tasting menu at the legendary Bodega Joan!

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!

71 comments
  • May 5, 2019 at 11:38 pm
    Debra Carlson
    Hi Ash! Love this site, so very informative! My friend and i will be taking in the fountain show, and we want to know if it is safe enough to be walking back to our hotel, H10 Universitat, on Ronde Universitat close to Place Catalunya. Thanks in advance! Deb
    • May 6, 2019 at 12:29 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Debra, Thank you so much for the kind words :) My short answer is: of course! I'm not sure what you've read about this area but especially if you take Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes on the way back (a straight shot and a big street) it's almost impossible you'll run into anything seedy. Ash
  • April 21, 2019 at 1:27 pm
    Nick
    Hi I am looking to visit the magic fountains in August with my wife and 3 kids. We are staying near las ramblas, do you think the best way to get back would be via public transport or taxi? Thanks Nick
    • April 22, 2019 at 8:35 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Nick, A taxi would be fairly cheap and quick though the metro is also a decent option (from Espanya to Liceu for example with the green line)... obviously for the metro for 4 people the prices depend. If you have kids under 4 they ride free so would make it much cheaper. If they're over 4 you'll be paying around €8.00 for the 4 individual tickets so the price difference with taxi is negligible. Ash
  • April 20, 2019 at 6:46 pm
    Betsy Schwartz
    My friend and I are doing the cable car from Barcelonetta to the castle at Montjuic. We will be in Barcelona between May 11 and May 15 and we already have your online tickets for the cable car. Can we see the magic fountain if we are there or is it not nearby? Thanks.
    • April 21, 2019 at 10:35 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Betsy, Yes indeed, the Magic Fountain is situated at the foot of the other side of Montjuic. From the castle it would be about a 30 minute downhill walk... totally doable! :) Ash
  • April 7, 2019 at 8:04 pm
    Tracy Amos
    Hi Ash, I am going on holiday to Malgrat de Mar Sunday 15th September 2019 to Wednesday 25th September 2019. Can you tell me what nights the magic fountain is open please and what times. Thank you in advance Tracy
    • April 8, 2019 at 2:40 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Tracy, From June 1 – September 30 the fountain show will be running from 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm from Wednesday to Sunday. :) Ash
  • February 18, 2019 at 11:55 pm
    Becky
    Is it worth going to the fountain if you can't go for a show?
    • February 19, 2019 at 10:40 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Becky, If I were in the area and wanted to do a little visit to Montjuic or Plaza Espanya and one of the nearby museums like MNAC I would definitely check it out, though if not I wouldn't consider it essential viewing. Ash
  • January 25, 2019 at 4:38 am
    Nan
    Thank you so much for all this information. Per your link for showtimes. I just want to make sure I have this right. The showtimes do not start till 9:30pm? De l'1 de juny, al 30 de setembre De dimecres a diumenges de 21:30h a 22:30h Amb música i color: 21.30 h / 22 h Nan
    • January 25, 2019 at 8:46 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Nan, Yes indeed, the show starts at 9:30... seems late but by Spanish standards this is super early ;) Ash
  • November 3, 2018 at 12:28 pm
    Ana from travelguaplous.com
    Hi Ash, really enjoyed your post on the Magic Fountain. I am a starting blogger myself and currently live in Barcelona. I am currently writing a post about this amazing city and stumbled upon your info, of course. Very informative. Will be adding as a link to my blog. Keep up the great work!!
    • November 5, 2018 at 8:26 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Thank you so much Ana! a great honour :) I have checked out your blog and am impressed with the content... keep up the good work.
  • September 19, 2018 at 7:31 pm
    Deb Orley
    Do you know if the Magic Fountains will be running on Sat October 20th, 2018? I went to the link you have for the times, and I don't think it is running past Sept 30? Thanks
    • September 20, 2018 at 6:52 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Sorry Deb, I thought you were asking about a Sunday! For Saturdays in October you are definitely good to go :)
    • September 20, 2018 at 6:52 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Deb, If you re-read it I think you'll see that it does run in October though unfortunately only Thursday to Saturday, so you won't be able to attend on a Sunday. Ash
  • August 24, 2018 at 8:15 am
    Gas Salameh
    Hi We are staying in Ohla Exiemple hotel - do you think it is a good spot and what restaurant do you recommend. Also what nearby Tapas place you also recommend. Appreciate giving us few tapas name and good wine because we do speak any Spanish
    • August 24, 2018 at 11:40 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Gas, You're staying in a very central area that has access to some great stuff, restaurants included. Some great spots nearby for Spanish food would be Cerveceria Catalana, Bodega Joan, or El Nacional. I've got a great list of some local foods you can try here: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/what-to-eat-in-barcelona/ I have never heard of any restaurant not having English menus so I wouldn't worry at all about needing Spanish. I'm a big fan of pulpo gallego (octopus), patatas bravas (fried potatoes with a spicy sauce), and albondigas (a type of meatball in tomato sauce). This should get you off on the right foot! Ash
  • May 24, 2018 at 10:32 pm
    Iveta
    hi, Last year we enjoyed Barcelona so much and we thought we will go back this year. I have even talked my mum to come with us for few days. Mum really would like to see fountain, however we have seem to have an issue. we are staying in Santa Susanna, we are travelling in June, show finishes at 10.30 but the last train back to Santa Susanna is 22.47. we wont make it! last year there were lots of busses with loads of tourists. but i can find any that would offer this as part of their tour so they can take us back comfortably without making my mum leave early and then rush to the train station that isnt that close. I just wondered if anyone knows who can explain better or knows of tour operator who will offer this sort of thing? Many thanks in advance.
    • May 25, 2018 at 9:16 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Iveta, Don't worry about a thing because the time frame I am referring to above refers to multiple shows in 30 minute intervals. So if you see the first show from 2130-2200 you'll have 47 minutes to walk to Sants Estacio to get your train to Santa Susanna... the walk can be done in 20-25 minutes, leaving you ample time to get the train back. Hope this helps :) Ash
      • May 25, 2018 at 10:12 am
        Iveta
        Hey thanks for that! I thought that the show is 1 hr long not 30 minutes! We thought that the only train back we have to take is from Catalunya which is a bit far but actually you are saying we can take it from Sants Estacio too ;)
        • May 25, 2018 at 10:19 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem Iveta... things can get a bit confusing! Sants is the main train station in the city so it's connected to everything, and you'll get there in plenty of time. Enjoy :)
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