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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!

75 comments
  • 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 :)
  • May 6, 2018 at 11:15 pm
    Janice
    Hi Ash, after booking tickets through ticketbar from your website (which is amazing let me add) I received an email with the following on; ATTENTION: THIS IS NOT YOUR TICKET. YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR VOUCHER WITH SPECIFIC DETAILS FROM OUR PARTNER TGI CITY TOURS LATEST 5 DAYS BEFORE YOUR TOUR. YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR VOUCHER ON TIME AND YOU WILL NOT NEED TO PRINT IT TO BE ABLE TO DO THE TOUR. I thought that the email would be the ticket as you have stated on the website. Can you clarify this please. Thanks Janice
    • May 7, 2018 at 9:21 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Janice, Thanks so much for the kudos and I am glad I can help you plan your holiday! Without knowing which specific tickets you ordered I can't comment, but please know that this is common practice while the company grabs your spots for certain tours. For instance the City Pass is emailed out within 24 hours of purchase. You'll typically just get a purchase receipt and then the tickets some time later. Not to worry however, I haven't heard of anybody not receiving their tickets! It's all part of the process. Ash
      • May 7, 2018 at 11:10 am
        Janice
        Thanks Ash, you have put my mind at rest. We will be flying out on Friday for a weekend and visiting Sagrada Familia on Saturday then on to the Grand Prix on Sunday. Your website certainly helps to get the most out of a weekend! Thanks again Janice
        • May 7, 2018 at 2:45 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Great! That's why I'm here :) Any more questions fire away. And most of all enjoy your holiday! Ash
  • April 13, 2018 at 3:45 am
    Justiceluv1
    This is an amazing website. And YOU are amazing for putting this together. I wish this was an app! Love it!
    • April 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Lusticeluv1! Thanks so much for the kind words, perhaps I'll consider an app in the future :) Ash
  • March 29, 2018 at 11:43 pm
    Alaina
    Hi, I’m cominng to Barcelona for the first time, April 15-April 18th. According to the schedule you posted above- I don’t think I’ll be able to view the show. Is that correct? Thanks, Alaina
    • March 30, 2018 at 12:12 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Alaina, Yes, bad timing! :( Unfortunately you've booked all the nights where they won't be showing it. Ash
      • March 30, 2018 at 12:14 am
        Alaina
        Ugh bummer! It’s a company trip. So could be worse, guess I’ll skip out on the fountain. Thanks for the help!!
  • December 2, 2017 at 3:46 am
    Michael
    We will visit Barcelona between 10th and 13th Feb, 2018. We plan to watch the show on 10th, Feb. I can not find the maintenance inforamtion on the official website. Is the show still open on that day?
    • December 2, 2017 at 8:11 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Michael, Unfortunately as with every year this is the period that it is closed for maintenance: It shows here: http://lameva.barcelona.cat/en/what-to-do-in-bcn/magic-fountain/magic-fountains-show-times That it's closed between January 6th and February 16th. Regards, Ash
  • September 21, 2017 at 8:54 pm
    Jemma
    Hi Ash, Just wondering if you could clarify something. I am visiting on Saturday 30th-2nd October but the fountain times are conflicting. It says up until 30th September it runs Wednesday-Sunday 9.30 & 10. But from 1st October Thursday-Saturday 9 & 9.30. I was actually hoping to go on Sunday 1st but i'm confused whether it is open or not? Your info is the same as the website so have had no luck looking there either. Also I was thinking of having dinner in Montjuic that night as well is there anywhere you would recommend nearby? Thanks! Jemma
    • September 22, 2017 at 2:34 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Jemma, Unfortunately October 1st is the start of the autumn season and thus Sundays are a no go for the Magic Fountain Show. You'll have to try and go on the Saturday I'm afraid. For dinner on Monjuic I always recommend Restaurante Martinez for a good paella and tapas. You could also try nearby L'Amfora which offers great Spanish food. Another thing is you could head down the hill to Calle Blai and check out a place called La Tasqueta del Blai - it's more based on tiny pintxos but it's cheap and super authentic. Anyway, if Spanish is your thing let me know what you're looking for and I'll come back with some different recommendations. Hope all goes well :) Ash
  • May 10, 2017 at 10:58 pm
    Moe
    Hi Ash, It's Mo again. I looked at the schedule for this month(May) and it says that there are shows on Thursdays. In your article it doesn't say so. Can you please confirm if there is? Thanks!
    • May 11, 2017 at 9:59 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi again Moe! My mistake - it seems as though they've indeed added a Thursday showing to the schedule. Thanks for pointing this out, I will update it immediately. Ash
  • January 21, 2017 at 10:18 am
    Iulia
    Hello! I am visiting Bracelona from 8 Febr to 15 Febr and I heard that the fountains will not work until 18 February :( :( . It is that true? Thank you!
    • January 21, 2017 at 3:56 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Iulia, Yes, I can confirm that the fountains are closed for maintenance until February 19 :( If you're looking for some other free things to do that could be equally stimulating I'd suggest taking a look at the Sunday free museum days (bottom of the post): https://www.barcelonahacks.com/museums/ The list of free museums for February 12 should be good - the CCCB is a personal favourite of mine. OK, thanks for writing... let me know if you need any more help on your holiday! Ash
  • December 12, 2016 at 12:39 am
    Anthony Rodriguez
    Ash: I'm planning on being in Barcelona on New Year's Eve and I wanted to check out the Magic Fountain to ring in the new year. I read somewhere that the Hotel Catalonia has an 8th floor terrace that looks over the Magic Fountain and I thought that would be a nice spot to celebrate. Do you know if the hotel requires tickets to be purchased to view from the 8th floor on New Year's Eve? Thanks for all the info and this great site!
    • December 13, 2016 at 1:17 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Anthony, Thanks for the kudos on the site, it's comments like this that make it worthwhile :) As far as I know it's usually a ticket or set menu type thing. I've been looking all over their site but haven't found any information... I've sent them an email for any further info. You'll be the first to hear! I'll be in touch when they are. Ashley
      • December 17, 2016 at 6:53 pm
        Anthony
        Hi Ash, just wanted to follow up and see if you heard anything back from Hotel Catalonia. Thanks in advance.
        • December 18, 2016 at 4:59 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Anthony, They still haven't got back to me. Not sure what the deal is really - the weird thing is there's no mention of anything on the events page of the hotel website nor anything on Facebook. Another thing you may want to check out is the Las Arenas shopping centre across the street (it used to be an old bullfighting ring and the architecture is really cool)... at the top is a great view with 6-7 restaurants. Some of them might have New Year's menus there (I have looked at a few websites and seen nothing however). A tip: if you go up just take the escalators inside, the elevator up will cost you and is a bit of a scam. Apologies I can't tell you much more :( If they get back to me from the hotel you'll be the first to know! Ashley
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