As well as being one of Barcelona’s most characteristic sights, the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is also one of Montjuïc’s main tourist attractions. Designed by the Catalan architect Carles Buïgas, it was commissioned to celebrate the International Exhibition of 1929, as were so many of the city’s most emblematic buildings and monuments.
Also simply referred to as ‘Font de Montjuïc’ or ‘Fountain of Montjuïc’, music was added to the light show in the 1980s; this attracted even more tourists and made the spectacle even more impressive. There are a variety of choreographed shows, in which the lights change colour in time to the music, and also in time to the changes in the various effects of the fountains.
The magic fountain shows are something that you really shouldn’t miss out on when you come to Barcelona. Even the locals in Barcelona take time to go to see them when they are in the area. The shows are in the open air and are completely free, so we do recommend that they are well worth a visit.
2020 timetables shows
|TIME OF YEAR||DAYS OF THE WEEK|
|7th January – 4th March||NB there are no shows at this time of year|
|4th March – 31st March||Thursday, friday and saturday|
|1st April – 31st May||Thursday, friday and saturday|
|1st June – 30th September||From Wednesday to Sunday|
|1st October – 31st October||Thursday, friday and saturday|
|1st November – 5th January||Thursday, friday and saturday|
* Except December 28th.
As you will see, on days that the Magic Fountain is operating there are several shows, each lasting 15 minutes, so if the first show that you see isn’t to your taste, you might like to wait for the next one, especially as the music is very varied. Many visitors make an evening of it, often staying for two or three shows.
Barcelona’s Montjuïc Magic Fountain is the setting for New Year’s Eve in Barcelona. For this event, and as could not be any other way, the Montjuïc Fountains themselves have a leading role thanks to a show that takes place during this very special night. In addition, another series of proposals are offered (from 9.30pm) and the final show, which culminates with spectacular fireworks, begins a few minutes before midnight (11.30pm – 11.45pm).
We recommend that you go to the Magic Fountain towards the start of the shows as the sun sets, and perhaps take a picnic with drinks to accompany your trip. You can find a good spot to set up nearby, on a bench or steps, if you’re lucky away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the tourists. The Magic Fountain, with its varied shows at regular intervals, makes a great backdrop, and you’ll hear all the different music. When you’ve finished your meal you could wander past the fountain in order to get a different perspective now that the sky is completely dark.
pl. Carles Buïgas 1, Barcelona.
You can see the timetable of shows above.
The Magic Fountain shows are free to attend and you don’t need to book in advance.
How to get there
Metro: Espanya (lines 1 and 3).
Buses: lines 9, 13, 23, 37, 50, 55, 65, 79, 91, 109, 150, 165, H12 and tourist bus.
Renfe: Espanya station.
By foot: The Magic Fountain is situated at the base of Montjuïc, and it’s possible to walk there from the Poble Sec or Montjuïc areas.