Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Updated Jul 21 2023

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.

Information, dates and timetables shows of the Fountain of Montjuïc

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.

2023 timetables shows of the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Magic Fountain out of service during the summer of 2023

The Magic Fountain shows have been suspended due to the drought situation.

7th January – 4th MarchNB there are no shows at this time of year
– – –
4th March – 31st MarchThursday, friday and saturday
20:00 – 21:00
1st April – 31st MayThursday, friday and saturday
21:00 – 22:00
1st June – 30th SeptemberFrom Wednesday to Sunday
21:30 – 22:30
1st October – 31st OctoberThursday, friday and saturday
21:00 – 22:00
1st November – 5th January* Thursday, friday and saturday
20:00 – 21:00

* Except December 28th


These are the official times of the shows, but they are subject to change without notice for logistical reasons (it’s very likely that the show will go ahead on 25th and 26th December and on 1st January, even if they don’t fall on Fridays or Saturdays).

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.

Setting for New Year’s Eve
Barcelona New Year’s Eve

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).

Our recommendation

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.

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Operating timetable

You can see the timetable of shows above.

Entry price

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.

Nearby places of interest

MNAC Barcelona
Viewpoint Mirador de l’Alcalde
Montjuïc Castle
Palauet Albéniz (Mansion)
Palau Sant Jordi

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