Magical Fountain in Montjuïc

  • Open Air

A spectacular display of color, light, motion, music and water acrobatics that get mixed together to create colorful choreographies.

Basic Info
Plaça de Carles Buigas, 1
L1 (Red) & L3 (Green): Espanya
Depending on season, check website
www.bcn.es/fontmagica

The Magic Fountain was built on the occasion of the International Exhibition of 1929, during the development of the hill. The fountain is the main element of a set of lightshows, fountains, waterfalls and lakes that begins at the National Palace and flows down the Avenue Maria Cristina to Plaza Espanya. The project was commissioned to architect and engineer Carles Buïgas, who had to overcome the reluctance of the authorities of the time, with many calling the plan too ambitious. The building works lasted nearly a year, and employed more than 3,000 workers.

The Magic Fountain is elliptical, and measures 65 meters long by 59 wide. In total, may contain more than 3 million liters of water, divided between its three concentric levels at different heights and more than 30 water jets of different power and sizes. The show of light and color is achieved thanks to 120 stained glass prisms, that still are moved and controlled by the 1929 original engine.

During the Spanish Civil War, the fountain was badly damaged and was out of work until 1955, when it was repaired again by Carles Buïgas. In subsequent rehabilitation and improvement works, music was added to the spectacle, and occasion of the 1992 Olympic Games facilities were modernized to provide higher power source and optimize water and energy consumption.

To enjoy the music and light show at the Magic Fountain, which is free, you have to keep in mind that the schedule is tailored to the seasons. So, from October to April the musical choreographies are Fridays and Saturdays from 19h to 21h. Starting in May, the show happens to be 21h to 23h, and it is extended to Thursdays and Sundays. It is important to remember that in January and February the fountain remains stopped for maintenance.

Reviews
  • Lugar mágico

    Lugar excepcionalmente hermoso, yo quede encantada. Vista panorámicas, lugar para reflexionar y pensar en un día cualquier, lugar que aporta mucha paz.

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  • Hermoso

    Las fuentes de Montjuic es un lugar magico, un hermoso espectáculo que vale la pena! Usualmente aprovecho y antes o después del espectáculo visito Carrer de Blai donde hay muchos lugares para tapear :-)

    Tripadvisor
  • Increible

    Se hace los jueves, viernes y sabados. El horario hay que revisarlo en la web ya que va cambiando por la epoca del año. Hay que ir una hora antes para tener un buen lugar si queremos estar cuando arranca pero a los 20 minutos hay recambio de gente asi que pueden tener buenos lugares.

    Tripadvisor
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Areas of barcelona Sants-Montjuïc

Sants-Montjuïc, located on the southern end of the city, is Barcelona’s largest district, abutting the municipalities El Hospitalet de Llobregat and El Prat del Llobregat. It comprises various neighborhoods, each with its own character, like the formerly industrial areas of Sants, Hostafrancs, Poble-sec, and La Bordeta, as well as the port area and the Zona Franca Customs Authority. And it’s home to one of Barcelona’s most popular green spaces, the mountain of Montjuïc, crowned by a castle that defended the city’s coast in times past.

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