Magic Fountain of Montjuïc in Barcelona

Magic fountain

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is a well-known complex for its water music show. It is internationally recognized as the city symbol of Barcelona. More than seven billion combinations of light and water could be made, receiving almost three million visitors each year. If you are planning on visiting Barcelona, this attraction must be on the checklist. 

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The show in Magic Fountain by X. Tan | flickr

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc was proposed in 1928 by a Catalan architecture Carles Buigas as a project for the International Exhibition in 1929. Most people thought that he was a daydreamer and that the Magic Fountain could not be done in a year. With the effort of more than three thousand workers, the Magic Fountain is completed in less than a year, much to many people's surprise. 

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The Magic Fountain during daytime by Mark Higham | flickr

From the beginning, the fountain amazed people with its illuminated feature. Unfortunately, it was not operated until 1955 due to the damage consequence of Spanish Civil War. After that, it is repaired, restored and added music. Together with the illuminated water system, the combination of the fountain in music has brought many experiences for local people and attracts more visitors. 

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Dancing water in Magic Fountain by Liviu Ghemaru | flickr

The first show was on May 19, 1929, a day before the beginning of International Exhibition. The fountain usually hosts two 15-minute shows on the program days. Please visit the official website for more details. 

Tips: Head to the Magic fountain before sunset, find a good spot which is close to the fountain so that you can enjoy the sound system better. Different music style would be played so if one show does not satisfy you, relax for a while and wait for the next show. 

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The crowd watching the illuminated music water show by Fnikos | flickr

The Magic Fountain is located on Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, in Montjuïc district, near Plaça d'Espanya, National Art Museum of Catalonia, Poble Espanyol and the re-erected The Four Columns (Les Quatre Columnes). It is easy to reach here with metro L1, L3, bus 55 and tourist bus. 


If you are visiting Barcelona, do not miss this amazing sightseeing. This is Plaza España Balconies apartment, one of our apartment in Habitat Apartments, which is just 900 meters from the Magic Fountain. The apartment offers two bedrooms, a large and comfortable living room with great balconies, open plan fully equipped kitchen and one complete bathroom with shower – a perfect option for vacation with families or group of friends. 

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Only 10-minute walking from the apartment is the Magic Fountain with splendid musical light and water shows. Book a night at Plaza España Balconies apartment with us!


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