Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
A spectacle of music, light and colour
The Magic Fountain, located at the bottom of Montjuïc Mountain, has become one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions, thanks to its exhibition of music, light and colour. Both locals and visitors gather around it to enjoy a hypnotic spectacle of water choreography.
Why visit the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc?
Located between the Palau Nacional and Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina it was built for the 1929 Universal Exposition by the engineer Carles Buïgas. It was not until the 1980s that it incorporated music, and for the Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games it was completely restored. In recent years, the fountain has committed to sustainability, replacing its classic lighting with LED technology and incorporating the use of phreatic water.
The lighting and hydraulic elements of the Magic Fountain produce some seven billion viable combinations of water and light. Every day, at different times, some 2,600 litres of water per second dance to the rhythm of all types of songs, including Disney melodies, classical music, soundtracks and hits from the 1980s and 1990s. Its main song, however, is "Barcelona", the anthem of Barcelona ’92, which was performed by Freddie Mercury and the Catalan soprano Montserrat Caballé at the fountain.
For the most curious of you
- Did you know? Every year, the Magic Fountain is the place chosen to host Piromusical, the final act of Barcelona’s biggest festival.
- Local’s tip: Take into account that depending on the time of year the fountain operates at different times.
- A must: To enjoy a special night in the open air with your loved ones.