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.
Since its inauguration, the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc has become a symbol of Barcelona that illuminates the Catalan capital with its lights and jets of water dancing to the rhythm of the music during the most important events celebrated there.
The show of the fountains took place during the 1992 Olympic Games and from then on, during the most important celebrations of Barcelona such as La Mercè, a Catalan festivity of great significance for the residents of the city. In fact, during the high season, which coincides mainly with summer, the fountain is kept running to please visitors.
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
Fountains of Montjuïc hours
If you visit the Fountain of Montjuïc during the day, all you'll see is a large fountain. Still, it's a good time to take advantage of the daylight hours and stroll through the Sants-Montjuïc area that stretches from Montjuïc Mountain to the coast. Some of the attractions close to the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc that you can visit are: Montjuïc Mountain, the National Museum of Art of Catalonia and Poble Espanyol.
Before nightfall, we recommend visiting the Magic Fountain to watch the scheduled fountain of light, water and music show. There are 15 different shows to enjoy.
At this time, the music will start and the fountain will light up in different colours and shades as the water begins dancing to the rhythm of the melody. Take the opportunity to enjoy the show and record videos and take photos as souvenirs.
Entry to the fountain of colours show is free and open. However, depending on the time of year, hours may vary. The shows last between 10 and 15 minutes.
There are usually two performances a day. Depending on the season, they take place from Wednesday to Sunday or Thursday to Saturday in two time slots. During the winter, from the beginning of January to the middle of February, the fountain is not in operation.
Given that it's a highly popular tourist attraction, we suggest arriving on time to find the best spot to watch the show.
All the information about the hours of the Fountains of Montjuïc, how to get there and more information about its history, operation and environmental sustainability are available on the official web page of the Barcelona City Council.
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. Check the different show times on the Barcelona City Council website.
- A must: To enjoy a special night in the open air with your loved ones.