Spectacular show of light, music - and water!
Designed for the 1929 Universal Exhibition by the engineer Carles Buigas, the Magic Fountain of Barcelona was restored in 1992 for the Olympic Games and has proved a popular attraction ever since.
This huge fountain bubbles and bursts, spews and spouts cascades of water in a sensational show set to music and lit by every colour of the rainbow. Thousands of people gather each night during summer to enjoy the spectacle, sitting on the many steps that lead up to the MNAC museum and watching the sunset from the vantage point of Montjuic mountain, under which the Magic Fountain sits.
It’s not highbrow culture, but it is a lot of fun, and on a warm evening in particular the atmosphere is great.
Magic Fountain Show Times
The operating hours of the fountain varies depending on the year, with five shows a night every Thursday to Sunday inclusive from May to September, taking place at 9pm, 9:30pm, 10pm, 10:30pm and 11pm.
From October to March the fountain operates just on Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm and 8:30pm.
Each show lasts 15 minutes.
Do I Need Tickets?
The Magic Fountain shows are completely free to attend.
So no need for any tickets, just turn up.
How Do I Get There?
Easy, just hop on the metro to Plaça Espanya station, which is on both the green and the red lines. After that you will see two massive Venetian style towers, flanking a wide boulevard that leads up to the Palau Nacional on Montjuic (home of the MNAC museum). You will find the Magic Fountain at the foot of the hill. During the day the fountain is dormant, so you will need to time your visit for a show if you want to see it in action.
Keep reading for our article on romantic things to do in the city, or check out our full list of suggestions of what to do in Barcelona by night. From the opera to champagne boat parties, we’ve got plenty of great ideas for you!