Let the might and precision of the waterworks take your breath away at a free show that has been presented regularly since 1929.
When the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc was first proposed, in 1928, people thought it was impossible. Not only was it on a scale that had never been seen before, harnessing new technologies, but it was also built in only a few months, just in time for the International Exhibition of 1929. Even today, it baffles the imagination, spurting 690 gallons (2,600 liters) of water a second through 3,620 jets to create a show perfectly timed to music. As the sun goes down, join the crowds that surround the structure and watch as everyone’s face lights up with childlike glee.
Show up early to get a good viewing spot and join in the almost carnival-like atmosphere that pervades the whole area on nights when the fountain is in operation. Enjoy the neighborhood’s many attractions or purchase drinks and snacks from nearby shops and watch the fountain flow from a spot nearby. Feel the excitement begin to rise as the sun goes down and families arrive for the night’s first show.
If possible, take the time to watch two cycles, which each last about 20 minutes. Experience the first one from up close. You might get splashed but this is the perfect way to get a sense of the sheer power of the machinery. Watch as lights and jets pulse in time to a variety of soundtracks. For the second show, head up the stairs and view the full effect from afar, where the show truly feels like magic.
Find the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc at the foot of Montjuïc Hill, southwest of Barcelona’s city center. Walk here in a few minutes from Plaça d’Espanya, one of Barcelona’s biggest transportation hubs, making it easy to reach from various parts of the city. Take the subway from central Barcelona or drive in 15 minutes. Parking in the area is limited, but there are a few metered garages within walking distance.
The fountain’s shows take place on weekend evenings after sunset, at half-hour intervals. Hours are extended during summer. The fountain closes for maintenance in January and February. Viewing is free.