Magic Fountain, Barcelona
If you are staying overnight in Barcelona, the top of your must-see list should be the Magic Fountain. It’s spectacular by day, but by nightfall it’s a real delight.
The Magic Fountain is located at the top of Avenida Maria Cristina in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona. Your nearest Metro station is Plaça Espanya.
It hold the perfect combination of lights, music and water movement within its half hourly evening shows. The shows run Friday and Saturday, every half an hour, from 7pm to 9pm in autumn and winter. In spring and summer, the shows will run on Thursday to Sunday, from 9pm to 11.30pm. Generally there are no shows in January to mid-February.
Originally the Magic Fountain was built for the 1929 World Fair by Carles Buïgas. The original fountain did not use music, this was added on in the 1980 and then the fountain was revamped before the 1992 Olympic Games.
The Magic Fountain is located in front of the Palau Nacional (National Palace) which is the home to the Art Museum of Catalonia. It provides a breath-taking backdrop. The surrounding grounds of the Museum are lovely and well worth a walk around. You can get some stunning views from the top of the steps. We didn’t go inside the museum, but it may be worth a visit if you are interested in Catalan art.
The fountain is free to visit, as are the evening shows. When we visited during the day, the area leading up to the museum and fountain had become the finish line for one of Barcelona’s 10km charity runs. What a great place to finish a race. I would definitely visit the Magic Fountain again when in Barcelona. The show was one of my trip highlights.
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