This is a very nice display of the fountains that anchor the Olympic complex by Pl Espana. It is a series of fountains stretching about two long blocks and ending at a huge fountain complex at the foot of MNAC-National Museum of Art. CArles Buigas designed these fountains for the 1929 Great Universal Exhibition. It got completed in one year and became the spectacular feature for the event. It took 3000 workers one year to complete.
The fountains even today are impressive, and have a variety of water acrobatics, and in evenings color lights and Music plays. In current day times, the fountains only operate every two hours for a ten minute period.
On the day we visited, in October, we were lucky that we arrived early. We were able to find a place to sit on the steps below the museum which gives a good view of the fountain. Also it gave us the opportunity to see the fountain in the daytime and as it faded into night where the display has lights added to the water and music.
By the way if you can see those two brick red towers in the background, the building just behind them is (or was) our hotel, the Hotel Espanya Catalania.
By daytime you can enjoy the display of the water and music with the background of the MNAC
(Museum National Art Catalanya), or the city of Barcelona. Our hotel was on Espanya Square, just a few hundred meters away. You can take the Metro L1 (red line) to Espanya station and walk from there.
We sat on the steps of the museum and enjoyed several hours of music and water. Pay attention to the operating hours that I have copied from the offical site. We visited in October so it operates only 2 hours on Friday and Saturday.
The Operating hours -
from 30th April to 30th September:Thursday to Sunday, 9pm – 11:30pm
Musical displays: 9pm, 9:30pm, 10pm, 10:30pm and 11pm
from 1st October to 30th April: Fridays and Saturdays, 7pm – 9pm
Christmas and Easter: Thursday to Sunday, 7pm – 9pm
Musical displays: 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm and 8:30pm
Head down to Montjuïc and watch Font Magica de Montjuïc. It's such a refreshing sight as the waters come to life, blazed by different colours of lighting effects, while enjoying the chilly breeze of Barcelona. It's free!
There may be many other beautiful fountains all over the world, many with light and color and even motion, but this one is the oldest one of its type. This amazing fountain, or better said, set of fountains, cascades and jets, were built as part of the stetting of the Great Universal Exhibition of 1929. It was restored before the Olympics of 1992
It seems that the Exhibition’s organizers felt that it needed something special to attract people’s attention and to distinguish their Exhibition above others. Carles Buigas submitted his project for a “colossal, daring and costly piece of work”. The project was so unexpected and stunning that it was even branded by some as madness. But even most amazing is how fast they could build it: In less than a year (more than 3,000 workers involved!)
Technically is an amazing engineer and physics project, apart of its beautiful results as artwork. Buigas discovered that the light should be concentrated so as to avoid larger beams obscuring smaller ones. Light would no longer be used only to illuminate the night, but rather to embellish it too.
Part of the cascades and fountains were removed after the Exhibition, but we still can enjoy its major works of water, light and color: to the four cascades and the large jet.
You can se more pics at my Font Màgica travelogue
But you have to be there, pics do not make justice
Maria Cristina Axis Opening Hours:
Winter: (October to April)
Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Music sessions: 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM
Summer: (May to September)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
This is truly a magic place! A fountain built for the Great Universal Exhibition of 1929 by Carles Buigas. It dances to the beautiful music, arranged to go in several sets of half hour each, featuring ballroom, latino, pop, rock, opera and classical music.
It is difficult to put into words the effect the water makes in combination with color, light and sound, but the result is always the same: a large crowd cheering and applauding - to a fountain.
I recommend it to everyone, young or old, it's a must see!
Winter: (October to April)
Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 9pm
Music sessions: 7PM 7:30 PM 8PM 8:30 PM
Summer: (May to September)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8pm to midnight
The fountains were first opened as part of the Great Universal Exhibition in May 19th. 1929. three thousand workers worked for one year on this project. Add the elements , colour, light, motion, water acrobatics and music together and you get a very magical experience. Truely uplifting and sustinance for the soul.
Winter opening times October - April - Friday & Saturday 7.00 pm - 9.00pm
Summer opening times May - September Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8.00pm - 12.00am
Entrance is free = so go and be enchanted with the wonderful colours and inspiring music you won't be disappointed
The fountain is situated below the Palau Nacional on the Montjuïc hill and near the Plaça d'Espanya. The fountain, like most of the surrounding developments, was constructed for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition.
We went to watch the magic fountain show in the evening which lasts for 15 minutes or half an hour along several music. Reminds me of a similar one in Singapore. The water dancing in exploding colours and laser lights.
The Magic Fountain , situated on Montjuic, offers a nice display of light, water and music, similar with the one offered by Krizik's fountain in Prague.
The show runs every thirty minutes. The start and end date depend on the time of the year, but the best time to see the fountain is after the sunset. Anyway,I think it is more pleasant to watch it on a summer evening than in December:)
There is nothing that can be said that can describe this attraction. But don't leave Barcelona without seeing it. It really is magical.
The people say "A picture's worth a thousand words", therefore, I believe I’ve said a lot with my pictures :)
There are VERY FEW TOILETS. These are situated at the side or rear of the cafe kiosks and GET VERY BUSY - particularly the ladies.
Do not drink a lot beforehand and "go" before you arrive!
If you do need the loo, try walking to the other end of Plaça d'Espanya to one of the hotels.
Any visitor to Barcelona ought to go to fountains at placa espanya. On thursday-saturday nights, the fountains are illuminated by a light show accomapnied by classical music (the fountains move and colors change in time with the music). Bring a picnic dinner or dessert, a jug of sangria (or, in my broke, un-classy style: a box of sangria) or a few beers, and your childhood fantasy of dancing in the moonlight with your honey to classical music and fountain-light shows (if you didn't have this childhood fantasy, just relive mine...). Don't forget a jacket on chilly nights. Bring your sense of humor as street vendors abound, trying to tempt you with seizure-inducing, flashing...things....remote control kittens, keychains, etc etc. This is the perfect way to begin a night on the town or to wind down from a busy day of travel.
Plato was right when he said that music was divine, it reaches to the deepest roots of the soul. He would have flipped out if he saw the water and lights synchronized to music! And not any music, but the best music - classical and opera. Seriously, I almost cried when I watched this.
If you go to Barcelona, definitely see this.... there is nothing else like it. When I went on a Friday night, the show started around 11pm. / 23:00.
The Magic Fountain of Montjuic was created for some big exhibition in 1929. Folks around town thought it never could be done and certainly not in time for the big fair. Carles Buigas, the creator, had 3000 folks helping him and the fountain was made inside a year. It is a very colourful display of light, water, and motion as the water moves to classical tunes. Javier took me here my second night in Barcelona in July, 1990. In the wintertime, the fountain goes from 7-9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. In the summertime it goes 8pm-midnight Thursdays through Sundays. The best part of all, it's free.
The fountains by the MNAC (Catalonia Art National Museum) were created for the World Exhibition in 1929. In the summertime the fountain offers a show game mixing water, light and music. It's a really breathtaking show, don't miss it! Truly, it brings the tears...
From October to April the fountains are on only on Friday and Saturday from 7pm till 9 pm. In the summer season they are on from Thursday to Sunday from 8 pm till midnight.