The Magic Fountain of Montjuic is Indeed Magical:
I had previously seen pictures of the Magic Fountain (La Font Magica) but nothing quite prepares you for how magical this Montjuic fountain is.
We were rushed from our dinner to Montjuic to catch the 10 p.m. performance of the Magic Fountain. Our coach deposited us at Plaça Espanya and we walked down Avinguda Maria Cristina which has a row of fountains called The Maria Cristina Collection. As we approached the Magic Fountain, the size of the crowds gave a hint of how popular an attraction the Magic Fountain is. Not knowing the lie of the land, we followed the crowd and rushed to get as close as possible to the fountain only to realize that you get sprayed on. And from a photography point of view, the best view is really further away.
When the Magic Fountain starts shooting jets of water and creating water sculptures into the air, the combination of the music and the light show makes it a truly magical experience. If you see the silhouette of the people in the photo, you’ll get an appreciation of just how high the water gets.
La Font Magica
La Font Magica was built for the 1929 Great Universal Exhibition. Carles Buïgas, its designer, only submitted his plans one year before the exhibition and many thought that it was too ambitious and given the time he had, it was unlikely to be completed. More than 3,000 workers were employed on the project and less than a year later, the Magic Fountain was born. Up to thirty water arrangements can be created with different colours.
The music was not part of the original design. This was added in the 1980s and shortly before the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games the Magic Fountain was completely renovated. However, the fountain still retains a large part of the original mechanisms.
The Magic Fountain entranced us for half an hour, after which it repeats its repertoire, so we really didn’t have to rush our dinner to get here.
This fountain is a must-visit on your Barcelona holidays. You can also enjoy images of La Font Magica at Travelsignposts photo gallery.
How to get to the Magic Fountain:
By metro: Catch the metro to Plaça Espanya – Green Line (L3) or Red Line (L1). Then walk up to the top of Avinguda Maria Cristina.
From 30th April to 30th September the operating hours are:
Thursday to Sunday: 21:00 – 23:30
Musical displays: 21:00, 21:30, 22:00, 22:30 and 23:00
From 1st October to 30th April the operating hours are:
Fridays and Saturdays: 19:00 – 21:00
Christmas and Easter: Thursday to Sunday, 19:00 – 21:00
Musical displays: 19:00, 19:30, 20:00 and 20:30
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