The show at the Magic Fountain of Montjuic is a one-of-a-kind, choreographed water dance to music, lights and a host of other technical surprises that make the show innovative and exciting for adults and children alike. One of Barcelona's most iconic attractions, the show has just switched over to summer hours.
Located near Montjuic by the Espanya metro stop on the green line, the Magic Fountain will play every 30 minutes between 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (The final show begins at 11.) every Thursday through Sunday during the summer; this is generally the schedule from the end of March until the end of October. The show lasts around 15 to 20 minutes.
This is a must-see Barcelona attraction. Built in 1929 as one of the main monuments for the Barcelona World Fair, it's still one of the most famous spots in the city, with an estimated 2.5 million visitors a year. The fountain is also one of Barcelona's free attractions, with no admission required even during the busy summer months.
The Magic Fountain show is a great way to kick off the evening or a nice way to make your way to Montjuic at night. Stop at the base and watch the dancing lights that are synced so well with the water and the music, and then continue up to the top of Montjuic and take in the gorgeous panoramic city views.
Barcelona's Magic Fountain show amazes thousands of visitors each year — Photo courtesy of Barcelona.cat
The show is a leisurely walk from Poble Sec neighborhood, about 35 minutes. Or you can take a quick taxi ride or the green metro line. If you take the metro, get off at Plaza Espanya; it's right there. Be sure to arrive early, especially if you're with kids, as there are no seats. The closer you are to the front, the better.
After you're finished the show, take a stroll around Montjuic and visit the Castle or catch an open-air movie, which runs almost every evening during the summer. You can sit on the grass, rent a chair or bring your own and have a bottle of wine and a few snacks while you enjoy the outdoor cinema.
You can also visit the MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalonia), which is not only a beautifully designed building, but holds a vast array of Catalan Art. The museum is especially known for its incredible collection of Romanesque Church paintings and for Catalan Art and design from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It includes Modernism and Noucentisme works as well.