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Magic Fountain (Font Magica), Barcelona

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No ordinary water fountain, Magic Fountain (Font Magica) is an unusual combination of light shows and music performances repeated several times throughout the evening. Like most of the surrounding structures, the fountain was designed for the 1929 World Exposition. The massive building project employed over 3,000 workers. Severely damaged during the Spanish Civil War, the fountain did not operate again until 1955, when it was finally repaired and reopened. Today, the fountain is one of the more emblematic structures in this part of the city, mesmerizing long-time residents and visiting tourists with its 15-minute evening spectacles and frequent fireworks displays. Use our Barcelona travel itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Magic Fountain (Font Magica) and other attractions in Barcelona.
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  • What a great experience! Will certainly come back again...its with several music types and colors... beautiful! Worth a visit!  more »
  • The fountain show is amazing, with colourful water streams choreographed to rock, pop and classical music...it's a brilliant way to end your trip in Barcelona. However you'll definitely want to get to...  more »
  • Although a longer show the music was not loud enough. I'm sure it was better at one time. The fountains themselves are still worth seeing, but it is very crowded with a good atmosphere. Short walk to ...  more »
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  • We got seated for this an hour ahead of show time (recommended). I didn't know much about it going in, but it was well worth the wait! This fountain did things i didn't know fountains were capable of doing, and all of it put to the tune of some of our favorite pop music. Definitely a worthwhile event!
  • Absolutely stunning, mesmerizing, beautiful. Went not really expecting anything but it was probably the best hour of my trip to Barcelona. You can go expecting magic and you will still be blown away. It really was magic. The music is so moving and it almost physically lifts you up as enormous jets of water fill the sky and clouds of pink, yellow and blue. We were at the base of the fountain, front row so the water and mist fill your entire view. It's just as beautiful from a higher vantage point, either at the top of the stairs or the bridges. I managed to catch this the next night just by coincidence, but there was no music for some reason the next night. I was disappointed for the hundreds of people who were watching the fountain and not knowing they were missing out on such a crucial part of the experience.
  • I'm surprised how many people found this to be their best site in Barcelona! But, different people have different tastes. My two friends and I found this rather dull, we were especially disappointed by the music... American pop tunes that were not coordinated with the fountain. Spanish fountains deserve Spanish music suited to the spectacle. We stayed about 20 minutes and had seen enough. The best part was watching a youngster on her father's shoulders conducting the music and the fountain.
  • A must see: a great atmosphere and a brilliant show. This would definitely be in my 'Top 10 things to see in Barcelona' list! Research is critical as the shows are on different times and days throughout the year.
  • Very impressive show with the fountain and lights. We got there 20 minutes before the show started (times vary depending on the month) and got a place near the water. If you're hoping for a seat on the stairs nearby you'd have to get there earlier as it was all full when we arrived. There is only a light spray from the water jets and we didn't get very wet.