The Magic Fountain, Barcelona

4.4
No ordinary water fountain, The Magic Fountain 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. Arrange to visit The Magic Fountain and other attractions in Barcelona using our Barcelona tour planner.
Create an itinerary including The Magic Fountain
map
The Magic Fountain Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
22,615 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • At night, it has several shows with stunning lights and music. I recommend reporting schedules since they make few passes and not every day.
    View original
  • A nice thing to watch ,to many people trying to sell tatty souvenirs but worth the walk to see.good atmosphere.child friendly.  more »
  • If you are going to Barcelona an obligatory visit. A very relaxing moment with the combination of music, lights and source. Just find out the schedules.
    View original
Google
  • If you reach when there is a huge crowd in the entrance, just don't stop the view of the evening music fountain dance has lot of better views when you climb up. People just don't move ahead and block the way. It's about half hour music dance with usually most known songs. Day time is also beautiful. Don't forget to take a cap, it can get pretty hot in sun.
  • The castle is beautiful and when the fountains come on it is a lovely view. As you could probably imagine it is full of tourists so crowds can be quite large. And the walk up to the castle is full of 'lucky lucky men' selling various different trinkets and memorabilia. On a Friday when I went the fountain 'show' was on 21:30-22:30. Just after sunset so was very nice to watch but I believe it's start different times for each month of the year but easy to Google and find out what time is best for when you plan to visit. Metro stops at the bottom of the walk up to the castle and around there is bars and restaurants offering well priced food with wonderful views, so is very easy to get to and offers more than just the 'show' if you were interested in some food or drinks before having a stroll up to the main castle.
  • One of the very few attractions in Barcelona which are free. It's a really enjoyable show but it's crucial to arrive early, at least 0.5hr prior to the show, to get a good seating spot, as crowd flocking to see the fountain is guaranteed. There's also a really nice view of the panorama of the city (especially at night) from in front of the museum of the art of Catalonia, which is only few levels up from the fountain.
  • Lovely to watch in the evening and beautiful colours but the music was a little quiet. You can sit in the steps and people walk around selling beers and water. Check the times carefully online - different times for different times of the year
  • We visited the Fountains one fine day in June. People, both local and foreign come nightly to watch the show and dance to the music. Be ready to get a little wet if you like to watch up close. The kids in the Family had a blast.

Plan your trip to Barcelona

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Barcelona

Because the city's metro system makes traveling from area to area relatively painless, you have more flexibility in choosing a place to stay. Barceloneta, the neighborhood surrounding the city beach is somewhat removed from the city center, making its hotels popular with families. Only a 15-minute walk from the center, Barceloneta has a more laid-back beach atmosphere but still offers several restaurants and entertainment options. Farther away from the beach and closer to the city center, El Born is a charming neighborhood well-known for its restaurants and lively bar scene. Eixample is also popular as it is more central and home to some of the city's best shopping and tourist sites, including La Sagrada Familia. For a more traditional experience, consider staying in the Gothic Quarter, the heart of Old Barcelona. This picturesque neighborhood boasts a tight network of historical architecture with boutique hotels and traditional restaurants.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Barcelona by other users

4 days in Barcelona BY A USER FROM SPAIN January, kids, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, kids, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Barcelona BY A USER FROM UKRAINE February, culture, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Western Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Morocco & Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Europe BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA July, culture, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Europe & Africa BY A USER FROM MEXICO March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 25 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Western Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Barcelona BY A USER FROM EGYPT January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Spain BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in Barcelona BY A USER FROM EGYPT January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Spain & Valletta BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans