Everything You Want To Know About Barcelona’s Magic Fountains

May, 2019

You might know that Barcelona is considered to be one of the most accessible cities in Europe. It has accessible public transport, adapted and flat streets, and hardly any cobblestones. Barcelona is a busy city with a lot of tourist attractions, day and night. Take the wheelchair accessible Magic Fountains or ‘Font Màgica’ for instance. This spectacular water and light show attracts over 2.5 million visitors every year. It is a magical experience, and some even refer to it as ‘fireworks with water’. Certainly, a must-see when you are visiting Barcelona! And the best thing of it all: the show is completely free.

The Magic Fountains Barcelona is the hub of a complex of fountains, cascades, and pools. It is located on Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina in Montjuïc, Barcelona. The Magic Fountains can be found below the Palau Nacional and near the Plaça d’Espanya. Like most of the surrounding constructions, they built the fountain in honor of the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. Carles Buigas constructed it on the place where the Four Columns used to be, which represented the Catalanism movement. The Spanish Civil War destroyed them in 1928. Luckily these were rebuilt in 2010, just a few meters away from their initial place.

Location and How to Get There

Now that you know a little bit more about the fountain, how do you get there? It is easily accessible by public transport. We advise you to take the bus to Plaza Espanya and from there you have to take the street from Plaça d’Espanya towards the Palau Nacional: the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina. When you get to the stairs, make a right and then you will find the wheelchair accessible route in front of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion (see pictures).

Then you arrive at the magic fountains. However, if you wish to visit the MNAC museum as well since it is close by, you cannot access the museum from the magic fountains or the other way around. You will have to go back and take the bus from Plaza Espanya to the MNAC (bus 55). The alternative is to take an accessible taxi.  Taking the bus is the best and easiest option because these are 100% wheelchair accessible. Find out more about public transport accessibility hereYou can also find an accessible toilet at the Magic Fountains. Arrived at your destination? There is only one thing left to do, enjoy the show!

Signpost to Mies Van der Rohe Pavilion
accessible route through pavilion
accessible toilet magic fountains

Barcelona Magic Fountain Timings

The opening dates and timing of the Magic Fountains depend on the season. Find an overview of the shows here. There are always two shows in one evening. For accessibility purposes, it would be best if you choose the first show and are there at least 30 minutes before it starts. These shows tend to be very crowded and having front row seats would be best for visibility. Do you want to know what songs they are playing at the evening that you are going to visit? You can check them here.

Magic Fountain Barcelona goes green!

A few years back, they replaced the old lighting with LED technology. This brings a lower consumption rate and on top of that LED lighting offers beautiful colors. The Magic Fountain has also been running on groundwater since 2010.

So, what are you waiting for? Go and make your stay in Barcelona unforgettable with this magical evening spectacle!

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