Magical fountains in Barcelona: an impressive (and free) sound and light show

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Looking for a night time show that's beautiful and also happens to be free? Barcelona's magical fountains offer a fascinating light and sound show for young and old.

Magical fountains Barcelona

The magical fountains of Montjuïc have been one of the symbols of Barcelona since the 1929 World Expo and these days they are still considered a fabulous spectacle of light and sound.

The fountains of Plaça Catalunya, renovated in 2015, have recently joined the movement and now light up in a thousand colours several evenings a week.

The magical fountains of Montjuïc

With the majestic Exhibition Palace (now the Museum of Catalan National Art) as a backdrop, the magical fountains at Montjuïc are one of the most popular attractions for families visiting Barcelona.

The advanced technology of Montjuïc’s magical fountains

It must be said that the sound and light show that takes place several times a week is really superb! The fountains of Montjuïc have more than 7 billion possible combinations of water and light due to a complex system of hydraulic elements and light. Simple, right?

The fountains’ technology is very advanced, as a choreographic generator creates a spectacle depending on an analysis of the music playing. The musical rhythm and structure are taken into account as well as the emotions inspired by whatever music is being played. Impressive!

Special shows of the Montjuïc magical fountains

La Mercè 
In September, the Montjuïc magical fountains display their special sound and lights at the Mercè festival, the celebration of the patron saint of Barcelona. The show is combined with fireworks to beautiful effect.

The Barcelona jazz festival

In Autumn at the 47 Voll-Damm Internacional Jazz Festival, pieces composed by the great artists of jazz (Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra…) set the rhythm for the magical fountains of  Montjuïc at different times.

The end of year holidays

The end of year holidays are also a special period for going to the magical fountains as the music selected is made up of Christmas songs. To get you into the Christmas spirit!

Special sessions are organised on the 25th, 26th and 31st of December as well as the 1st and the 5th of January if it falls on a day where no show is planned.

Sound and light timetable

Autumn/Winter

  • From November to March
  • Friday and Saturdays from 7pm to 8:30pm
  • Show times: 7pm, 7:30pm and 8pm

Spring/Summer

      • April, May and October
      • Friday and Saturday 9pm to 10:30pm
      • Show times: 9pm, 9:30pm and 10pm

 

      • June, July, August and September
      • Thursday to Sunday 9:30pm to 11pm
      • Show times: 9:30pm,  10pm and 10:30pm
      • The sound and light is interrupted for part of the year to maintain the fountains. Generally it happens between the 7th of January and the end of February.

Why? For its impressive technology
How much? Free
Where? Plaça de Carles Buïgas, metro Espanya (L1, L3)

The magical fountains of Plaça Catalunya

A new and different show

Since their renovation in 2015, the fountains in the Plaça Catalunya have also been fitted with a system of coloured lights that light up when night falls.

The show is different to the magical fountains at Montjuïc as the music does not sound across the square. To enjoy the whole synchronised show with sound, download the free Font BCN app, designed by Barcelona town hall. It is an ingenious way to combine a superb city centre show with peace and quiet for the local residents!

Timetables of the magical fountain in the Plaça Catalunya

Spring/Summer

      • April to October
      • Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
      • Shows start at 9pm, 9:30pm, 10pm, 10:30pm, 11pm and 11:30pm

Autumn/Winter

      • November to March
      • Every Friday and Saturday
      • Shows start at 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm, 9:30pm, 10pm and 10:30pm

Why? For its central location
How much? Free
Where? Plaça Catalunya, metro Catalunya (L1, L3, L6, L7)

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Pauline

Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?