Feel the Magic on Barcelona’s Montjuic Hill

I believe we have determined that I am cheap or, as I prefer to be labeled, frugal. Not to say that I won’t kick down serious cash to create a memorable experience, but sometimes free is good too. Really good. The Magic Fountain of Montjuic in Barcelona is a case where “the best things in life are free”.

I have seen a fountain before, I’ve been to the Bellagio in Las Vegas. That counts. But, I haven’t seen a Spanish fountain. Or a magic one.

The Magic Fountain of Montjuic is an impressive display of water acrobatics, colorful light and music ranging from classical to modern hits.

Luckily, this water wizardry was happening a short walk from El Tablao de Carmen where we would be watching a passionate flamenco dance that evening, this would be the perfect pre-dinner appetizer.
Montjuic Fountain in BarcelonaMontjuic Fountain in Barcelona

There were mini fountains on the way to the maxi fountain, an amouse bouche.

They were also a good indication that we were heading the right direction on Avinguda Maria Cristina. So was the lingering crowd of people.
Montjuic Fountain in Barcelona

The fountain did its dance every couple of minutes, and it was tantalizing. It could have even been magical If I wasn’t sandwiched in between hundreds of other tourists.

The crowd was understandable because FREE + MEMORABLE = CROWDS
Montjuic Fountain in Barcelona

Even so, I give two thumbs up for the stunning display of agua at Magic Fountain. Monjuic is a must.
Annette White at Montjuic Fountain Montjuic Fountain in Barcelona

Within the same area there are plenty of other attractions if water works are not your only thing; the Olympic Stadium, Castell de Montjuic, Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalunya and Palau Nacional.

It would be easy to spend several hours in this area of Montjuic, but we had some Spanish flamenco to see.
Olympic Stadium at Montjuic
MNAC at MontjuicMontjuic Olympic Stadium

Have you seen the Magic Fountain? What is the most spectacular fountain show you have seen?


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  1. Simon August 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    I remember sitting on the edge of the fountain and having all the water crash down on me! I love Barca.

  2. Juliann | Browsing the Atlas August 26, 2012 at 4:27 am - Reply

    Pretty pictures. Who'd have thought that water could be so captivating?

  3. Jeff @ GoTravelzing August 26, 2012 at 9:00 am - Reply

    One of my favorite things to do in Barcelona.  Where did those 4 columns come from that they put in front of the fountain?  It ruins the view.  They were not there on my last trip in 2010.

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey August 26, 2012 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Those columns weren’t there? I’m not sure why they are there now 🙁

  4. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures August 26, 2012 at 9:25 am - Reply

    I missed it when I was there, que lastima! But these pics are gorgeous!!!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey August 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      I hope you get to go back to see it!

  5. sketchingbrad August 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Amazing Photos! It truly is Magical

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey August 28, 2012 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you 🙂

  6. Callie August 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous!  I'm off to Barcelona in a couple of weeks and didn't know about this – so thanks for the heads up 🙂

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey August 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      It is a must-see! Have a GREAT time in Barcelona and eat lots of Pinxtos 🙂

  7. Christine August 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    This is one of my favourite places in Barcelona as well! I'm loving these pictures as I was only able to see the fountain at night after a days worth of sight seeing. Looks like you had fun 🙂

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey August 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      The fountain at night is spectacular too. We were lucky enough to get there right before it turned dark, so we got to see it both ways.

  8. Born27 August 31, 2012 at 9:30 am - Reply

    All the pictures you shared here is truly a magical..Everyone looks ha fun in this vacation…

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey September 1, 2012 at 7:10 am - Reply


  9. Elle of Solo Female Nomad September 1, 2012 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Wow, the fountain makes for an even more spectacular setting! As if Barcelona could get any more beautiful.

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey September 1, 2012 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Barcelona definitely is not lacking in beauty 🙂

  10. Kyle September 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    I feel the same way about street performers, some who actually do perform magic! haha This is free entertainment and I really appreciate those places that make these performers and performances (such as these fountains) a part of the cultural experience. Taking in the sites and sounds of a place are free and rewarding. Experience a place through your senses, it's always free when you look at it this way

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey September 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      Some of those street performers are amazing!

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