24th May 2011
The Magic Fountain of Barcelona is one of the collection of waterfalls and ponds on Avinguda Maria Cristina, which stretches from the Palau Nacional to Plaça Espanya in Montjuïc.
This spectacular fountain is the main and most important of the fountains and is very popular because of its water arrangements, sound and lighting shows. It comprises 2,600 litres of pumped water per second into its three concentric pools, water that is pumped back thanks to its recirculation system, lowering so the water consumption and being more eco-friendly. Though its connection to the groundwater network of Montjuïc Mountain, the Magic Fountain and the three upper waterfalls are supplied with water coming from subsoil level.
This Fountain was built for the 1929 World Fair by Carles Buïgas on the site where The Four Columns by Josep Puig i Cadafalch had stood before being demolished in 1928. Using extremely artisanal methods, up to thirty water arrangements could be used with different colours. In the 1980s music was added, and shortly before the 1992 Olympic Games it was completely renovated and despite of this, the fountain still has a large part of the original mechanisms.
From 30th April to 30th September:
Thursday to Sunday: 21h – 23h30
Musical displays: 21h, 21h30, 22h, 22h30 and 23h
From 1st October to 30th April:
Friday and Saturday: 19h – 21h
Christmas and Easter:
Thursday to Sunday: 19h – 21h
Musical displays: 19h, 19h30, 20h and 20h30.