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(English) Montjuïc and its fountain of music and colour

By | 30 September, 2018 | 0 comments

Few man-made creations are capable of producing quite as much admiration and intrigue as the Magical Fountain of Montjuïc. The playful lights, shadows, colours and movements created by the water, all perfectly synchronised with the rhythm of the accompanying music, have turned Montjuïc Fountain into a real point of interest for anyone visiting Barcelona, and a visit here is the perfect end to any magical evening – followed by a moonlight stroll through the great city of Barcelona.

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As part of the 1929 Barcelona Universal Exposition, the city’s leaders wanted to create a spectacular work of art, something that would really draw people’s attention and become a reference point for tourists arriving from all over the world. Few really believed in the Magical Fountain of Montjuïc project, designed by Carles Buigas, owing to the enormous costs and grand scale of the project. However, the designers surprised everyone with the speed at which it was completed, finishing in just one year thanks to the efforts of some 3,000 workers, but it also wowed audiences with its spectacular appearance. A total of 3,620 jets of water towering up to 4 metres high breathe life into this emotive display of water, light, shadow and colour.

The magical fountain was further completed in the 1980s, when music was added to performances. Since then, the combination of water, light, shadow and colour has created the perfect set of dancers, performing in sync to the rhythm of the music and creating a truly captivating and emotional performance.

Sunset walks from Plaza de España along Avenida María Cristina are the perfect way to enjoy the fountain. The stroll begins at the foot of the two impressive 47-metre Venetian towers, heading towards Fira de Barcelona before you arrive at the Montjuïc Magical Fountain to take in the four cornerstones of Ionian style and the fountains along Avenida María Cristina. This spectacular evening can only be topped off by Montjuïc Mountain, where you’ll find the National Palace, which houses the Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña, as well as a variety of venues that hosted the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992.

We highly recommend visiting on days when the fountain is operating. The best time to visit depends on the time of year. Throughout the autumn and winter months, the fountain operates on Fridays and Saturday evenings between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm, whilst in spring and summertime, it operates on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 9.00pm and 11.30pm. Displays last around 30 minutes and repeat every half hour.

At HCC Hotels, we provide our guests with all the latest information on the Montjuïc Magical Fountain’s displays and special performances throughout the year.

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