The Plaça d'Espanya is a key traffic junction in Barcelona in front of the Montjuïc, Barcelona's home mountain. It is a free-flowing roundabout. At the Plaça d'Espanya there are stops of the subway lines L1, L3 and the FGC.
In order to explore the Montjuïc, the Plaça d'Espanya, which was renovated on the occasion of the World Exposition, is ideal. The grandiose staging of the square served as the entrance to the World Exposition. The Palau National is situated in the view axis through the two brick towers, which are based on St.Mark´s tower in Venice. Inside, the Museu National d´Art de Catalunya (MNAC) is placed there, today.
These towers are the entrance to the fairground and here starts the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina. It is appropriate to note that you can also pass without admission during fair operation. The Fair (Fira de Barcelona) is situated on the left hand side of the Plaça d'Espanya.
After about 300 meters from the towers in the direction of the Palau National d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC), the Plaça de Carles Buïgas appears. This is the Font Màgica, the Magic Fountain. In the daytime rather unspectacular, however, in the evening it is really magical.
You can attend a special spectacle. Font Màgica spray fountains in correspondence to the sound of music. Font Màgica are a total work of art, music, water, motion and colour. The plant has a total of 3,000 water jets; about 2,000 litres of water per second are pressed through them.
The water games occupy a surface of 50 * 65 meters; the largest diameter of the water basin is 35 meters. Five pumps ensure that 2,600 litres per second of water run through a total of 1,500 meters of pipelines to the 3,620 jets.
The maximum water pressure corresponds to a water column of 54 meters. The fountains are controlled by 134 engines and 109 valves. Together with the lighting system of 8 different colours, it is cared for to put one into the mood.
The music comes from an impressive sound system and 6 km air pipes.
It is worthwhile to visit the magical water games of the Font Màgica several times. The games take approximately 15 minutes and are repeated several times in the evening.
In total, there are nearly 30 different arrangements. We list some songs in our playlist:
Plaça Espanya, Plaça de Carles Buïgas
Metro: L3, L1 Espanya
Bus Turístic: Plaça Espanya / CaixaForum - Pavelló Mies van der Rohe
Operating hours from 1st May to 30th September:
Thursday to Sunday, 9pm ľ 11:30pm
Musical displays: 9pm, 9:30pm, 10pm, 10:30pm and 11pm
Operating hours from 1st October to 30th April:
Fridays and Saturdays, 7pm ľ 9pm
Christmas and Easter:
Thursday to Sunday, 7pm ľ 9pm
Musical displays: 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm and 8:30pm
The Font MÓgica as video on YouTube.
Mood full colors and sounds during the demonstration.
The water games are also during the day worth seeing. Here, hundreds of jets make a water cloud.