Montjuïc's Font Màgica, or Magic Fountain, was described as madness when the idea of building it for the International Exposition in 1929 was put forward but even today it is capable of impressing more than one visitor. Its games of light, water, colour and music offer one of the city's most attractive night-time shows and are the most admired feature in the waterfalls and fountains on Avinguda Maria Cristina.
A surprising fountain
Out of all the waterfalls and fountains that Carles Buïgas designed to embellish the entrance to Montjuïc, the Magic Fountain is regarded as the most beautiful and one of Barcelona's must-visit sights. Its history dates back to the International Exposition in 1929, when the organisers felt it was necessary to design a special feature that was bold and would surprise people. That was how the civil engineer Carles Buïgas came up with the idea of the Magic Fountain and, although many initially thought it was too ambitious, it was eventually built in under a year with light shows very similar to those you can see today.
Buïgas enchanted the public with light shows that made the fountain more attractive and turned it into a "magic fountain". The fantastic show offered by moving water, coloured lights and the music that was added in the 1980s, means the fountain is a must for anyone who wants to know Barcelona.
- Plaça de Carles Buïgas, 1