Barcelona: Magic Fountain, Plaça d’Espanya & Palau Nacional

We stayed in the Montjuïc area Whilst visiting Barcelona, which is a much less hectic spot than the centre of the city and is near to a lot of the sights I wanted to see such as the Palau Nacional and the ‘Magic Fountain’

When we were walking to our hotel on the night we arrived in Barcelona, we stopped by to take a look at the Palau Nacional (an impressive-looking art museum) by night.

Palau Nacional at night

Magic Fountain

A couple of nights later, we headed over to the Palau Nacional area again to watch the Magic Fountain nighttime display. I was sad that I wasn’t able to see this on my last Barcelona trip, so staying near to it was very convenient. Approaching it without knowing what was going on, you might be mistaken for thinking something was on fire!

Montjuïc Magic Fountain

It is pretty magical; the fabulous colourful water display set to music is both moving and beautiful. The showings are only on certain days and only at certain times of year, so bear that in mind if you are considering visiting!

Montjuïc Magic Fountain

Through my photos you can get an idea of the variation of colours and shapes the fountain in capable of creating; it’s an absolutely stunning display and I would definitely recommend seeing it. It’s completely free; you just rock up and watch.

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Plaça d’Espanya

This view is from the Magic Fountain, looking down the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina to Plaça d’Espanya, a very busy junction. On this particular day there was a marathon going on and the main road was closed to cars and packed with people.

Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina with marathon runners

The next day was a stark contrast! In the aftermath of the marathon the road was still closed, so we were able to walk right in the middle of it.

Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina with no traffic

The Plaça d’Espanya itself contains, among other things, the Plaza de toros de las Arenas – a former bullring which has been converted into a shopping centre, and a huge monumental fountain right in the centre designed by an architect named Josep Maria Jujol.

Plaça d'Espanya

Palau Nacional

Because we were staying in the Montjuïc area of Barcelona, we ended up walking past the Palau Nacional/Magic Fountain area most days.

Palau Nacional

Sometimes the Magic Fountain was turned off…

Montjuïc Magic Fountain

…and other times it was turned on; no idea if there was any rhyme or reason to it.

Montjuïc Magic Fountain

Same deal with the other water features around the Palau Nacional. The water features really make the building look impressive.

Palau Nacional waterfall

After climbing up all of the steps, the view from The Palau Nacional itself is pretty awesome.

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From this lookout point, you can see the Sagrada Família, which towers over everything else in the city. If you have a good eye, you might be able to see it in this photo at about 1 O’Clock.

View from Palau Nacional

If you’re in the Montjuïc area, I would recommend checking out the Palau Nacional and the Magic Fountain, even if you’re just passing by. The Montjuïc Castle, Olympic Stadium and Joan Miró Museum are also pretty close by, so there isn’t a shortage of things to do and see.

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