In the week before we headed out to Barca, one of my friends posted a photo on Facebook of her and her family at a fountain light show with some castle thing in the background. Despite having travelled to the city before, I had no idea they had any sights in the Water-Related Magic category and made it my mission to seek this out this fountain and see if it looked as good in person as it did on social media.
‘The fountain in question is located near Monjuic, where we’d spent a few hours the previous evening, slack-jawed, watching the incredible sunset across the city rooftops from the lofty position of the outdoor deck at the Miramar Bar’
The fountain and castle close by are easily accessible (as it the hilltop overlook) by hopping the metro to Parallel on the L3 green line. The light show runs Thursday through Sunday nights during high season and operates reduced hours during the shoulder months. The entire show runs for 30 minutes and is free of charge.
We hit up the first show of the weekend on a Thursday night at 9:30pm. We arrived at the fountain an hour early and it was already busy with people trying to find the perfect spot for viewing. It fills up *really* quickly, so arrive in good time if you want a front row seat. We staked a claim right at the barriers surrounding the main fountain and, although you might have a bit of a wait until the show starts, the view you’ll be afforded when the show kicks off is well worth the wait. There are tiered seating areas at the rear of the fountain by the Castle, but these fill up even quicker and, while offering a prime view from an elevated position, I was keen to be closer to the fountain. Also: I’m not the biggest fan of crowded places, so i need a vantage point where I can make a quick getaway once it’s all over. I don’t like wading through masses of people when I’m heading for my post match wine.
‘It’s difficult to describe just how fantastic the spectacle is when the water starts to shoot from the massive fountain and is lit up in a rainbow of colours to a brilliantly themed play list in the background’
What I can say, however, is that the people who time the fountains to the music are totally deserving of some sort of medal for Services To People. Or, you know, whatever the Spanish equivalent is.
Once the show gets underway you can, as I did, pretend you’re Monserrat Caballais, and rock out with Freddie Mercury to the star track of the show, which is obviously ‘Barcelona’. What else could it be?? You will not be disappointment unless, of course, you were there on the same night as me and had to listen to my singing along. If so, I’d like to take this opportunity to apologise profusely #sorrynotsorry. The full 30 minute long show is sensational and, given it’s free, makes it even more enjoyable. If you have some time in the city, it really is a must-see and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back and see it again.