‘The week before we headed to Barca, one of my friends posted photos of the Monjuic fountain light show on facebook and I instantly knew I had to go…‘
Despite visiting Barca before, I had no idea it had any sights in the Water-Related Magic category. Therefore, I made it my mission to seek out the Monjuic fountain to see if was as impressive in person.
Times and Transport
The fountain and Castle close by are easily accessible (as is the nearby hilltop overlook) from the Parallel metro station on the L3 line. The Monjuic light show runs Thursday through Sunday nights during in summer and operates reduced hours off season. The show runs for 30 minutes and is free of charge.
Get there early…
We hit up the first show of the weekend on a Thursday night at 9:30pm. We arrived at Monjuic fountain an hour early and it was teeming with people trying to find the perfect spot. It fills up *really* quickly, so arrive in good time if you want front row. We staked a claim at the barriers surrounding the main fountain and, despite the hanging around, the view is worth the wait. There are tiered seating areas at the rear of the fountain by the Castle, but these fill up even quicker. 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 with quick-getaway potential.
‘It’s difficult to describe just how fantastic it is when the water starts shooting and a rainbow of colours lights up the night sky…’
Once the show gets underway you can pretend you’re Monserrat Caballais and rock out with Freddie Mercury to ‘Barcelona‘. You won’t disappointed unless you were there on the same night as me and had to listen to my singing. If so, I’d like to take this opportunity to apologise. The show is sensational and the fact that it’s free makes it even more enjoyable. If you have some time in the city, it really is a must-see.
Have you visited the magic fountain at Montjuic?