A huge fountain that crowns the long sweep of the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina to the grand facade of the Palau Nacional, Font Màgica is a unique performance in which the water can look like seething fireworks or a mystical cauldron of colour.
Originally created for the 1929 World Exposition, it has again been a magnet since the 1992 Olympics. With a flourish, the ‘Magic Fountain’ erupts into a feast of musical, backlit aquatic life. On hot summer evenings especially, this 15-minute spectacle (repeated several times throughout the evening) mesmerises onlookers. On the last evening of the Festes de la Mercè in September and on New Year's Eve, a particularly spectacular display includes fireworks. Eco initiatives include the use of groundwater and LED lights.