28 abr. 2014

My TOP 5 FOUNTAINS in Barcelona

Maybe the most widely known fountain in Barcelona is Font de Canaletes, in Rambles, very near Plaça Catalunya. The legend says that you will never leave Barcelona, if you drink from that fountain. Well, you may try and see if it works.

Nevertheless, there are many other fountains in the city. Here is my TOP-5 list.



In Plaça Sant Just, five minutes away from Plaça Sant Jaume, is considered by some people as the oldest fountain in town (in direct competition with Font de Santa Anna). It dates from the 14th century but some works were done in 1831. It stood in the parish burial ground (now charming Plaça Sant Just) and, as you can see, it still works pretty well. 


You may skip the fountain in front of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. It is just in front but it is so simple, that you probably will not look at it twice. But you should know that the fountain of Santa Maria (1403) was once known as “font dels senyors” (or fountain of the gentlemen) because it was near Carrer de Montcada, where the nobility members lived. It is one of the oldest fountains in the city and has suffered only little modifications since it was built.

Font de Santa Anna with the emergency staircase Alejandro mentioned in his comment

This fountain is at the crossing between Portal de l’Àngel and Carrer Cucurulla. It dates back from 1356 and it is said to be the oldest fountain in town. It has ceramics works in Noucentisme style which date from 1918. Next to the fountain, there was a watering place were passing-by livestock could drink (part of the place can still be seen). It is a remainder of the times when there was a cross-road here for travellers coming in and out of the town. Now it is a good meeting point for people shopping in the area. 

A city council information on Gothic style fountains


This huge ornamental fountain was built in 1929 for the International Exhibition, and still offers a spectacular display of music, water acrobatics and lights which generate over 50 kinds of shades and hues. It was designed by engineer Carles Buigas, and was one of the great successes of the 1929 International Exhibition. The fountain was thoroughly restored for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games so that it could continue to offer a unique display to delight all age groups. Every year, Montjuïc’s Magic Fountain is the site for the "Piromusical", a huge firework display with a music and laser show, which is the closing event for Barcelona’s main festival, La Mercè (September 24). The Magic Fountain is located at the end of the Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina just below the Palau Nacional.

Check the Web site to see operating times and dates: Ajuntament de Barcelona - Font Màgica


Barcelona is said to be one of the cities with more drinking water fountains. There are about 1,600 fountains and 825 of them belong to one single model, known as FONT BARCELONA. You will see this humble fountain in almost every street. That is why it is my 5th top fountain.

If you want to have more information on any of the fountains or even have a map with the location of each of them, there is an APP called Fonts BCN. All the fountains are here, and each fountain with an artistic or historical value is explained in detail. 

3 comentarios:

  1. You should review your post: I read today that they the folks in the Artistic Society in the building just behind FONT DE SANTA ANNA have RUINED it with a flight of emergency exit stairs leading to the very fountain... Appalling!

  2. Thanks for your comment Alejandro. I will check!

  3. Hi again. I included a photo of Font de Santa Anna with the emergency stairs.