The most fascinating fountains in Spain
The supply of drinking water has always been a key issue for cities and towns. That is why fountains are often essential elements in getting to know a locality. From the old and simple to the modern and spectacular, these constructions focus the attention of many squares or parks. Among the most curious fountains in Spain, which are presented below, you can find everything from pure efficiency to masterpieces. A journey to places as far away as Seville or Ourense that starts below.
Magic Fountain of
Magic Fountain of Montjuïc working. | Shutterstock
The first of the most curious fountains in Spain is also the most spectacular. It was one of the highlights of the project that decorated the city for the 1929 International Exhibition. It stretches along Avenida de María Cristina and, after climbing a staircase with a waterfall, you can see its triple central pond. In the background are the Montjuic Palace and the Four Columns, which were rebuilt in 2010 after being demolished in 1928. An overwhelming complex that was planned from the beginning to impress.
The water jets, with a flow of up to 2,600 litres per second, are combined with lights and sound elements in choreographies. It is, for example, an essential part of Barcelona’s New Year’s Eve celebration. There are also performances throughout the year. These take place from Thursday to Saturday between March and January, extended from Wednesday to Sunday in the summer. On the other hand, it closes from January to the beginning of March.
Fuente del Ángel Caído (Fountain of the Fallen Angel) (Madrid)
Fuente del Ángel Caído in the Retiro. | Shutterstock
This sculpture has become famous for being one of the few monuments dedicated to the Fallen Angel. In addition, the height above sea level in Madrid means that it is 666 metres above sea level. A coincidence that, together with the evocative surroundings of the Retiro, makes the fountain in which it is located one of the favourites in a city that has other extraordinary ones, such as Cibeles.
Its origin dates back to 1877, when Ricardo Bellver carried it out. The success of this work, which deals with the punished daring of the devil, led to its winning prizes and the decision to exhibit it. After evaluating the possibility of keeping it under a roof, it was concluded that it was better to keep it in the air. Thus, the option chosen was the Gardens of the Buen Retiro. Thanks to this, eight years after its creation, the Fallen Angel of Bellver came to occupy the position it has held until today.
La Reana Fountain (Palencia)
La Reana Fountain. | Wikimedia
Known as Fuentes Tamáricas, after the Cantabrian people who dominated the area, they are possibly the oldest on the list. Located in Velilla del Río Carrión, Palencia, their legend goes back to Roman times. It was in the first century when the historian Pliny the Elder described them. Of them he said that its flow was intermittent, filling or emptying without much sense. Moreover, before flowing it always made a characteristic sound that served as a warning. It is believed to have been associated with rituals of divination in pre-Roman times, as the Tamaric people worshipped water.
For centuries the Fuentes Tamáricas remained lost. However, in 1781 Enrique Flórez, a Spanish historian, managed to locate them. It was not until the 1960’s, though, that it was almost entirely confirmed that the La Reana Fountain was the same as the one described by Pliny. For example, a Roman altar appeared near it. A hermitage was also built nearby in the 13th century, although the locals were unaware of the myth they had in the village.
Firgas Waterfall and Fountain (Gran Canaria)
Paseo de Gran Canaria in Firgas.
Firgas is located in the interior of Gran Canaria. In addition to enjoying the good climate of the island, one of its great virtues is its abundance of water. On the Gran Canaria promenade is the waterfall that ends up 30 metres down in a fountain. A monument that symbolizes the importance of water in the population and the municipality, very tied to agriculture. The picture is completed by 21 benches representing the municipalities of the island to which it belongs, following the pattern of the Plaza de España in Seville. It is precisely from there that its tiles come.
Grifo mágico of Santa Galdana Cove (Menorca)
Grifo Mágico de Santa Galdana, one of the most curious fountains in Spain. | YouTube
A visual game is the great attraction of the next of the most curious fountains in Spain. It is the Grifo Mágico in Santa Galdana cove, in the Menorcan municipality of Ferreries. Although there are others in Spain, like for example in El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz. A pipe supports and provides the flow to a sculpture in the shape of a tap that seems to levitate. The flow itself hides the invention, so the sensation of seeing it work is strange to say the least.
Fountain of Hispalis (Seville)
Fuente of Hispalis in Seville. | Wikimedia
As with the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, a major event is related to the opening of the Hispalis fountain. In this case, the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929. Therefore, both share birthdays. Seville version was projected a year before by the town hall. The local sculptor Manuel Delgado Brackenbury had the honour of developing it. The set is a beautiful allegory of Seville itself, in which the central female figure stands out.
Unfortunately, the work had an original part cut off for years. Four children with shells from which water jets flowed were removed in 39. It would take 76 years to be replaced by similar pieces. Thus, in 2015 the Hispalis fountain looked whole again.
Fountain of Lions (Granada)
Fountain of Lions in La Alhambra, Granada.
Without leaving Andalusia, the trip to see the most curious fountains in Spain leads to the Alhambra. One of its most famous landmarks is the fountain of Lions in the courtyard and palace of the same name. Although small, it supplies water to four canals that lead to adjacent rooms, symbolizing important Muslim rivers. The central bowl is surrounded by the animal sculptures that give the complex its name. They are an extraordinary example of Islamic sculpture, specifically of Nasrid art. Its size, larger than usual, and its good finish focus the attention of this central room.
Mohamed V of Granada, whose dominion was divided into two periods, commissioned the Palace of the Lions in the 16th century. He was also responsible for extensive reforms and extensions to the Nasrid mass palace. The courtyard, in particular, was started in 1377, already in the second part of the reign. For its part, the animals date from the 11th century. A legend says that the lions came from the house of another important figure from Granada. According to the myth, they were obtained from the house of Semuel Ibn Nagrella. A Jew, he was a powerful vizier who came to rule in practice the Taifa of Granada when the beasts were sculpted.
La Granja de San Ildefonso (Segovia)
Fountain of Los Baños de Diana in La Granja.
During the first quarter of the 18th century King Alfonso V made the Royal Site of Granja de San Ildefonso what it is today. This palace in Segovia was the place where he should have waited for death after abdicating the throne in 1724. However, the death of the new king, Louis I, and the political skill of his wife, Isabel de Farnesio, brought him back to power. In any case, the gardens of the place remained among the most beautiful in the country. The fountains it possesses are largely responsible for this.
There are 21 in total, which needed several ponds to function properly. Several sculptors were in charge of designs that drink from allegories and classical mythological figures. According to the time, gods and Greco-Roman entities are intermingled with characters representing elements of the country, such as rivers. Above the rest, the fountains of La Fama, with a jet of more than 40 metres, the Baños de Diana or the Cascada Nueva stand out. It is only possible to see them all working three times a year: in San Luis, Santiago and San Fernando.
Thermal springs of Las Burgas (Ourense)
Las Burgas in Ourense. | Shutterstock
Ourense has the most famous urban thermal waters in Spain. In the current centre are the thermal fountains of Las Burgas, which are perhaps the best known. The springs were exploited by the Romans, who used them both to feed hot springs and with a more sacred character. The benefits of the springs meant that they were never left out.
As for the fountains that can be seen today, the whole can be divided into three parts. On the one hand there is the Burga de Arriba, from the 17th century; the Burga do Medio, more modern and with a visitors’ centre, and the Burga de Abaixo, from the 19th century. The springs that feed them were damaged at the beginning of the 21st century by illegal prospecting. Despite the loss, the hot springs are still part of the heritage of Orense. A great incentive for the pilgrims of the Vía de la Plata who visit it.
Foncalada Fountain (Oviedo)
Foncalada fountain in Oviedo. | Shutterstock
Also anchored in antiquity and in the north, La Foncalada is a rare sight. In Oviedo, it is a unique example of pre-Romanesque civil engineering. The inscriptions suggest that the capital of the Principality of Asturias, and the Primitive Way to Santiago, saw one of the most curious fountains in Spain erected more than ten centuries ago. Thus, it was in the 9th century when Alfonso II the Chaste would have ordered its construction. What is certain, according to documentary evidence, is that in the 11th century it was already active. It is a World Heritage Site along with the rest of the city’s monuments.
Caños de San Francisco Fountain (Avilés)
Caños de San Francisco Fountain in Avilés. | Shutterstock
Without leaving the Principality of Asturias, this list of the most curious fountains in Spain can be concluded. On the coast of central Asturias, in Avilés, is the Caños de San Francisco Fountain. Six rocky heads each hold a spout in one of the Avilés star monuments. It is old, but not as old as La Foncalada, as it dates from the 17th century. Shortly before it was raised, important works were carried out on the site, including the channelling of the waters.
In this way, the liquid was distributed through different points, including this one. Close to San Nicolás de Bari, it is the only survivor of the original fountains. With respect to the coats of arms, the sides represent the city itself that runs along the Northern Way, while the third is that of the kingdom.
10 Best Fountains In Madrid, Spain
The capital city of Spain, Madrid is known for is elegant boulevards and expansive parks such as Buen Retiro. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to this part of the world to explore the culture, architecture, and food. During your tour to Madrid, one of the must-see sights that you have to explore is the Royal Palace of Madrid, which was used as the official residence to the Spanish royal family although now it is used only to hold state ceremonies. Madrid has lots of things to see and do. In case you run out of ideas on what to do during your visit here, you can always discover the nearby fountains. Check out best fountains in Madrid, Spain.
1. Four Fountains
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Designed in 1781 by Ventura Rodriguez, the four fountains, also known as Las Fuentecillas is a note-worthy piece of architecture which you can find between the Botanical Gardens and Prado Museum. Each of the four fountains features a triton holding a dolphin in varying positions. The Four Fountains were initially constructed as part of the major renovation scheme for Salón del Prado. They are an important fixture in the city, especially with festivals held around the area always drawing people in.
Address: Paseo del Prado, Spain
2. Neptune Fountain
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Constructed by Juan Pascual de Mena and Jose Rodriguez in the period between 1780 and 1786, this neo-Classical fountain is a well-known landmark and one of the most preferred attractions by both tourists and locals in Madrid. The main aim of Neptune Fountain, which was commissioned under the orders of King Carlos III, was to pay tribute to the god of the sea, Neptune. In the fountain, Neptune is depicted holding a snake in one hand and a trident in the other, powerfully standing on a chariot driven by sea horses while surrounded by dolphins. What an incredible site to discover.
Address: Plaza Canovas del Castillo, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Isabella II Fountain
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Also, know as the Galápagos Fountain, Isabella II is a well-known landmark commissioned by Ferdinand VII to honour the first anniversary of the birth of Princess Isabella. The fountain was initially constructed in Red de San Luis in 1832 but 50 years later, it was moved to Glorieta de Nicaragua in Retiro Park, just close to the bandstand and the big lake. The fountain features three fairies offering gifts to the princess. The fountain was meant to reflect good wishes to the future queen. The dolphins ridden by four children signify wisdom, intelligence, and prudence; the water represents the source of life, the Galapagos tortoise signifies longevity while the marine elements represent fertility.
Isabella II Fountain
Address: Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain
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4. Cibeles Fountain
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The Fountain of Cibeles is dedicated to the goddess of fertility and nature, Cybele. You can find it within the neo-classical Plaza de Cibeles right in the middle of the city. The fountain was constructed during the rule of Charles III. The fountain was mainly designed by Ventura Rodríguez, the chariot and the goddess were designed by Franciso Gutiérrez while Roberto Michel designed the lions which are pulling the chariot. The fountain used to stand next to the Buenavista Palace but in the 1800s it was re-positioned to face the centre of Madrid.
Address: Plaza Cibeles, S/N, 28014 Madrid, Spain
5. Fuente de la Alcachofa
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Initially located at the Atocha roundabout, this landmark was an important tourist attraction thanks to the fact that it was one of the first monuments tourists used to see as soon as they left the station. Currently, the fountain is located in Retiro Park just next to Fuente de Los Galapagos. Made of granite and white stone, the fountain features plants and water, marine deities, and an artichoke at the top of the fountain. There is also a triton and a nereid flanking a round base while holding up the city’s coat of arms.
Fuente de la Alcachofa
Address: Parque del Retiro, 28009 Madrid, Spain
Website: Fuente de la Alcachofa
Opening hours: 6am – 12pm (daily)
6. Orpheus Fountain
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Standing in front of Santa Cruz Palace, the Fountain of Orpheus was initially constructed on Plaza de la Provincia in 1629 but sad enough, in 1865 it was dismantled. More than a century later, under the supervision of the municipal housing authority, a replica was constructed at the square based on the original design. The fountain features an octagonal base with four water spouts coming from a central column that is topped by a statue of Orpheus. Thanks to the reconstruction of the fountain the town has successfully managed to maintain the original appearance of the square.
Address: Plazade la Provincia, Madrid, Spain
7. Fuente de la Fama
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Fuente de la Fama, also known as the Fountain of Fame was built in 1732 under the reign of Felipe V de Borbón. The main purpose of the fountain was to embellish the town and improve its water supply. The fountain was constructed by Pedro de Ribera and was nicknamed as the fountain of Anton Martin, due to the fact that it stands on the eponymous square. The monument features spirals from the base, held by four mythological dolphins, all way to the top. At the top, there is a winged figure proclaiming triumph with a trumpet. In 1941, the fountain was moved from Pedro de Ribera square to the square of the Museum of HIstory of Madrid.
Fuente de la Fama
Address: Calle Barceló, 2D, 28004 Madrid, Spain
8. Fuente de la Cruz Verde
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Designed by Martín López Aguado, Fuente de la Cruz Verde is a monumental complex whose name is derived from the plaza where it stands. The monument features three parts which are separated by white stones, the central one being a little higher than the lateral ones. Inside the fountain, there are seven pipes, five pipes are located at the front of the fountain, while each side has one. The most notable features of the fountain are the sculpture of Diana which also features two dolphins at the feet of Diana. The fountain also has the shield of the city and below it is an inscription recalling the dates that this monument was inaugurated.
Fuente de la Cruz Verde
Address: Plaza de la Cruz Verde, 2, 28005 Madrid, Spain
9. Fuente del Nacimiento del Agua
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Fuente del Nacimiento del Agua or Fountain of Water was built in the northern part of Plaza de Espana during one of the many renovations in 1969. The granite part of the fountain was designed by architect Manuel Herrero Palacios, while sculptor Antonio Campillo did the bronze sculptures of naiads. At the centre of the fountain, the water is sprayed up with the help of a series of multi-jet nozzles and spills over the inner elliptical basin which forms two scallop shells. Each of the scallop shells has a kneeling statue of naiads holding a pitcher in their hands as they pour water on the shells.
Fuente del Nacimiento del Agua
Address: Calle de la Princesa, 20, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Website: Fuente del Nacimiento del Agua
10. Apollo Fountain
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This statue of the god of music is one of the best classics erected in Spain. In this fountain, Apollo appears to be carrying a lyre and can be seen with allegorical sculptures of the four seasons. This is because he is the god responsible for the birth and change of seasons. Due to the importance of this fountain, the project was executed by several sculptors. The final realization was done by Manuel Álvarez in 1781, but he was unable to complete the figure of Apollo as he died in 1797. The fountain of Apollo was finally finished in 1802 after King Carlos IV and his wife ordered its completion so as to inaugurate the monument during the wedding of Prince of Asturias. The main function of the Fountain of Apollo was to encourage the development of culture and science.
Address: Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Discover the fountains of Madrid
These fountains not only offer a cool respite from the sunny Spanish climate–they are also small remnants of the country’s rich culture. If you find yourself in Madrid, stop by these architectural gems all over the city to recognize the hard work, creativity, and history that goes into each beautiful and intricate fountain.
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Singing Fountains in Barcelona – Barcelona Travel Guide TM
Singing Fountains in Barcelona is one of the most striking sights of the city. It is located at the foot of Montjuic in front of the Museum of National Art of Catalonia.
How the singing fountain in Barcelona was created
The idea of building a unique singing fountain in Barcelona on the Montjuic mountain, which could change its shape due to a combination of lighting effects, color and music, was born more than 80 years ago. Its author was a talented engineer named Carlos Buigas. He thought very carefully about every detail of his project, down to such moments as:
- pool size
- number of pumps
- water volume
- color effects
It is important that the engineer calculated the water recycling system to save water. The idea was brought to life in 1929.
The opening of the singing fountain in Barcelona took place on the opening day of the World Exhibition.
The creation of Carlos Buigas got its well-deserved name: “Magic Fountain”.
The Singing Fountain in Barcelona was greatly transformed for the 1992 Summer Olympics, when it was supplemented with musical accompaniment. Initially, the fountain had manual control. The shape of the fountain, lighting, and music for the show were set by the fountain’s staff. To date, its control system is fully automated.
About the Singing Fountain Show in Barcelona
The Singing Fountain Show in Barcelona evokes a flurry of positive emotions and leaves a unique impression. Water flows seem to come alive to classical music, performing a bewitching dance, subtly feeling changes or intensification of the melody.
The Singing Fountains in Barcelona are made up of hundreds of small and medium-sized fountains, forming a complete picture. In addition to the masterpieces of the world classics by Tchaikovsky, Bach and Beethoven, the fountain also “dances” to the modern hits of world music.
Every year, during the closing of the Catalan festival “La Merce”, there is a magnificent musical pyrotechnic show with a lot of fireworks, lasers and various music.
At nightfall, the Montjuïc area becomes a visitor’s paradise, where the rising jets of water are illuminated with all the colors and shades of the rainbow, turning into a wonderful picture. The singing fountains of Barcelona come to admire not only tourists, but also residents of the city. You can enjoy the dance of the singing fountain in Barcelona both from local restaurants and cafes, and by taking a seat on the viewing platforms located on the sides of the fountain.
Where are the singing fountains in Barcelona
Barcelona, Pl. Carles Buïgas (Plaza Carlos Buïgas)
How to get to the Singing Fountains
- Metro: España station on the green line L3 and red line L1
- Bus: 165, 157, 109, 55, 56, 57, 37, 27, 13
You can enjoy the wonderful sight of singing fountains absolutely free of charge.
To buy a ticket for the Montjuïc cable car, go to via link to the official ticket platform.
How does the singing fountain in Barcelona work?
The Montjuïc Singing Fountain Show lasts 30 minutes and starts every half an hour according to the opening hours.
Summer season : from May to October, from Thursday to Sunday from 21.00 to 00.00.
Location of Singing Fountains
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Singing Fountains in Barcelona or Magic Fountain of Montjuic
Singing Fountains in Barcelona.
Singing fountains in Barcelona are called real magic.
When the sounds of music and the power of water merge into one symphony, an amazing extravaganza arises.
Everyone who has ever managed to see this spectacle says that it is worth coming to the capital of Spanish Catalonia for this!
Singing fountains in Barcelona – the story of a dream
Many objects were built for the World Exhibition, which was held in Barcelona back in 1929. But something special was missing. Then the Spanish engineer Carlos Buigas proposed his project.
According to the author, the element of water has never left people indifferent, and if combined with the power of light, their futuristic synthesis can not only impress, but also become a real symbol of Barcelona.
The foothills of the 173-metre-high Montjuic was the perfect place for the idea of Buigas.
In 1929 the fountain had the shape of an ellipse with illumination. But for the 1992 Olympic Games, it was decided to modernize the fountain according to new technologies.
In a year, Fuente mágica de Montjuic has turned into a real fairy tale.
Plaza de España.
Paths of hundreds of jets have been added to the main bowl, which stretch from the Plaza de España, and are enclosed in a colorful composition.
More than three thousand workers brought to life a new idea, giving singing fountains in Barcelona the main thing – a voice.
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In total, the Magic Fountain has 3620 jets in its arsenal!
25 years ago, the singing fountains in Barcelona served two dozen people, they regulated the water pressure, synchronized lighting and music.
Today all this is automated.
Plaza de España. Evening.
The magic of the singing fountains in Barcelona in action
Every evening, when the weary sun of Barcelona sinks into the sea, dusk sets in. And then the real fairy tale begins.
The fountain literally comes to life. From a thousand nozzles, hundreds of gallons of water explode into the air, synchronously dancing to the beat of the music.
The repertoire consists of powerful classical compositions, lyrical melodies of the 80s, modern rhythmic music.
The fountain, like a rainbow, glows and shimmers with all colors and shades.
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The Magic Fountain jets are 4 meters high!
An enthusiastic voice rolls over the crowd of spectators. The rhythm of music evokes a lively response not only from the jets of the fountain, but also in the hearts of numerous tourists, who every year come to see the fountain more than 2 million!
It is simply impossible to take your eyes off the magical dance of water! How to describe what you need to see with your own eyes.
Note to the tourist
If you plan to go to the show and see not only the backs of the heads of thousands of other tourists, it is better to come early. You can take good places in an hour or two, because people gather for the spectacle, like for the World Cup.
By the way, if you don’t want to push around, you can watch the singing fountain show from the roof of the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes shopping center in Plaza España.
Climb to the basement and everything will be in full view.
You will see the magical musical fountain for free!
View from the roof of the shopping center “Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes”.
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Barcelona Magic Fountain delights tourists for free all year round!
Schedule, mode and opening hours of singing fountains
|Period||Day of the week||Opening hours||Showtime|
|01. 04-31.05||Thursday, Friday, Saturday||21:00-22:00||21:00-21:30|
|01.06-30.09||Wednesday – Sunday||21:30-22:30||21:30-22:00|
|01.10-31.10||Thursday, Friday, Saturday||21:00-22:00||21:00-21:30|
|01.11-06.01||Thursday, Friday, Saturday||20:00-21:00||20:00-20:30|
|01.03-31.03||Thursday, Friday, Saturday||20:00-21:00||20:00-20:30|
All detailed information on organizing a visit to the magical fountain, as well as any changes in the opening hours, can be found on its official website: www.barcelona.cat.
Location, how to get there
|1 – fountain in Barcelona||2 – shopping center “Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes”|
The singing fountains are located at the foot of Montjuic, near Plaza España, not far from the metro station “Plaza Espanya” (“Spain Square”), to which lines L1 and L3 go.