Anyone familiar with football will know, that whenever FC Barcelona win a match, their supporters flock en masse to the Font de Canaletes.
So what is so special about this fountain? With all due respect, nothing really. It isn’t even unique, as there are several other just like it dotted around town, like the one below in Gràcia. It just happens to be the one chosen to celebrate victories by Barcelona’s Blau Grana football players…
So why a post about fountains, you may wonder? Let’s see… how many are there in your home town? If you live in Spain surely more than one, but outside this country (and by all means correct me if I am wrong!) to see a drinking fountain on the street in any given neighborhood in a European city is quite rare. Barcelona has loads everywhere, and I find this note-worthy.
Starting with the humble fount (above) and the slightly fancier one (below), when you wander around the old town in Barcelona, as well as other areas, you’ll encounter various types of fountain. And they come in different sizes too!
I’ve gathered a selection of images of Barcelona’s fountains for you, and what becomes apparent straight away, is that they are used actively. Sometimes for waiting and watching the world pass by…
… others for checking ones map or rummaging in a handbag. This particular fountain also offers a brief history lesson on its pretty tiles, and tells how the second city walls were once located right there.
Both young and old use the city’s fountains – for sorting out bits or string, washing and yes, also for quenching ones thirst, like this little girl is doing in the Barri Gòtic!
Other than drinking fountains, there are also a number of fountains in the Old Town (Ciutat Vella) of the bubbling, or water spout variety. Delightful to listen to, with their soothing sounds. Remember the one (below) from my ‘courtyard’ blog post?
In this same courtyard, it is a striking fact that its original well still exists. And if I may say so, it is looking very good for its age!!