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La Rambla Drinking Fountain (Font de Canaletes) - Does it Have Magical Properties?

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Do not underestimate the power of the water from the La Rambla drinking fountain (called the "Font de Canaletes" in Catalan). Folklore says that if you drink from this famous fountain at the top of La Rambla you will fall in love with Barcelona and always return to the city. I'm not superstitious however I drank from the fountain in 1993 and now I live here.

Little do the unsuspecting people (in the photo below) know they will be coming back to Barcelona every year from now on. Notice how fervently they are drinking from the fountain. Like I said, the water from this fountain has a magical quality. Do you dare to drink from the La Rambla fountain?

We are conducting a survey to find out if the legend about this fountain is true or false.

See the feedback form below the photo to send us your experience.

We have also posted the responses below the form.

Famous Drinking Fountain on La Rambla. One sip and you will be back.
Famous Drinking Fountain on La Rambla. One sip and you will be back.

La Rambla Drinking Fountain Survey: Help Us To Discover if The Legend Is True or False

If you have drank from the La Rambla fountain above we would love to know your experience. Let us know your experience by filling in the form below.

The responses to the survey are posted below this form, at the foot of this page.

La Rambla Drinking Fountain Survey
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Name: Juanita S. A.
Date: 18-Aug-2017

Date of Visit: 18/07/2017
Did you drink from the La Rambla fountain?: Yes
After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience:
I was there with a group from our church. My sister went too. I drank from the fountain after the tour guide told us about the legend. I thought it was a nice legend but did not really put much stock in it. I came home and only one month after returning, my husband, I, and my son have made plans to visit together next summer.


Name: James G.
Date: 28-Jul-2017

Date of Visit: 21/07/2017
Did you drink from the La Rambla fountain?: Yes
After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience:
We were told about the fountain by our coach tour guide so I decided to drink from it. The water was warm and I struggled to switch the tap off and think I may have broke it in the process! One week on from my visit, I have shown an interest in returning and have already browsed the FCB ticket website. No trip is booked yet but would love to make another visit in the next couple of years as time in the city was limited. (I stayed in La Pineda and came to Barcelona for only the afternoon).


Name: Ellen
Date: 30-Jun-2017

Date of Visit: 10/07/2014
Did you drink from the La Rambla fountain?: No
After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience:
Well not so much Barca, but I truly want to return to Catalunya. The Rambla was too busy and hectic for me. But I loved the Barri Cuitat Vella.


Name: Mirjami Myllymäki
Date: 29-Jan-2017
Did you drink from the La Rambla fountain?: Yes
After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience:
I drank from the fountain the first time I visited Barcelona. Now it's been six years and I've been there three times since my first visit. At the moment I'm filling out application papers to become an exchange student in Barcelona. I love the city and I just keep coming back.


Name: Amanda
Date: 10-Sep-2016

Date of Visit: 22/09/2006
Did you drink from the La Rambla fountain?: Yes
After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience:
Studied abroad there. Fell in love. Going back on my honeymoon!


Name: Isaac
Date: 16-Aug-2016

Date of Visit: 30/11/2015
Did you drink from the La Rambla fountain?: Yes
After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience:
I was planning to fly home from Moscow back to Sydney after three months of smooth travelling with no errors. I arrived at the airport on time to catch my plane back to Sydney. Once I got to the line to check in, they told me the plane was full and that I would have to get another flight. Meanwhile my Russian visa was expiring so I had to get out of the country ASAP. I had euros in my wallet and I looked on the flight board at departing planes. There weren't many options but I had to choose one fast - Valencia appeared and the ticket was cheap so I decided this would be the best option. I then realised that I would have to go to Barcelona from Valencia to get my plane out back to Sydney .. So the fountain didn't lie, everything works so mysteriously ...


Name: Alma
Date: 28-Apr-2016

Date of Visit: 25/06/2014
Did you drink from the La Rambla fountain?: Yes
After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience:
My friend took a picture of me drinking from the fountain. Later I researched the folklore and history behind the fountain. Very cool. I've now been back to Barcelona twice!


Name: Elston
Date: 28-Dec-2015
Date of Visit: 02/12/2014
Did you drink from the La Rambla fountain?: Yes
After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience:
On a cold December evening, we had returned from Valencia and just walking the streets in Barcelona, I was thristy from all the wine from the Lunch, so I decided to take a drink from a nearby fountain. I satisfied my thirst and next thing I know there a group of Japanese tourists taking pictures. Little did I know it was "Font de Canaletes" I was drinking from.


Name: Michelle, Michael and Danny.
Date: 18-Sep-2015
Date of Visit: 06/07/2015

Did you drink from the La Rambla fountain?: Yes
After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience:
Went on a tour with high school students. We LOVED Barcelona.


Name: K barber
Date: 16-May-2015

Date of Visit: 26/04/2015
Did you drink from the La Rambla fountain?: Yes
After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience:
We are returning. How weird, I didn't think we would.


Name: Gerry
Date: 20-Apr-2015

Date of Visit: 11/04/2015
Did you drink from the La Rambla fountain?: No
After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience:
I didn't know anything about this fountain and much more about this legend until I read this article. Just got back from Barcelona less than a week ago. My family spent 3 days and 3 nights in the city right in Las Ramblas which, to me is the highlight of our Portugal and Spain holiday. Now, there is this inner force that's compelling me to go back to Barcelona. I dunno what it is but I really miss the city; her sights and sounds, her pulsating activity, her mysterious c'mon factor! I hope to go back to Barcelona as soon as possible.


Name: Alex
Date: 14-Mar-2015

Date of Visit: 14/03/2015
Did you drink from the La Rambla fountain?: Yes
After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: No

Experience:
I was reading about the history of Barcelona and stumble across this legend. I told my (ex) girlfriend that we have to drink it! It was in April of 2014.

Next week (March 2015) I'm heading back there again! I don't know if it's true but Barcelona is amazing anyways.

(Don't know about my ex though, we broke up later in the year)


Name: Hannah
Date: 15-Sep-2014

Date of Visit: 10/06/2014
Did you drink from the La Rambla fountain?: No
After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience:
While I did not personally get to drink from the fountain, I loved my trip to Barcelona more than any other trip I've ever been on. I hope to return someday for another trip if not to move there permanently.


Name: Bob C
Date: 05-Nov-2013
Date of Visit: 28/10/2013
Did you drink from the La Rambla fountain?: Yes
After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience: All I have is one Response, I LOVED IT. The water from the fountain was more pure than any type of water I've ever drank.


Name: Leya J
Date: 08-Sep-2013
Did you drink from the fountain?: Yes

After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience: I was posted in Barcelona for a work for a couple of months and even though it was for work, it was seriously the best time of my life. I would make sure to Google about a landmark or a must do in Barcelona and would visit that place every weekend. I fell in the city and would love to visit sometime soon.


Name: Stefanie
Date: 06-Sep-2013
Did you drink from the fountain?: Yes

After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience: I travelled to Barcelona with my high school and I was one of the few students who drank from the fountain (after being told about it's "magical qualities"). I have not yet returned to Europe but I do have future plans to do another trip once I complete my Masters and Barcelona is 100% on my list of places I need to go back to.


Name: Jan
Date: 19-Aug-2013
Did you drink from the fountain?: Yes

After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience: I was on a business trip for my British publishing company and was delighted to be shown around Barcelona by a sweet girl from Planeta. She told me about the folklore and we drank from the fountain. In 1988 I met my husband and we have been to Barcelona together probably about 10 times. The first time I told him to drink from the fountain too. He then worked for Chupa Chups and has returned many more times. My children are now teenagers; they drank and have visited Barcelona about three times; amazing since we now live in America. We love Barcelona.


Name: Rosa
Date: 13-Apr-2013

Did you drink from the fountain?: Yes

After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience: When I drank water from the La Rambla fountain for the first time, I didn't know there was such a legend. So, I drank water without any intention. Surprisingly, later I came back to Barca in 2009!


Name: Arnel A
Date: 05-May-2012
Did you drink from the fountain?: Yes

After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience: I drank from fountain the first time I was in Barcelona. This is my fourth time to be here in the last six years!


Name: Ad van 't W
Date: 19 / 05 / 2008
Did you drink from the fountain?: Yes

After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience: In May the fountain was "dry". But I managed to get a drop of water out of it.


Name: Paige C.
Date: 11/06/2011
Did you drink from the fountain?: No
After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience: I went with a tour group, and Barcelona was my favourite city! So beautiful! Too bad I didn't drink from the fountain!


Name: Carmen and Thomas
Date: 18/10/2007
Did you drink from the fountain?: No

After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience: We visited Barcelona in October. We were there only for those few days before we boarded a NCL cruise for ports in Italy, France before a Trans-Atlantic cruise returning to Miami on November 5. I was especially interested in spending time in Barcelona because when I researched Barcelona on the Web I found that Barcelona was "handicapped friendly" since I (Tom) am non-ambulatory wheelchair-bound and need special transportation to get around. Upon returning from our trip we have only one regret, that being that we didn't spend more time there. My wife and I found Barcelona to be handicapped friendly and would like to return some day for an extended visit to see the many things we missed while we were there.


Name: John D
Date: 10/12/2008

Did you drink from the fountain?: Yes

After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience: It's true, drinking from the fountain makes you want to visit again.


Name: Simone
Date:
Did you drink from the fountain?: Yes

After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience: I am not sure I believe it really but thought I would add a comment just the same. I have been back several times. I just love the place and it has always pulled me towards it. I could not understand it myself. I thought it was because I knew someone there years ago but that was too long ago. Hence why I returned hoping to find out why. I know I experienced a lot of De ja Vous with people there and places. It totally confused me. I came back thinking I won't return there. I love the way that Barcelona always seems to be so alive and there is always something going on. There always so many Feasts to enjoy and people. I love it because it is Multicultural and it is so easy to find people to chat too in many languages. The bonus is that you have fabulous weather.


Name: Paige C.
Date: 11/06/2011
Did you drink from the fountain?: No
After returning from holiday did you feel like you want to return to Barcelona?: Yes

Experience: I went with a tour group, and Barcelona was my favorite city! So beautiful! Too bad I didn't drink from the fountain!


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