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  • Location:Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

'The Shadow of the Wind' Walking Book Tour in Barcelona

Discover central Barcelona in a unique way with this guided walking tour of locations in 'The Shadow of the Wind,' a bestselling novel by Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Follow the footsteps of the characters in the book, which has sold more than 2 million copies since 2001, and visit Barcelona sites unknown to most tourists, such as Santa Anna Street, Baixada de la Llibreteria and Montcada Street. See the famous Els Quatre Gats Café and the beautiful Church of Santa Maria del Mar, and become immersed in the magic of the book as you listen to commentary from your guide.


  • 2.5-hour narrated walking tour of The Shadow of the Wind book sites in Barcelona
  • Visit iconic Barcelona landmarks from the novel, like the Church of Santa Maria del Mar and Els Quatre Gats Café
  • Discover the locations of the fictional Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop
  • Explore off-the-beaten-path Barcelona squares and alleyways like Santa Anna Street and Baixada de la Llibreteria
  • Become immersed in 1940s Barcelona with your guide's live commentary

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'The Shadow of the Wind' Walking Book Tour in Barcelona

'The Shadow of the Wind' Walking Book Tour in Barcelona

On this literary city walking tour, travel back to the Barcelona of the early 20th century and follow the footsteps of the characters in the novel The Shadow of the Wind, a bestseller by Carlos Ruiz Zafón set in the 1940s. The winner of several awards including the Premio de la Fundación José Manuel Lara in Spain and the Borders Original Voices Award in the United States, The Shadow of the Wind is about a boy, Daniel, and his mysterious journey around Barcelona to find the truth about a book, also called The Shadow of the Wind, that he finds in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. The book and the journey will change his life forever.

Meet your local guide in central Barcelona, and dive into the story as you visit locations both real and fictional, and hear about the key plot points from your guide. Just like Daniel Sempere and Julian Carax, two of the main characters, you’ll walk through a labyrinth of mysteries and surprises.

Stroll down Rambla Santa Mónica and arrive at the Arch of the Theater, where you can imagine the aged carved wooden door that Daniel sees, the ‘old palace skeleton’ and the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

Head through Plaza Real, Calle del Call and Baixada de la Llibreteria before making you way to Calle de Argenteria. You’ll soon reach the Church of Santa Maria del Mar and Montcada Street (Calle Montcada), where the Santa Lucia shelter and Xampanyet are located. Enjoy commentary from your guide reminding you of scenes from the book that happened in these places.

Continue to the famous Els Quatre Gats Café and Santa Anna Street, and then see a square with a church, where the Sempere & Sons bookshop is located in the novel. Walk along Canuda Street until you reach the Ateneo Barcelonés and the Palau de la Música Catalana (Catalan Music Palace), where your tour will finish. From here, visit the palace (on your own at own expense) or continue your exploration of Barcelona at your own pace!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour was just under three hours long, walking through crowded areas as well as small niches of the city. I thought it did well in capturing the mysteries of the book. Our guide was informative and full of knowledge about the story as well as the city. And the red umbrella was a great beacon!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The guide for the tour was enthusiastic and made wonderful connections between the city locations and the book. Although I was the only English-speaking member of the tour group, the guide did a wonderful job of stopping to translate when my Spanish comprehension fell behind. I would recommend this tour to anyone who has enjoyed the book.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was a fantastic tour. Our guide knew the book and the city very well. She was just excellent. i would recommend her and this tour to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Fun tour! Our guide Cristina had one of the best reading voices I've ever heard! The tour does a great job of digging deeper into the book and really brings the book to life.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Very worthwhile. Even though I was the only English speaker on the tour and the guide spoke only Spanish, her slow speech (at my request) helped to make the tour inviting and enjoyable. Don't even consider this delightful evening walk without reading the novel.
And her patience with my poor Spanish really helped me pick up some vocabulary - another plus.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

A one-of-a-kind experience, unique and providing great insights into the book, the story line and the author. Cristina, the tour guide, was amazing, friendly, knowledgeable and always ready to address any particular questions one came up with. Please keep up this kind of tours and if possible add new ones on stories that occur in Barcelona and other cities where you operate.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and ended up being a private tour. Wonderful to walk and see the different locations and buildings talked about in the book and l loved when the tour guide read passages from the book to emphasize a location or mood. Also was able to go into some of the stores and talk to owners. Great tour, brought the book to life for me.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Although I was the on;y English speaker the guide took the time between stops to tell me what was said. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Intresting and nice guide tour , we discover unknown places , it was nice

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better December 2014

Signed up for English tour. Got Spanish tour with translation into English. Otherwise good content and knowledgeable guide.

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