5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

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

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

'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 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.

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