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Follow in the footsteps of characters from the bestselling novel ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ on a 2-5-hour literary walking tour. Discover some of Barcelona’s most secretive and sacred sights as you trace the narrative of the novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, which has sold more than 2 million copies since its publication in 2001. Stroll the winding streets of Santa Anna Street and Montcada Street; absorb the ambience of the renowned Els Quatre Gats Café; and gaze at the beautiful church of Santa Maria del Mar as your guide enriches your literary and historical knowledge. 

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

Greet your accomplished literary guide in central Barcelona and set out on your cultural odyssey to the locations that inspired the timeless tale of the Shadow of the Wind. Listen to a summary of the book’s captivating plot then follow in the footsteps of the protagonist Daniel, who explores Barcelona desperately seeking the truth about a mysterious book he found in a cemetery. 

Stroll down the atmospheric Rambla Santa Mónica and arrive at the antique wooden door at the Arch of the Theater; imagine Daniel seeing the ‘old palace skeleton’ and the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time. 

Meander through charming squares such as Plaza Real and Baixada de la Llibreteria before arriving at the quaint church of Santa Maria del Mar. Engage with captivating commentary from your guide as you’re reminded of the significance and scenes surrounding the church. 

Continue to the renowned Els Quatre Gats Café, an important location within the novel, then stroll to the fictional location of Sempere and Sons bookshop. Admire the imperial majesty of Palau de la Música Catalana then bid farewell to your knowledgeable guide at this conclusion point. 

Customer Reviews

Ethan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate about the book and Barcelona in general. She really made it come alive for us.

Kelly D

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.

Patrick C Ireland

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.

Sonia

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.

warichards

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.

JOSE A. O

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.

Antonietta L

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.

John S

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.

Peter G

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

the tour guide was very knowledgeable on this topic and was enthusiastic. the tour was good too and we found out a lot more about Barcelona than just the references to the book.

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