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

Barcelona, Spain
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Follow in the footsteps of characters from the bestselling novel The Shadow of the Wind on a literary walking tour. Discover some of Barcelona’s most sacred locations 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.
  • Guided 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
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 guide at this conclusion point.
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Arts Santa Mònica
Barcelona wouldn’t be Barcelona without the Rambla. A wander up and down this famous boulevard is a ritual well worth observing. Just soak up the atmosphere and admire the buildings, from the Canaletes fountain to the Columbus Monument, which connect the old and modern city with places like Liceu and Boqueria. A walk through the life and history of the city.
Duration: 15 minutes
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Placa Reial
This square is so beautiful, it's no wonder it was named "royal" (reial Catalan for royal). The elegant ambiance of the Plaça Reial is accentuated by the fountain, streetlamps and palm trees, and it is one of Barcelona's busiest, most vibrant spots, particularly at night. This is Barcelona's best-loved porticoed square.
Duration: 15 minutes
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Ateneu Barcelones
In 1906, Palau Savassona became the property and headquarters of the Ateneu Barcelonès. This iconic association, presided over by such illustrious names as Àngel Guimerà, Valentí Almirall, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Joan Maragall and Pompeu Fabra, has been working for culture for more than a century and a half.
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papirvm was born in the heart of the Gothic district of Barcelona in 1981, where it transports you to paradise from lovers of writing, from a past time to the present time, in which by that difficult conjugation join the ancient and handmade forms of binding with different materials such as skin, fabric, or paper.
Duration: 15 minutes
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Carrer de l'Argenteria
But we couldn't talk about historic streets without mentioning others that are less well known but have a special charm of their own. If we walk through the Born, it won't be long before we come across the names of trades such as: Sabateria (shoemaking), Assaonador (tanning), Argenteria (silversmithing), Cotoners (cotton trading), etc. Their names are the legacies of the workshops set up by Barcelona's most important guilds and organisations in the late Middle Ages. Groups of artisans dedicated to the same trade, set themselves up on a corporate basis to cater to the common needs of all their members. Every guild had its own guidelines and rules. They usually set up their premises on the same street and became the most important group of artisans with the result that the street adopted the name of this particular craft or trade.
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Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar
The basilica of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona, also known as the "cathedral of La Ribera", is one of the most perfect examples of Gothic style architecture due to its harmonious proportions and the serenity of the ensemble.
Duration: 20 minutes
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Els 4Gats
Els 4 Gats, was a café in Barcelona (Catalonia) which opened on 12 June 1897. It also operated as a hostel, a cabaret, a pub and a restaurant. Active until 1903, Els Quatre Gats became one of the main centers of Modernisme in Barcelona. The artist Ramon Casas i Carbó largely financed this bar on the ground floor of Casa Martí (1896), a building by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch in Carrer Montsió near the center of Barcelona. Els Quatre Gats was reconstructed during the transition to democracy in 1978. Pablo Picasso visited this pub–restaurant often in his early art career.
Duration: 15 minutes
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Santa Anna Church
The Church of Santa Anna in Barcelona is a haven of calm hidden in the heart of the city. Located very close to Plaça Catalunya, it is enough to place yourself in the center of the square where your main entrance is located, to realize that it is a hidden gem amid the turmoil and whirl of the modern city. With a thousand years of history in its walls, nowadays it serves as a soup kitchen for the most needy. In addition, on specific days, Spanish guitar concerts are organized to which both tourists and locals attend promptly.
Duration: 15 minutes
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Wonderful Insights
, May 2019
An excellent way to spend an evening becoming immersed in the locations of the Shadow of the Wind, with thoughtful touches and pulls from the books. It is a bilingual tour, and often takes place in very loud areas so sometimes it's hard to follow along between the language switches and the general noise of Barcelona, but I still really enjoy the tour.
I would have given 5 stars but...
Marie C
, Apr 2019
Unfortunately, we did not get to do the tour. Our tour guide never showed up! Viator refunded me :).
icon Response from Host , Apr 2019
Hello Marie, We want to apologize. That day our guide had a personal problem and she didn't get on time to the start of the tour. She wasn't able to contact us neither. So we were'nt able to call all our guests or find a quickly solution. We are so sorry about all the troubles we might caused you. We already refund the total amount but if you, your family or your friends will come again to Barcelona we will so happy to offer you any of our tour for free. We know it's difficult to change a bad experience, but we always work trying to do the best for our costumers.
Excellent! The guide - Teresa? - was...
, Dec 2017
Excellent! The guide - Teresa? - was brilliant. It was La Merce weekend, so a lot of crowds on the route. Recommend warmly!
I cannot recommend this tour any...
Marie-Claire B
, Sep 2017
I cannot recommend this tour any higher. My boyfriend and I are big fans of the book so to have a beautifully constructed tour given by a lecturer of Spanish literature from the University of Barcelona was just fantastic, the rainy setting made it even more fitting! Our guide not only took us through many of the settings from the book but also showed some lesser known historical places from Barcelona's history which was just fascinating. The tour is given in both Spanish and English with notes and quotes from the book throughout. We both loved it. If you are thinking about doing it, do it, you wont regret it.
The tour was wonderful as the tour...
Robyn J
, Nov 2016
The tour was wonderful as the tour guide was top notch... Don't underestimate the amount of walking. Take a street map and keep track of the streets as there might be things you would like to go back to, like the pen and book store ... I tried to find them again but got lost in amongst the alleys. That might be one thing that could add... A tagged map for the customers, something with some little notes about locations and plot points.
Really nice tour, the guide was very...
Elena G
, Jul 2016
Really nice tour, the guide was very knowledgeable and professional. You also get to see Barcelona from a different perspective.
Excellent tour, more meaningful if...
Eric S
, May 2016
Excellent tour, more meaningful if one reads the book as the commentaries center around that. Young lady leading the tour was fluent in English and Spanish, used together to enrich the experience for all. Fundamentally, this was a nice walking tour of the parte vieja of Barcelona. Good walking exercise as well, will work up a good appetite.
Our guide was knowledgeable and...
Ethan L
, Apr 2016
Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate about the book and Barcelona in general. She really made it come alive for us.
Nice tour of Barcelona - would have...
Sarah L
, Feb 2016
Nice tour of Barcelona - would have liked a little more info on the book though!
the tour guide was very...
Peter G
, Jan 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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