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


  • 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Excellent! The guide - Teresa? - was brilliant. It was La Merce weekend, so a lot of crowds on the route. Recommend warmly!

Marie-Claire B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

Robyn J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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.

Elena G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Really nice tour, the guide was very knowledgeable and professional. You also get to see Barcelona from a different perspective.

Eric S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

Veronica H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

the tour and tour guide were AMAZING. Totally worth it!!! but you must read the book first, and have it with you so you can read it again after the tour. Would recommend it 100 and would even do it again.

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.

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